A taxpayer whose private call with an Internal Revenue Service employee inadvertently aired live on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show is now suing the shock jock, along with the federal government.
Judith Barrigas, a taxpayer from Sandwich, Mass., called the IRS service center in May 2015 with a question about her tax refund. She reached IRS agent Jimmy Forsythe, who was on the other line calling into Stern’s radio show. Somehow the lines got crossed and listeners heard Forsythe’s conversation with Barrigas, while Stern and his co-host Robin Quivers joked about the call concerning Barrigas’s payment plan (see Howard Stern airs taxpayer phone call to IRS). The IRS had applied Barrigas’s tax refund to pay her outstanding debts from 2011 and 2012, even though she complained she already had a repayment plan set up with the Service.
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