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13th Nov '17 11:07:34 AM CaptainTedium
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* One ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' episode featured Lawrence Limburger having tax problems. To avoid justice, he [[FakingTheDead faked his death]] and framed Charley for "murdering" him. The mice brought Limburger back, clearing Charley. Limburger managed to get away with the frame-up but the IRS agents confiscated Limburger Plaza (namely took it away with help from helicopters). Limburger claimed that he had power and influence and was told that Al Capone also had it and to look at what happened to him. (See the RealLife section of the trope for details)

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* One The ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' episode "My Cheese is Quick" featured Lawrence Limburger having tax problems. To avoid justice, he [[FakingTheDead faked his death]] and framed Charley for "murdering" him. The mice brought Limburger back, clearing Charley. Limburger managed to get away with the frame-up but the IRS agents confiscated Limburger Plaza (namely took it away with help from helicopters). Limburger claimed that he had power and influence and was told that Al Capone also had it and to look at what happened to him. (See the RealLife section of the trope for details)
20th Oct '17 11:12:17 AM FuzzyBoots
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* In ''Literature/SuperheroesAnonymous'', after being incarcerated at the end of the first book, Gail learns how supervillains are kept busy, processing tax returns. Yes, they're hired by the IRS. Some of them actually try to do their job. Most of them content themselves with the petty villainy of rejecting return after return.
15th Oct '17 7:07:06 PM PaulA
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* In [[Creator/LarryNiven Niven]]/[[Literature/CoDominium Pournelle]]'s ''Oath Of Fealty'', one of the biggest benefits of living in the Todos Santos {{Arcology}}(aside from the lowest crime rate on the planet) is ''no one pays taxes'' - residents pay rent to the patron corporation, who employ an ArmyOfLawyers to exploit every loophole in the tax code.

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* In [[Creator/LarryNiven Niven]]/[[Literature/CoDominium Niven]]/[[Literature/JerryPournelle Pournelle]]'s ''Oath Of Fealty'', one of the biggest benefits of living in the Todos Santos {{Arcology}}(aside from the lowest crime rate on the planet) is ''no one pays taxes'' - -- residents pay rent to the patron corporation, who employ an ArmyOfLawyers to exploit every loophole in the tax code.
17th Aug '17 9:48:57 AM TheBigBopper
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The trope is named after the USA's Internal Revenue Service, a department of the USA's central/federal government which collects all the country's taxes bar those on goods imported from other countries (tariffs) and ships entering US ports (tolls). Based on His Majesty's Inland Revenue department, it was founded shortly after [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar the beginning of the USA's Civil War as part of the process of full economic mobilisation required to build up and sustain an army big enough to suppress the rebellion]].

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The trope is named after the USA's Internal Revenue Service, a department of the USA's central/federal government which collects all the country's taxes bar except for those on goods imported from other countries (tariffs) and ships entering US ports (tolls). Based on His Majesty's Inland Revenue department, it was founded shortly after [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar the beginning of the USA's Civil War as part of the process of full economic mobilisation required to build up and sustain an army big enough to suppress the rebellion]].
12th Aug '17 2:50:40 PM Doug86
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* Averted in Comicbook/{{Lobo}} "Death and Taxes". He solves the problem with violence as usual.

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* Averted in Comicbook/{{Lobo}} SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} "Death and Taxes". He solves the problem with violence as usual.
2nd Jun '17 8:02:15 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Wesley Snipes was imprisoned for attempting to evade taxes using frivolous arguments, and, allegedly, attempting to pay his taxes by printing his own money.

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* Wesley Snipes Creator/WesleySnipes was imprisoned for attempting to evade taxes using frivolous arguments, and, allegedly, attempting to pay his taxes by printing his own money.
20th May '17 2:18:55 PM DarkHunter
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** Worth noting that at least two tax collectors are mentioned as being redeemed through UsefulNotes/{Jesus}}' teachings, fitting the Christian philosophy that even the worst sinner can reform. One of them (Matthew) even became an Apostle.

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** Worth noting that at least two tax collectors are mentioned as being redeemed through UsefulNotes/{Jesus}}' UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}' teachings, fitting the Christian philosophy that even the worst sinner can reform. One of them (Matthew) even became an Apostle.
21st Apr '17 5:20:22 PM Kalaong
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* The IRS is a central ''threat'' in the second story arc of ''Largo Winch''; the titular character has just ducked and swerved through an international criminal conspiracy - which has killed over a dozen people as collateral damage - in order to claim his $10 ''billion'' inheritance. He barely has a chance to catch his breath and patch his wounds when the taxman shows up to [[TaxmanTakesTheWinnings claim ten percent of it]]. Things go into high gear when the taxman produces obviously stolen documents, smugly says that he received them from a "[[BlatantLies concerned citizen eager to help his country's treasury]]" and [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem the IRS isn't subject to rules of evidence]] anyway, then seizes critical assets during a hostile takeover, threatening the entire company with bankruptcy. Over the course of the arc Largo discovers ''another'' criminal conspiracy - this time to place thousands of American companies under the control of foreign interests, with the ultimate goal of all of them declaring bankruptcy on the same day during an economic crisis while the backers escape with the cash. Result: the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_crisis_of_2007–2008 financial crisis of 2007–2008]] - [[HarsherInHindsight visualized]] in ''TheNineties''. As this conspiracy gave the IRS Largo's records, enabling them to seize his assets, the IRS unknowingly but willfully participated in ''high treason.'' Turns out there's ''one'' man who the taxman can't intimidate - the President of the United States, who orders Largo's assets un-frozen in time to shut down the conspiracy.

