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28th Nov '16 10:50:36 AM 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. Turns out there's ''one'' man who the taxman can't intimidate - the President of the United States, who unfreezes Largo's assets 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 to place dozens of Fortune 500 companies under the control of foreign interests, with the ultimate goal of engineering a stock market crash. 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 unfreezes orders Largo's assets un-frozen in time to shut down the conspiracy.
28th Nov '16 10:46:40 AM Kalaong
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* The IRS is the ultimate antagonist in the first book of Creator/NancyKress' ''Literature/BeggarsInSpain'' trilogy; as the "[[{{Transhuman}} Sleepless]]" are smarter than the smartest human and can work twice as many hours, this puts them in a superhuman ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_bracket tax bracket]]'' - whichever government holds their citizenship can claim a staggering '''92%''' of their income.

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* The IRS is the ultimate antagonist BigBad in the first book of Creator/NancyKress' ''Literature/BeggarsInSpain'' trilogy; as the "[[{{Transhuman}} Sleepless]]" are smarter than the smartest human and can work twice as many hours, this puts them in a superhuman ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_bracket tax bracket]]'' - whichever government holds their citizenship can claim a staggering '''92%''' of their income.
14th Nov '16 12:43:37 PM Gregzilla
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* Infamously, when UsefulNotes/AlCapone was brought to justice it was on charges of of tax evasion. However, that was because ''nothing else would stick'', since he had such good lawyers/intimidation that none of the more serious charges would stand up to court scrutiny. Ironically, Capone frequently mocked the IRS, saying that because you didn't file earnings that you made illegally, they couldn't touch him (he went to prison, got out after serving his time, and died of syphilis seven years later).

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* Infamously, when UsefulNotes/AlCapone was brought to justice it was on charges of of tax evasion. However, that was because ''nothing ''[[JusticeByOtherLegalMeans nothing else would stick'', stick]]'', since he had such good lawyers/intimidation that none of the more serious charges would stand up to court scrutiny. Ironically, Capone frequently mocked the IRS, saying that because you didn't file earnings that you made illegally, they couldn't touch him (he went to prison, got out after serving his time, and died of syphilis seven years later).
2nd Nov '16 1:33:54 AM Geoduck
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* In one episode of ''Series/EerieIndiana'', Marshall uses a [[LatexPerfection perfect disguise kit]] to pretend to be an IRS agent and get back all the townfolk's souls which had been swindled away by a demonic businessman.
17th Sep '16 12:46:51 PM mzytryck01
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* A variation comes in ''Series/BreakingBad'' when Skyler panics that her former boss is being audited by the IRS and is exasperated at his inability to process that he is facing a prison sentence for cooking his books. However, it's not the tax fraud itself she's worried about; the IRS' extremely high success rates at prosecution are because they have the power to audit and put surveillance on any people who might be connected to the fraud, and even a brief look at her will quickly reveal that she's laundering money, which will lead to ''much'' more serious charges than tax fraud when her husband's drug empire gets unearthed. [[spoiler: To save herself from an audit, she plays up a DumbBlonde persona to convince the inspector that the irregularities are incompetence rather than fraud, and then sends a couple of thugs to intimidate her ex-boss into letting her pay his fine with her husband's money]].
1st Sep '16 7:36:18 PM Jacob175
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-->-- '''[[ComicBook/TheJoker The Joker]]''', ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]'', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G56VgsLfKY4 Joker's Millions]]"

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-->-- '''[[ComicBook/TheJoker The Joker]]''', '''ComicBook/TheJoker''', ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]'', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G56VgsLfKY4 Joker's Millions]]"



* There was an old story about Franchise/{{Superman}} (around the 60's) where the IRS notices that Superman hasn't paid taxes ever, so, long story short, the Man of Steel has to raise a billion dollars fast, or else he will be arrested. Or something (it's hard to tell, he is ''Superman'', for crying out loud). Before you ask, Superman income comes from the rewards on the criminals he catches and the diamonds he makes when he crushes coal in his hands. He donates everything to charity though. The story ends with the taxman's superior saying that since Superman has dedicated his life to helping the population of Earth, he can literally claim ''billions'' of dependents and thus any tax obligations are then effectively canceled. Presumably he only claims the ones who don't pay US taxes (as otherwise no one could claim the standard deduction that requires one not be someone's dependent). In addition, his dependents deduction would be limited on a billion dollar adjusted gross income.

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* There was an old story about Franchise/{{Superman}} (around the 60's) where the IRS notices that Superman hasn't paid taxes ever, so, long story short, the Man of Steel has to raise a billion dollars fast, or else he will be arrested. Or something (it's hard to tell, he is ''Superman'', for crying out loud). Before you ask, Superman Superman's income comes from the rewards on the criminals he catches and the diamonds he makes when he crushes coal in his hands. He donates everything to charity though. The story ends with the taxman's superior saying that since Superman has dedicated his life to helping the population of Earth, he can literally claim ''billions'' of dependents and thus any tax obligations are then effectively canceled. Presumably he only claims the ones who don't pay US taxes (as otherwise no one could claim the standard deduction that requires one not be someone's dependent). In addition, his dependents deduction would be limited on a billion dollar adjusted gross income.



