Was that Really the IRS that Just Contacted Me?

If it was a phone call or e-mail, no: the IRS never initiates taxpayer contact with a phone call or e-mail. If the caller left voicemail with a number to call, do not call it. If you receive an e-mail purportedly from the IRS, do not respond to it or click any links; just delete it. For more information on these scams, and on identity theft, see our web page, Identity Theft and Tax Scams.