Scam Alert

Friday, February 10, 2006
NO JOKE!! MUST READ!!! WARNING!

PLEASE READ IMMEDIATELY! THIS IS SERIOUS!

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If you get an envelope from a company called the Internal Revenue Service, DO NOT OPEN IT! This group operates a scam around this time every year.

Their letter claims that you owe them money, which they will take and use to pay for the operation of essential functions of the United States government. This is untrue! The money the IRS collects is used to fund various inefficient and pointless social engineering projects.

This organization has ties to another shady outfit called the Social Security Administration, who claim to take money from your regular paychecks and save it for your retirement. In truth, the SSA uses the money to pay for the same misguided make-work projects the IRS helps mastermind.

These scam artists have bilked honest, hard working Americans out of billions of dollars. Don't be among them! FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW.

(Thanks to Fifth Circle)

22 comments:

David Thomson said...

Oh no, your warning is a few days too late. I have already mailed in my return to the IRS. The scum bags got away with it once again.

terrye said...

Hey, I know people who get more back from the IRS than they paid. I never have been able to figure that out.

markg8 said...
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Peter UK said...

Terrye,
Interstingly many of these taxes are regressive,costing more to collect than is gained in services and revenue.
Government has a genius for this kind of thing.

CF said...

Bad, bad boy.

terrye said...

Peter:

I am serious. I know people who get back checks from the government for more than they paid. It has to do with all the tax credits etc.

markg8 said...
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terrye said...

mark:

I have deleted your posts and will go right on doing it. Go find someone else's blog to infest.

terrye said...

Peter:

There are sticky fingers everywhere.

Peter UK said...

Terrye,
We get that here as well,all it does is siphon monet through the sticky fingers of government department.

RogerA said...

Imagine a flat tax: single rate; Bill Gates and Paul Allen pay x percent of their income; along with every other taxpayer in the country--a single form: Income =
times whatever the percentage = tax paid. Then the IRS can be reduced to a very few people--CPAs and Tax Lawyers, of course, lose big time--

Yes yes--there is always the problem of defining income, but surely we can figure out a working definition that includes the categories. Some of the Baltic States have figured out how to do it. Do we want to be surpassed by people that eat herring for breakfast for heaven's sake?

Apologies to Lithuanians, Estonians and Latvians--no pictures of the prophet were harmed in this post.

RogerA said...

Mark: you have done something really stupid--and that, sir, is an accomplishment for you: you have pissed off Terrye; know you know what the holsteins went through when she was having a bad day.

Buddy Larsen said...

Man alive, them Eastern European flat-tax nations have been on a BOOM with their flat-tax.

Peter UK said...

RogerA
Rumour has it Terrye used to put her hands in the refrigerator before milking..

terrye said...

Peter:

You know they say...cold hands warm heart.

Peter UK said...

Terrye,
Yes!But all those cross eyed cows......

Knucklehead said...

RogerA,

As far as I'm concerned it doesn't even need to be a flat tax. Everyone with income pays some tax. Make 3 or 5 tiers, whatever, keep the number of divisions relatively low. Just for the heck of it I'll put it at:

>= $25K = 3%
> $25K <= $75K = 5%
> $75K <= $175K = 7%
< $175K = 11%

Progressive, everyone pays something. When your W2 arrives it has a little line on the bottom that says has your tax calculated. You mail it to one place with a check if you owe or another place with a SASE if you are due a refund.

That would be fine for W2 type earners. It gets a bit stickier for income that doesn't show up on such forms but why not have all income reporting type forms also be reported right to the IRS, the IRS tracks it all, and sends one form to you.

The big reason we'll never get this, of course, is that a huge portion of our economy is in the business of managing taxes. I once read that something like 30% of the economy is related (I don't recall how directly) to dealing with taxes. That sounds awful high but even if it is 10% no congress is gonna toss that many people out of work.

In addition to being a hide the salami program its an unofficial jobs program. The bastards!

Knucklehead said...

Here's another idea...

Everyone who can't distinguish between the harassment that has occured at Abu Graib or Gitmo has to fill out their own taxes without the aid of software or professional tax assistance. No H&R Block, no TurboTax, no calculator. Here's the forms, here's a pen, here's some paper. Then they will understand what torture is ;)

BTW, my third tax level was supposed to be 8% rather than 7%. Mildly progressive, everybody pays taxes. None of this half the working population doesn't pay any taxes stuff. No 50% of us being Peters robbing from Pauls

RogerA said...

Knuck--I agree with you--the flat tax thing is so easy to execute and it is, as you suggest, scalable! (damn, I got to use that word)--and I think scaling it deals with the wimpy complaints of those progressive tax thumbsuckers, who apparently dont know that the top 1 % of tax payers pay 34 per cent of all personal income tax while the bottom 50% pay 3.46 percent.

It was interesting to me to see where the accounting firms money for political donations went: to those politicians that oppose a flat tax. Duhhh

Knucklehead said...

I have an improvement on my previous idea. In addition to filling out their own taxes they should also have to fill out the FAFSA form and the long version of the census form. We might as well turn the dopes into drooling jelly molds while we're at it.

Buddy Larsen said...

160 bbl/yr is the compliance cost. But the money gets spent and invested, so no great loss unless you have no tax professionals in the family, grrrrrr.

Now, if you want to talk opportunity costs--what those large CPA brains might do for the country besides rat-killin', and what taxpayers would do with their own 160 billion, thats a hoss of a different color.

terrye said...

Some people do not get a W2 and that makes it hard. If you work for cash and are poor it can be hard to know how to file. You have no paper work...no 1099 or W2... so a lot of these folks just hope they don't get caught. But if they buy gas or much of anything else they do pay taxes.