No That’s Not The IRS Calling
If the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) finds some problem with your tax filings, or wants to warn you about something, do they:
The correct answer, of course, is “None of the above.”
If someone does any of the above to you, they are not the IRS, even if they say they are. They are most likely some greasy scammer looking to pinch your hard-earned beans.
Your Friendly Bean Counter (FBC) (me) is here to remind you that phony, greasy IRS scams are on the rise, and that the IRS does not call you.
No, if the IRS wants to reach you, they send you a good ol’ letter generated from their good ol’ system, via the good ol’ United States Postal Service. Then YOU call THEM. (Or, if it’s serious, and if you’re smart, you take the letter to a professional, such as a tax attorney.)
Most people have social media. Most have phones. Most have email. But everybody has a United States Postal Service mailing address. The vital American marketing and advertising industries depend on this fact.
(You only have to check your waste basket to verify that you, in fact, do have a mailing address, and that the vital American marketing and advertising industries are heavily involved in using it.)
So when the IRS wants to reach out and touch someone like you, they send you a letter in the mail. It’s that simple. No phone calls. No social media posts. No emails with phishy links for you to click!
Do NOT give your personal information to anyone who calls you. Most of all, be aware that the caller is definitely neither the IRS nor the personal representative of any member of the Jordanian royal family.
- 1How do you react when someone pinches your beans?
- 2How greasy do you estimate the average scammer to be? Create an info-graphic to describe your answer
- 3How can your FBC help you get everything ready for your tax accountant this tax season, and for the REAL IRS?
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Sadie’s Paw Prints
It’s All About The Love
Sadie here, master of Dottie’s heart, barking today about a basic need for all of us, whether we have two legs or four: I’m barking, of course, about love.
You feed your dog on a regular schedule. You keep her water dish full. You even throw the ball for her to fetch from time to time.
But is that enough?
Take it from me, those things are cool, but they’re not enough. We dogs need love, just as much as you do! So carve out some time to sit and pet us, pay attention to us, and talk to us in that embarrassing baby-talk tone we get a kick out of.
There are many reasons a dog might get cranky, but one of the big ones is that they haven’t had enough affection. Of course, you know this. It’s also true of two-leggers.
So give hugs to the beloved people in your life… and pet your dog! You’ll regret it if you wake up one morning and realize you didn’t do those things enough.
Grover’s All Over! Say “Hi,” And Get A Gift
One of our favorite non-profit organizations is the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund, headquartered here in Denver and working all over the globe to help conserve our world’s wildlife.
These days, you might see Grover the Gorilla around town, making his way from one event to another, such as school presentations to help build awareness for the crucial conservation cause.
You can’t miss Grover. He’s riding around in a brightly colored KIA, decorated with pictures of all kinds of endangered animals (the car, that is, not Grover, who is not actually decorated with anything).
KACF is humbly grateful to Peak KIA for the donation of Grover’s 100% carbon-free ride. And we’re grateful to you, too, if you stop by to say “hi” when you spot Grover.
We’ll give you a little gift!
Speaking of gifts, there’s no better way to spend your hard-earned beans than to donate to KACF, and to support their many fine programs. You can learn more here: