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The 'Truth' About the IRS

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Netlore Archive: Rumor has it that an organization called the Internal Revenue Service has scammed billions of dollars from American Citizens!


Description: Joke / Forwarded email
Circulating since: 1999
Status: Amusing (see details below)

Democrat version:
Forwarded email contributed by Lynnie Thieme in 1999:

Subject: Fraud Warning

Fraud Warning!

WARNING! PLEASE READ IMMEDIATELY!

THIS IS SERIOUS!

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 other corporations which depend on subsidies to stay in business.

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 corporate welfare 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!


Republican version:
Forwarded email contributed by Steve Massey in 1999:

WARNING! READ IMMEDIATELY!
THIS IS SERIOUS!

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 hundreds of billions of dollars. Don't fall for this scam!


Analysis: At last, an issue about which all Americans can agree regardless of political persuasion!

I hope the credulous few who have written in asking if the above messages are "true" have looked at them again with their clue detectors enabled and figured out that they're jokes.

Not that some jokes don't have a grain to truth in them.

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