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1st Feb '16 11:01:40 AM FF32
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* OlderThanRadio: UsefulNotes/BenjaminFranklin is the one usually credited with saying, "There are only two certainties in life, death and taxes."
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* OlderThanRadio: UsefulNotes/BenjaminFranklin Creator/BenjaminFranklin is the one usually credited with saying, "There are only two certainties in life, death and taxes."
1st Feb '16 9:36:04 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* OlderThanRadio: UsefulNotes/BenjaminFranklin is the one usually credited with saying, "There are only two certainties in life, death and taxes."
30th Jan '16 7:25:22 AM Chabal2
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* The secondary plotline of a ''Comicbook/AchilleTalon'' album deals with a tax man showing up at his door for an audit of the last five years. Cue Walter's ''father'' with boxes and boxes of receipts, opening discussions upfront with an "iron clad case that those ballpoint pens were a legitimate business expense" and tipping off the tax man that he [[OhCrap may be in over his head.]] By the end of the album, Walter's father is sitting on a ''mountain'' of receipts, the tax man is crying his surrender and they've barely gone through ''the first morning's expenses for the five year period being audited.''
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* The secondary plotline of a ''Comicbook/AchilleTalon'' album deals with a tax man showing up at his door for an audit of the last five years. Cue Walter's Achille's ''father'' with boxes and boxes of receipts, opening discussions upfront with an "iron clad case that those ballpoint pens were a legitimate business expense" and tipping off the tax man that he [[OhCrap may be in over his head.]] By the end of the album, Walter's Achille's father is sitting on a ''mountain'' of receipts, the tax man is crying his surrender and they've barely gone through ''the first morning's expenses for the five year period being audited.''

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* The secondary plotline of In ''{{ComicBook/Asterix}}'', the one time a ''Comicbook/AchilleTalon'' album deals Roman tried to tax the villagers is fondly remembered, [[NoodleIncident with a tax man showing up the Gauls dissolving into helpless laughter at his door the mention of it.]] In ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'', Jack Hawksmoor makes a crack about "so this is what we pay taxes for", only for an audit of the last five years. Cue Walter's ''father'' with boxes and boxes of receipts, opening discussions upfront with an "iron clad case MissionControl to remind him that those ballpoint pens were a legitimate business expense" and tipping off the tax man that he [[OhCrap may be in over his head.]] By the end of the album, Walter's father is sitting on a ''mountain'' of receipts, the tax man is crying his surrender and they've barely gone through ''the first morning's expenses for the five year period being audited.''he's never paid taxes.

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* The secondary plotline of a ''Comicbook/AchilleTalon'' album deals with a tax man showing up at his door for an audit of the last five years. Cue Walter's ''father'' with boxes and boxes of receipts, opening discussions upfront with an "iron clad case that those ballpoint pens were a legitimate business expense" and tipping off the tax man that he [[OhCrap may be in over his head.]] By the end of the album, Walter's father is sitting on a ''mountain'' of receipts, the tax man is crying his surrender and they've barely gone through ''the first morning's expenses for the five year period ** Of course, Roger being audited.''BumblingDad incarnate they have good reason to fear the IRS. One year he assured Andy he wasn't going to do the taxes himself... [[WorseWithContext he was going to do them on the computer]], in another he asks if it's even possible to file taxes in a legally-binding state of mind (as Andy asked, "Who is Roglp Fox?").

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* The secondary plotline of a ''Comicbook/AchilleTalon'' album deals with a tax man showing up at ''Literature/GoodOmens'': Aziraphale is an angel, so naturally he pays his door for an audit of the last taxes in a lawful and timely manner. As a result, he's been audited five years. Cue Walter's ''father'' with boxes times, because such law-abiding behavior is deeply suspicious, though they get no further than the people who come in and boxes of receipts, opening discussions upfront with an "iron clad case that those ballpoint pens were a legitimate business expense" make loud remarks on how ''flammable'' books are and tipping off the tax man that he [[OhCrap may it'd be in over his head.]] By the end of the album, Walter's father is sitting on such a ''mountain'' of receipts, the tax man is crying his surrender and they've barely gone through ''the first morning's expenses for the five year period being audited.''ShameIfSomethingHappened.
30th Jan '16 7:15:08 AM Chabal2
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* The Auditors of Reality from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' are sometimes referred to as, essentially, the most ridiculously anal taxmen in the history of the universe. Particularly in ''Reaper Man'', where Death is able to enlist a country woman's help by playing off her longstanding hatred of "the Revenoo".
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* The Auditors of Reality from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' are sometimes referred to as, essentially, the most ridiculously anal taxmen in the history of the universe. Particularly in ''Reaper Man'', where Death is able to enlist a country woman's help by playing off her longstanding hatred of "the Revenoo".Revenoo" (her father was a smuggler).

