I should sue for false advertising.

Just this morning I was listening to the radio and there was a commercial advertising Tax Debt Consolidation.

The commercial opened with the false statement that the scariest letters in the alphabet were IRS (Internal Revenue Service).

I have been gainfully employed on a full time basis for about 11 years now. Not once have I had a problem with the IRS. For 11 straight years they have sent me a check or made a deposit to my bank account (basically giving me my money back), and so far, not one check has bounced. And as long as they keep that up, as far as I’m concerned, they are an outstanding agency.

To most W-2 employee’s the IRS is not scary at all. So what are the scariest letters of the English Language? Here are my candidates:

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)

The IRS at it’s worst can’t compare

DUI (Driving Under The Influence) or DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)

While the IRS is simply a matter of money, this one is a matter of life or death. You can potentially take a life. That of your own or an innocent person who crosses your path, or both. Never drink and drive

FICO (Fair Issac Company)

Little known fact. Just about everyone knows what the FICO refers to, but few know the origin. While many companies check your credit score, the FICO is  actually a specific company that does so, and is the most trusted company in that regard. But if your FICO is in the low 500’s or lower and you know someone is going to check it, it causes a fear greater than anything the IRS could ever dream of. And no I do not want to talk about how I know that.

PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)

Particularly to a married man, these letters make the IRS look like Sesame Street.

CBS (Columbia Broadcast System)

They could care less about anyone who does not qualify for a discount at Denny’s. When they finally did attempt to appeal to the younger masses, they called it Survivor….and have come up with 23 variations. You don’t get much scarier than that.



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