This post is to provide some basic Internal Revenue Service information so that you don’t fall for some of the scams out there.
The IRS does make phone calls and it does send agents to businesses if you are behind in your taxes or have other unresolved tax issues.
They will not do this for any first attempts to contact you so if you ever hear from anyone by phone or email claiming to be from the IRS and you are fairly certain that you do not have IRS issues, don’t fall for it.
The recent scams sound official and from what I understand, they give people the same type of information that the IRS does. They give a name, badge number and a case number. The IRS gives this information out as well as a phone number for the taxpayer to call back if they are not comfortable speaking with this “stranger” on the phone. It’s perfectly natural not to trust someone calling saying they’re from the IRS and the IRS does not know who they are speaking to until they request that you give them your personal information including your full social security number so that they may verify this with their information on file. I urge all taxpayers not to give the person calling any information, especially a social security number, but instead take the number you are given by them and call the official number of the IRS, 800-829-1040, to verify it is legitimate before calling back! If you are not given a phone number to call back or they are requesting payment information, hang up because you know its a scam.
It’s important to remember that the Internal Revenue Service’s first attempts to contact is by mail for most problems and it is very important to respond to that first notice so that your issue does not blow out of proportion and you accrue additional penalties and interest.
Though some IRS agents and field representatives will take payments, never give any payments or payment information to anyone collecting for the IRS. The collection representatives will give you the information needed to send your payments depending on your state and how you wish to make them. If you aren’t able to fully pay your liabilities, they will be able to establish some type of payment arrangement for you. Please don’t establish one if you really are in dire straights financially and will only end up defaulting right away.
If you believe that you are in some kind of a hardship situation, let the IRS customer service rep know this so they can take the appropriate action. They will need to collect some financial information from you so they can determine if you are currently uncollectible and all collection will be placed on temporary hold.
More information can be found on this and other IRS Collection issues in my book soon to be on Amazon.com.
And the Great Witch Hunt For Doctor Oz
The government thought they could shut him up by intimidation by making him appear before their mighty counsel and take him to task by stating that his claims that certain natural foods could help in losing weight was not accurate. They claimed there was no proof in this and he was just getting people’s hopes up. They told him to cease making these kinds of claims even though there are people who have actually lost weight using these foods. He lacked the “scientific proof” they were requesting. This is the best they could do at the time.
Coincidentally they did this after he started exposing the danger that was in some of our major food sources. Dangers that could actually put our health and very lives at stake. Findings that ABC News senior health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser did not believe and people at the top felt threatened enough to have this other Doctor publicly condemn the findings. Dr. Oz was challenged by numerous sources very publicly with these findings that named the brands that came from major corporations. When you adversely effect the profits of any large corporation you had better be prepared to put your money where your mouth is and Dr. Oz was prepared because he challenged Dr. Besser to send samples for independent testing himself and Dr. Besser later agreed with Dr. Oz’s findings that we do have dangerous levels of arsenic in our apple juices.
Ironically he appeared before The Senate consumer protection panel who apparently, just aren’t doing their job and neither was the FDA as you will see if you click on the above link. I was amazed that the FDA would even think of hiding findings for any reason but now know that our government covers up whenever they feel like it.
We live in a very material world with capitalism the base of America. Every time Dr. Oz gives people natural remedies or a way to be naturally healthy, that’s one less pill or diet supplement that will be sold. That’s loss of profit for that business. Anytime he warns people of the dangers in our food source, that’s less products being purchased and again it effects the bottom line of that company. Even though we may be healthier, in a capitalist society that is heresy!
I don’t know about you but I only have one life and I want to live it as healthy as possible. I want to be given all the facts so that I may choose what I wish to do. I do know that Dr. Oz is for the people and our government will cover up dangers we need to be aware of in favor of corporate greed. That doesn’t say very much about our country but it doesn’t surprise me at all since corporations are large contributors to reelection campaigns and don’t contribute to anyone that is not a “team player.”
That being said, I am disgusted at the obvious attempt now to again try and shut this good Doctor up and make him lose his credibility. I for one felt a need to speak up in his defense. This latest attack by some in the medical community only confirms my worst fears about them. Most are only in it for the money now. I am sure this is a group of snot-nose sell-outs who got through medical school on some trust fund from their parents and now think they are too good to be linked with Dr. Oz at Columbia University or feel some type of pressure from unnamed sources to pull a stunt like this. In the typical “liberal with an agenda” style, they are attempting to get Dr. Oz removed because they seem to feel he is not holding up the Hippocratic oath of “first do no harm.”
I think they better look in the mirror.
When you watch a horror movie about monsters or psycho killers, they all have one thing in common that is supposed to bring fear to your heart.
These “things” will stop at nothing! Is that a character flaw? That alone, no. The reason they don’t stop is they are focused on one thing. Obsessed, if you will, single-minded to get what they want. Problem with scary movies is they usually want to harm or kill someone. Usually it’s some innocent person that doesn’t even know the perpetrator of this evil. Never met them, never wants to meet them and hopes it will crawl back into hell from whence it came!