* Invoked in ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''; The emperor's personal troubleshooters have the title "Imperial Auditor", and they allegedly started out as the Emperor's tax auditors who were sent out to keep the Counts (Which allegedly was derived from 'Accountant' - they were the Emperor's tax collectors) honest.
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** A E Pessimal, the Watch's accountant becomes this after he's sent to audit the Watch [[spoiler:and tries to headbutt a troll resisting arrest]], in exchange for [[IJustWantToBeBadass being allowed to wear the badge and armor and go out on patrol sometimes.]] ** Vetinari was considering putting Moist von Lipwig in charge of the city's revenue service. [[AuthorExistenceFailure Sadly,]] this will remain WhatCouldHaveBeen. * Invoked in ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''; The emperor's personal troubleshooters have the title "Imperial Auditor", and they allegedly started out as the Emperor's Emperor's tax auditors who were sent out to keep the Counts (Which allegedly was derived from 'Accountant' - they were the Emperor's tax collectors) honest.
28th Jan '16 3:49:12 PM trixus
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* ''WebOriginal/TwoBestFriendsPlay'' Pat mentions during a Naruto LP that while country personal spies and monitoring agency are scary the revenue service are gonna get their goddamn money and you better run if you can't pay.
27th Jan '16 8:36:52 AM DannWoolf
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** The episode "Behind The Laughter", a ''BehindTheMusic'' parody showing the Simpson family as actors, has this as a plot point, where the IRS shows up and ''airlifts their mansion away'' after they're tipped off that the Simpsons werent paying their income tax properly. Ironically, the mansion originally belonged to MCHammer, another celebrity known for his huge money troubles.
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** The episode "Behind The Laughter", a ''BehindTheMusic'' parody showing the Simpson family as actors, has this as a plot point, where the IRS shows up and ''airlifts their mansion away'' after they're tipped off that the Simpsons werent weren't paying their income tax properly. Ironically, the mansion originally belonged to MCHammer, another celebrity known for his huge money troubles.
27th Jan '16 7:45:02 AM Morgenthaler
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** Financial guards are or were part of several nations' law enforcement system [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_Guardas per the other wiki]] , although the Italian one may be exceptionally well armed. United States had a such service, too, in the form of US Revenue Cutter Service, which operated warships that fought in wars as recent as the SpanishAmericanWar. The captain of one of its ships even won a Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions off the coast of Cuba. However, in 1915, USRC was merged with other services to form the Coast Guard as its tax collection duties were considered no longer important.
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** Financial guards are or were part of several nations' law enforcement system [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_Guardas per the other wiki]] , although the Italian one may be exceptionally well armed. United States had a such service, too, in the form of US Revenue Cutter Service, which operated warships that fought in wars as recent as the SpanishAmericanWar.UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar. The captain of one of its ships even won a Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions off the coast of Cuba. However, in 1915, USRC was merged with other services to form the Coast Guard as its tax collection duties were considered no longer important.
17th Jan '16 7:19:32 PM MsChibi
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* This trope is sometimes exploited by scammers, who contact their marks via phone and email, telling them that they owe on their taxes and need to pay up ''now'', or face dire consequences. They're banking that the victim will be afraid of being arrested or whatever and give them access to all kinds of sensitive information. The IRS never contacts people via phone or email; if they need to get in touch with you, they will either (snail) mail you something, or if it's ''really'' serious, someone will show up at your door.
3rd Jan '16 3:00:36 AM StFan
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* One storyline in ''PiranhaClub'' has Sid try to avoid a massive audit, due to not having filed taxes since the 70's, by pretending to be destitute and operating his "business" out of an old car in the junkyard. It actually WORKS, leading to the tax officer putting Sid on welfare instead of sending him to prison. ** Another storyline revolved around Sid trying to get around an audit by pretending to be Ernie, his nephew. It turns out Ernie is owed several thousand dollars in refunds by the goverment.
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* ''ComicStrip/PiranhaClub'': ** One storyline in ''PiranhaClub'' has Sid try to avoid a massive audit, due to not having filed taxes since the 70's, '70s, by pretending to be destitute and operating his "business" out of an old car in the junkyard. It actually WORKS, leading to the tax officer putting Sid on welfare instead of sending him to prison. ** Another storyline revolved revolves around Sid trying to get around an audit by pretending to be Ernie, his nephew. It turns out Ernie is owed several thousand dollars in refunds by the goverment.

--> '''Calvin''': Gosh, I never get mail! I wonder who sent this. There's no return address! In its place there's a crude human skull with X's for eyes and its tongue hanging out! ...Maybe it's the IRS.
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--> '''Calvin''': -->'''Calvin:''' Gosh, I never get mail! I wonder who sent this. There's no return address! In its place there's a crude human skull with X's for eyes and its tongue hanging out! ...Maybe it's the IRS.
31st Dec '15 12:33:58 AM Anddrix
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* Averted in {{Lobo}} "Death and Taxes". He solves the problem with violence as usual.
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* Averted in {{Lobo}} Lobo "Death and Taxes". He solves the problem with violence as usual.
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