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Fake IRS notice? #4715725
04/04/18 01:41 AM
04/04/18 01:41 AM
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PandaBear Offline OP
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Has this happened to any of you before? Got a letter from the IRS that said I missed a lot of securities on my return. Basically, the cost was filed as the securities so the amounts become 0. I went back to my filing's pdf download and it "looks" correct on the 1040 line 13, schedule D line 16, and form 8949.

Typically my previous mistakes have been forgetting a couple sales on my part, but never having wrong sales price reported.

Further check on google reveals that they ask you to write checks to Internal Revenue Services instead of United States Treasury.


"You keep asking questions PandaBear and you'll end up a vegetarian like my wife" - Camu Mahubah
Re: Fake IRS notice? [Re: PandaBear] #4715730
04/04/18 01:54 AM
04/04/18 01:54 AM
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The IRS will only contact by mail, so it could be official. Verify any phone number on the letter by going to the IRS website and comparing contact numbers. If verified a real IRS phone number, then call and speak to someone to verify legitimacy of the issue.

Re: Fake IRS notice? [Re: PandaBear] #4715763
04/04/18 04:48 AM
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Re: Fake IRS notice? [Re: PandaBear] #4715780
04/04/18 05:48 AM
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There is no agency called "Internal Revenue Services."

Re: Fake IRS notice? [Re: PandaBear] #4715843
04/04/18 07:15 AM
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I would seek out a certified public accountant or tax professional.
Then ask them a bunch of oil questions.

<eyeroll

Re: Fake IRS notice? [Re: PandaBear] #4715863
04/04/18 07:37 AM
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When audited, I have called the IRS to verify if the letter is correct.

Re: Fake IRS notice? [Re: PandaBear] #4716009
04/04/18 09:16 AM
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I once got audited after a rule change and I did not correctly report stock sales. The audit letter came by mail. Turns out after the audit they owed me $100.

If the IRS receives notice that you sold stock and you report no sales you WILL be audited.

I think the scammers normally stick to robocalling/emailing. Too much money/work involved for US mail.

Be sure to confirm with the real IRS before responding.

Re: Fake IRS notice? [Re: PSS] #4716088
04/04/18 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted By: PSS
If the IRS receives notice that you sold stock and you report no sales you WILL be audited.


I would think that they would just correct your return and mail you the bill.


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