Complete and utter lack of compassion and empathy is shared by all. I guess that’s why I have no sympathy for murderers of any kind. I don’t compare those that have had to kill in self-defense or for the good of all as murderers or even killers. They did what they had to do against what their personal beliefs were for the good of mankind or to save themselves from someone who didn’t give them a choice in the matter. That is very different from having the heart of a monster. In fact many of those people are heroes.
The real monsters are many now because most don’t believe in God. That belief alone says you have no faith. Faithless people are capable of anything and it’s not likely it will be anything positive. They are empty vessels and all vessels will be filled with something whether they know it or not. Jesus spoke of this when he referred to the body as the house and it was well swept after an exorcism but must be filled in a way as to not invite more evil spirits. He also made reference to serving. Everything a man does reflects his true heart and who he serves. Who do you serve?
All God’s children fill their vessels with love and they share this love in all that they do.
My mother lied to me as a child when she told me there was no such thing as monsters. Every time we listen to the latest horror fest on the news, we know for certain that monsters really do exist. But much like the monsters in the movies, they never win.
I truly believe the short-lived “American way of life” is indeed over.
I believe the only reason we had this brief revival of patriotism towards our country is due mainly to the Roosevelt’s and their contributions to change the horrors done to the majority of the citizens, the working poor. The ones that hold everything together and make a better world for all, yet seldom if ever got a chance to share in that “American Dream!”
I don’t even know if I will continue the charade of voting and not just because of the electoral colleges, which should have been against the law to begin with, but because of the poor excuses for candidates.
There is no longer a “lesser of two evils” as there once was. Most of them stink on ice! They pretend that there are two political parties, but there really isn’t. One party wants to pass mandatory healthcare and with this came the loss of decent coverage for many. I know this as someone who was trying to purchase individual coverage before Obamacare that carried a $260 monthly premium in 2012 that changed to $530 now for the same low-end coverage just 3 years later!
Another party has it in mind to virtually reverse what the Roosevelt’s did to help the working class poor by union busting, after talking some into thinking just how bad these much-needed unions are now that they reap all the rewards brought about by them. They also want to stop our much-needed Social Security. I can still remember good old G.W. trying to tell people how much better it would be to simply let the people keep this money themselves to invest it in their own retirement. Almost as dangerous as giving a monkey a gun, but that’s a whole nother blog post!
If the Roosevelt’s thought that the people could handle making these investments, they never would have issued withholdings so they could be taken care of later in their older years (refuse to call them golden). Most would love to keep all their money, more beer that week, more wife-beating and drunk driving, cause that’s just how some of the working poor roll. I know. I’ve lived amongst them my entire life. They wouldn’t use that money to invest if their lives depended on it and it does!
Between the loss of jobs and people’s homes because of the predatory lending that the government allowed to happen and the liberal trade agreements that hurt the citizens, there is not a good scenario that I can imagine for this country. Without a complete overhaul of all the very wealthy now running everything, into the ground I might add, we the sheeple don’t stand a chance. This country is no longer for or by the people but by these wealthy individuals who owe lots of favors to the people and corporations who got them elected and pass all the laws in their favor instead of doing what is right for the good of the country.
We cannot sit by and allow ourselves and our way of life to be destroyed by a few greedy, wealthy individuals. We are going to have to make our voices and choices heard and not just by demonstrations or angry emails to our representatives, but by our everyday actions. Boycott those you know are behind these things and frequent the small businesses in your area to keep them in business, discouraging the monopoly that is coming in all areas of our way of life. When I was involved in demonstrating years ago it made almost no difference because there were not enough people who cared or got involved. Used to make me angry that either people didn’t have the brains to care or they thought someone else was going to do it.
If these governors and congress people looked out their windows and saw a sea of people against what they are trying to do, instead of just a handful they laugh off, then maybe something will finally get done in this country.
It takes a village for a lot of things.
It’s a Way of Life
I always ponder why Christ was such a threat to those in power.
He stood for peace, He healed the sick and taught the multitudes to treat others as they wish to be treated. He told us to forgive our enemies and pray for those that use us. He told us that our Father in heaven would do to us what we do to others. He never tried to overthrow man’s kingdoms on this earth yet by speaking the truth brought condemnation to the evil ones who love positions of power. He said He did not come to condemn the world but stated that by speaking truth, He removed the cloak from those with sin and that is why they hated Him so much.
Jesus warned those who pick up their cross to follow Him that the world will hate them and to remember that it hated Him first.
Jesus built no churches, He walked in the Word of God everyday and was obedient even unto His chosen death.
Jesus told us that if we truly love Him, we will keep His commandments of loving God and loving our brother.
Love is undeniably the only hope the world ever had and this is why Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No one can get to the Father but by Him.