History Main / IntimidatingRevenueService

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.
18th Apr '17 9:25:06 AM PrimeEvil
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* Invoked in ''Series/Warehouse13'': The IRS is the one organization that ''everyone'' wants to stay the hell away from.
3rd Apr '17 9:50:03 AM hszmv1
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** Another factor is that the IRS (along with the Secret Service, which was originally created to deal with counterfeiting crimes and still does to this day) are some of the most successful law enforcement agencies in the United States (most Federal level law enforcement agencies are ridiculously successful). In fact, the reason the Secret Service has its most famous job of Presidential Protection is because they were ridiculously good compared to other federal agencies when they were looking for the agency for the task. The US government puts a lot of investment into making sure it isn't getting cheated out of its money.



** In the United States, the courts have ruled that the purpose of the tax laws are to collect taxes on income, *not* to punish other unlawful behavior. They have also ruled that reporting illegal income is not "self-incrimination", since you aren't being asked to confess to any specific crime. If you rob a bank you are expected to pay taxes on the loot you get away with. It is even permissible to claim the cost of the weapons and masks you wore as deductions on income!

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** In the United States, the courts have ruled that the purpose of the tax laws are to collect taxes on income, *not* to punish other unlawful behavior. They have also ruled that reporting illegal income is not "self-incrimination", since you aren't being asked to confess to any specific crime. [[RefugeInAudacity If you rob a bank you are expected to pay taxes on the loot you get away with. It is even permissible to claim the cost of the weapons and masks you wore as deductions on income!income!]]
2nd Apr '17 10:07:17 AM DustSnitch
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** {{Jesus}} Himself refers to them whenever he needs an immediately recognizable example of an corrupt profession, saying things like, "You love the people who love you back? That's not so great; even the tax collectors do that!" The Gospel writers get in on it too, with Luke saying at one point, "When [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg all the people and the tax collectors]] heard this..."
** Worth noting that at least two tax collectors are mentioned as being redeemed through {{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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** {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Himself refers to them whenever he needs an immediately recognizable example of an corrupt profession, saying things like, "You love the people who love you back? That's not so great; even the tax collectors do that!" The Gospel writers get in on it too, with Luke saying at one point, "When [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg all the people and the tax collectors]] heard this..."
** Worth noting that at least two tax collectors are mentioned as being redeemed through {{Jesus}}' 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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