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* The IRS is a central ''threat'' in the second story arc of ''Largo Winch''; the titular character has just ducked and swerved through an international criminal conspiracy - which has killed over a dozen people as collateral damage - in order to claim his $10 ''billion'' inheritance. He barely has a chance to catch his breath and patch his wounds when the taxman shows up to [[TaxmanTakesTheWinnings claim ten percent of it]]. Things go into high gear when the taxman produces obviously stolen documents, smugly says that he received them from a "[[BlatantLies concerned citizen eager to help his country's treasury]]" and [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem the IRS isn't subject to rules of evidence]] anyway, then seizes critical assets during a hostile takeover, threatening the entire company with bankruptcy. Over the course of the arc Largo discovers ''another'' criminal conspiracy - this time to place thousands of American companies under the control of foreign interests, Libyan terrorists, with the ultimate goal of all of them declaring bankruptcy on the same day during an economic crisis while the backers escape with the cash. Result: the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_crisis_of_2007–2008 financial crisis of 2007–2008]] - [[HarsherInHindsight visualized]] in ''TheNineties''. As this conspiracy gave the IRS Largo's records, enabling them to seize his assets, the IRS unknowingly but willfully participated in ''high treason.'' Turns out there's ''one'' man who the taxman can't intimidate - the President of the United States, who orders Largo's assets un-frozen in time to shut down the conspiracy.
21st Apr '17 5:15:40 PM Kalaong
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* The IRS is a central ''threat'' in the second story arc of ''Largo Winch''; the titular character has just ducked and swerved through an international criminal conspiracy - which has killed over a dozen people as collateral damage - in order to claim his $10 ''billion'' inheritance. He barely has a chance to catch his breath and patch his wounds when the taxman shows up to [[TaxmanTakesTheWinnings claim ten percent of it]]. Things go into high gear when the taxman produces obviously stolen documents, smugly says that he received them from a "[[BlatantLies concerned citizen eager to help his country's treasury]]" and [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem the IRS isn't subject to rules of evidence]] anyway, then seizes critical assets during a hostile takeover, threatening the entire company with bankruptcy. Over the course of the arc Largo discovers ''another'' criminal conspiracy to place dozens of Fortune 500 companies under the control of foreign interests, with the ultimate goal of engineering a stock market crash - they're the ones who gave the IRS the documents, enabling them to seize those assets, meaning the IRS unknowingly but willfully participated in ''high treason.'' Turns out there's ''one'' man who the taxman can't intimidate - the President of the United States, who orders Largo's assets un-frozen in time to shut down the conspiracy.

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* The IRS is a central ''threat'' in the second story arc of ''Largo Winch''; the titular character has just ducked and swerved through an international criminal conspiracy - which has killed over a dozen people as collateral damage - in order to claim his $10 ''billion'' inheritance. He barely has a chance to catch his breath and patch his wounds when the taxman shows up to [[TaxmanTakesTheWinnings claim ten percent of it]]. Things go into high gear when the taxman produces obviously stolen documents, smugly says that he received them from a "[[BlatantLies concerned citizen eager to help his country's treasury]]" and [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem the IRS isn't subject to rules of evidence]] anyway, then seizes critical assets during a hostile takeover, threatening the entire company with bankruptcy. Over the course of the arc Largo discovers ''another'' criminal conspiracy - this time to place dozens thousands of Fortune 500 American companies under the control of foreign interests, with the ultimate goal of engineering a stock market crash - they're all of them declaring bankruptcy on the ones who same day during an economic crisis while the backers escape with the cash. Result: the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_crisis_of_2007–2008 financial crisis of 2007–2008]] - [[HarsherInHindsight visualized]] in ''TheNineties''. As this conspiracy gave the IRS the documents, Largo's records, enabling them to seize those his assets, meaning the IRS unknowingly but willfully participated in ''high treason.'' Turns out there's ''one'' man who the taxman can't intimidate - the President of the United States, who orders Largo's assets un-frozen in time to shut down the conspiracy.
21st Apr '17 3:45:06 PM Kalaong
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** Which leads to the hilarious instance where Sam has to explain how he got a gun without paying for it.
--->'''Sam''': I got it off this guy who was in the group we were targeting.\\

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** Please note that Sam is ex-CIA and has spent most of his life in other countries stealing stuff and killing people. Which leads to the hilarious instance where Sam has to explain how he got a gun without paying for it.
--->'''Sam''': Well, you wanted documentation of my trip to the Middle East. That’s it. That’s all I got got. Got it off this guy who was in the this group we were targeting.\\



'''Sam''': No, I didn't steal it. The guy... He was done with it.\\

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'''Sam''': No, I didn't steal it. The guy...guy, um... He was done with it.\\



'''Stacey''': I'm just gonna mark that down as... windfall income.

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'''Stacey''': I'm just gonna mark that down as... windfall as a... windfall... income.
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