A scam for all seasons

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“What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The Taxidermist takes only your skin”

The holidays are over, the presents are put away, and we are looking forward to Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, and of course, the tax season!

My preference is Valentine’s Day, but as you know, the IRS doesn’t give you much choice.

Mark Twain once said: “What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The Taxidermist takes only your skin.”

That being said, most of us are gathering our receipts and statements to present to our accountants.

Will we be paying taxes this year, are we owed a refund or are we looking for extension because we can’t get it together in time?

During the holidays, I wrote about holiday scams. As we begin the New Year, we must now worry about the “IRS Scam.”

These are the cons who leave a message on your phone saying you owe taxes, and there will be jail time unless you pay—and pay now!

They tell you to call a number to pay with a credit card, and avoid the slammer.

My friends, this is a hoax. I am telling you, as I tell my clients, that you owe nothing—and I mean nothing, if you get this message.

Don’t call the number or any phone number, which says you owe back taxes, forward taxes or sales tax, because you don’t.

It’s a sophisticated message that sounds official and the scammers know when we hear anything related to the IRS, we cringe.

The IRS does not leave phone messages. Do not get scared or frightened. It’s a con.

Just keep this thought in mind. You only owe the tax collector if your accountant or TurboTax program says so.

Anything else is just a scam.

Take my advice for what it is… It’s just, AS I SEE IT!

VIALeonard F. Baer
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Leonard F. Baer
Leonard Baer's practice focuses on Elder Law, and Estate Planning. His previous experience was in the area of complex criminal litigation, serving as Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Division for The United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Baer was recognized by the Office of The Attorney General, as one of the top prosecutors in the country during his tenure. He has been included in North Carolina Top Rated Lawyers, a distinction awarded to those lawyers recognized by their colleagues as leaders in their field. He has also been recognized by the Florida Bar, for his efforts in representing seniors and their families, who are victims of scams and fraud. Mr. Baer is an AV rated lawyer listed in Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected for inclusion in their Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers, which for over 90 years, includes only those select law practices that have earned their highest rating. He has been designated by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent in his field, and in the top 5% of all lawyers practicing in the United States. Mr. Baer has also been ranked by AVVO, an online Legal Directory of over 200,000 lawyers nationally, as Superb, their highest rating. He served as adjunct professor of Sports Law at The University of Miami, and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Fraud Protection. He has been a columnist for several newspapers for over 13 years and currently has a nationally syndicated blog, “As I See It” with a readership of over 25,000.

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