* At one point, Wally West got a job with the IRS to pay off his massive debt. In the issue of ''TheFlash'' where this begins, a furious mayor is about to demand compensation for the massive property damage involved in apprehending a supervillain tax evader, but backs off when he flashes his badge. In the next issue, Wally contemplates the possibility of nailing the Joker on this basis.

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* At one point, Wally West got a job with the IRS to pay off his massive debt. In the issue of ''TheFlash'' ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' where this begins, a furious mayor is about to demand compensation for the massive property damage involved in apprehending a supervillain tax evader, but backs off when he flashes his badge. In the next issue, Wally contemplates the possibility of nailing the Joker on this basis.



* A classic [[DonaldDuck Paperinik]] story [[SubvertedTrope subverts it]] twice before playing it straight... And then subverting it again:

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* A classic [[DonaldDuck [[ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures Paperinik]] story [[SubvertedTrope subverts it]] twice before playing it straight... And then subverting it again:



** Of course, Roger being 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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** Of course, Roger being BumblingDad incarnate 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]], 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?").



* In ''ComicStrip/{{Monty}}'', Robotman's EvilTwin was created when Monty uploaded an IRS tax auditor's brain pattern into a robot. [[GoneHorriblyRight It worked all too well]]. The robot became insanely evil and it's first act was to give Monty a severe audit.

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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Monty}}'', Robotman's EvilTwin was created when Monty uploaded an IRS tax auditor's brain pattern into a robot. [[GoneHorriblyRight It worked all too well]]. The robot became insanely evil and it's its first act was to give Monty a severe audit.



** One prequel omake had him give ''TheJoker'' of all people an OhCrap moment when TheJoker sees whom he's dealing with.

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** One prequel omake had him give ''TheJoker'' ''ComicBook/TheJoker'' of all people an OhCrap moment when TheJoker the Joker sees whom he's dealing with.



* One of Scrooge's lines in ''VideoGame/DuckTales Remastered'' when being chased makes reference to this trope. "It just keeps coming! It's like running from the IRS!"



* ''TheDailyWTF'' story 'Fallen Dynasty' includes this passage near the end:

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* ''TheDailyWTF'' ''WebOriginal/TheDailyWTF'' story 'Fallen Dynasty' includes this passage near the end:
27th Aug '16 2:51:29 AM mwzzhang
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* ''Series/TheRickMercerReport'' did a short segment called "[[GroinAttack Knee in my Package]]'' (a parody of the Capital One ads) reminding all Canadians that it's tax season, and that they'd better pay up, or else the CRA[[note]]Canadian Revenue Agency[[/note]] is coming for them. [[DontExplainTheJoke To knee them in the junk.]]

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* ''Series/TheRickMercerReport'' did a short segment called "[[GroinAttack Knee in my Package]]'' (a parody of the Capital One ads) reminding all Canadians that it's tax season, and that they'd better pay up, or else the CRA[[note]]Canadian CRA[[note]]Canada Revenue Agency[[/note]] is coming for them. [[DontExplainTheJoke To knee them in the junk.]]
25th Aug '16 1:48:47 PM thestor
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* As a matter of fact, the (former, as of 2012) German tax service, the GEZ (Gebühreneinzugszentrale) appealed to this trope, to the point of broadcasting a series of [[ParanoiaFuel very provocative]] TV spots ending with: "[=GEZ - Schon GEZahlt?=]" (GEZ - Paid up already?).

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* As a matter of fact, the (former, as of 2012) German tax service, collection agency for state TV, the GEZ (Gebühreneinzugszentrale) appealed to this trope, to the point of broadcasting a series of [[ParanoiaFuel very provocative]] TV spots ending with: "[=GEZ - Schon GEZahlt?=]" (GEZ - Paid up already?).
21st Aug '16 11:38:20 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Duckman}}'' once had to deal with the IRS, more specifically a ClintEastwood-esque IRS agent who had a personal grudge against him for his sloppy and incredibly spotty tax filing. Ironically, Duckmans debt wasnt even particularly big, about 27.000 dollars, but the agents treat him like the biggest tax cheat since Al Capone.

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* ''{{Duckman}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' once had to deal with the IRS, more specifically a ClintEastwood-esque Creator/ClintEastwood-esque IRS agent who had a personal grudge against him for his sloppy and incredibly spotty tax filing. Ironically, Duckmans Duckman's debt wasnt wasn't even particularly big, about 27.000 dollars, but the agents treat him like the biggest tax cheat since Al Capone.
2nd Aug '16 8:35:31 AM ChronoLegion
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* One ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' novel starts with Jim's wife being kidnapped by goons in black suits. Jim immediately goes to his twin sons' boarding school and demands that the principal graduate them immediately. The principal laughs at him and asks why. Jim explains that his diminutive wife can easily handle a dozen dumb {{Mook}}s without breaking a sweat. The only reason she allowed herself to be taken was to give Jim time to act, and he needs his boys to do that. The men who took her work for the planet's tax service. Upon hearing this, the principal immediately signs the twins' graduation forms and wishes Jim good luck. When they ask their father, he explains that the taxmen as the universally hated group on any world. Jim and his wife may be criminals, but they still have to pay taxes like everybody else. Jim and the twins end up breaking into the tax service's archives and destroying their files, thus eliminating any case the taxmen have against them.
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