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13th Jun '18 5:24:11 AM nighttrainfm
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* One issue of ComicBook/MarvelAdventures has Comicbook/TheAvengers make a bargain with the tax man to waive their back taxes (mostly Wolverine's, who has never paid taxes in his life) in return for rounding up tax dodgers and making ''them'' pay their taxes.
** It should be noted, that the deal was that by getting the tax dodgers, the Avengers could file theirs without giving up their secret identities to the government (Tony Stark offered to pay the sum.) At the end of the story, the team gets back at the tax man the only way one can...
--->'''Agent Harvey''': And with ''that'', gentlemen, your job is finished. Thank you very much. It's been a ''pleasure.''
--->'''Giant-Girl''': ''Hah.'' You say that ''now...''
--->'''Iron-Man''': But wait until you get our list of ''tax reductions'' for this job.
--->'''Giant-Girl''': I saved ''receipts!''
--->'''Agent Harvey''': ''Urrkkk!''

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* ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures'':
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One issue of ComicBook/MarvelAdventures has Comicbook/TheAvengers make a bargain with the tax man to waive their back taxes (mostly Wolverine's, who has never paid taxes in his life) in return for rounding up tax dodgers and making ''them'' pay their taxes.
** It should be noted, noted that the deal was that by getting the tax dodgers, the Avengers could file theirs without giving up their secret identities to the government (Tony Stark offered to pay the sum.) At the end of the story, the team gets back at the tax man the only way one can...
--->'''Agent Harvey''': And with ''that'', gentlemen, your job is finished. Thank you very much. It's been a ''pleasure.''
--->'''Giant-Girl''':
''\\
'''Giant-Girl''':
''Hah.'' You say that ''now...''
--->'''Iron-Man''':
''\\
'''Iron-Man''':
But wait until you get our list of ''tax reductions'' for this job.
--->'''Giant-Girl''':
job.\\
'''Giant-Girl''':
I saved ''receipts!''
--->'''Agent
''receipts!''\\
'''Agent
Harvey''': ''Urrkkk!''
26th May '18 3:36:03 PM AgProv
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** Also Holly plays a prank on Lister claiming that spaceships from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NORWEB NORWEB]] are coming after him for his "[[CompoundInterestTimeTravelGambit crimes against humanity]]" (leaving a light on for three million years).

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** Also Holly plays a prank on Lister claiming that spaceships from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NORWEB NORWEB]] are coming after him for his "[[CompoundInterestTimeTravelGambit crimes against humanity]]" (leaving a light on for three million years).[[note]]A SoundToScreenAdaptation: this is a recylcled jooke from parent radio seroes ''Radio/SonofCliche''[[/note]]
4th May '18 3:38:08 PM Kalaong
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* ''VideoGame/StrikeCommander''. The IRS is now the defacto Federal government, and uses military force to collect back taxes from {{Mega Corp}}s and the DividedStatesOfAmerica. One of your missions gives you the choice between a painful audit or helping them invade the secessionist state of Rhode Island, though there's a happy ending where you blow up [[UsefulNotes/AirForceOne IRS One]] with a missile.
-->"Commander, the IRS has been called a terrorist enclave. [[IResembleThatRemark Rest assured, we are.]]"

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* ''VideoGame/StrikeCommander''. The IRS is Played painfully straight - they are now the defacto Federal government, de-facto government of the United States, and uses military force have the power to exercise ''military force'' to collect back taxes from {{Mega Corp}}s and the DividedStatesOfAmerica. One of your missions gives you the choice between a painful audit or helping them invade the secessionist state of Rhode Island, though there's a happy ending where you blow up [[UsefulNotes/AirForceOne IRS One]] with a missile.
-->"Commander, the IRS has been called a terrorist enclave. [[IResembleThatRemark Rest assured, we are.]]"
debts!
25th Apr '18 8:10:05 PM Kalaong
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* The IRS is a central ''threat'' in the second story arc of ''ComicBook/LargoWinch''; 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 honest taxpayer 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 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_20072008 financial crisis of 20072008]] - [[HarsherInHindsight visualized]] in ''TheNineties'' (and described as being cheaper, and more effective, than a MacrossMissileMassacre pointed at New York). 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. Literally- he has to hijack a window cleaner's elevator, fight off the BigBad who was masquerading as the window cleaner, smash the window to get in the board meeting and ask the business rival (the Lybians' UnwittingPawn and figurehead for the takeover) for his pen to sign the documents, with less than a minute left to go.

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* The IRS is a central ''threat'' in the second story arc of ''ComicBook/LargoWinch''; 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 taxman shows up to 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 honest taxpayer 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 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_20072008 financial crisis of 20072008]] - [[HarsherInHindsight visualized]] in ''TheNineties'' (and described as being cheaper, and more effective, than a MacrossMissileMassacre pointed at New York). 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. Literally- he has to hijack a window cleaner's elevator, fight off the BigBad who was masquerading as the window cleaner, smash the window to get in the board meeting and ask the business rival (the Lybians' UnwittingPawn and figurehead for the takeover) for his pen to sign the documents, with less than a minute left to go.
17th Apr '18 10:56:37 PM Kalaong
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* The IRS is a central ''threat'' in the second story arc of ''ComicBook/LargoWinch''; 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 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_20072008 financial crisis of 20072008]] - [[HarsherInHindsight visualized]] in ''TheNineties'' (and described as being cheaper, and more effective, than a MacrossMissileMassacre pointed at New York). 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. Literally- he has to hijack a window cleaner's elevator, fight off the BigBad who was masquerading as the window cleaner, smash the window to get in the board meeting and ask the business rival (the Lybians' UnwittingPawn and figurehead for the takeover) for his pen to sign the documents, with less than a minute left to go.

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* The IRS is a central ''threat'' in the second story arc of ''ComicBook/LargoWinch''; 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 honest taxpayer 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 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_20072008 financial crisis of 20072008]] - [[HarsherInHindsight visualized]] in ''TheNineties'' (and described as being cheaper, and more effective, than a MacrossMissileMassacre pointed at New York). 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. Literally- he has to hijack a window cleaner's elevator, fight off the BigBad who was masquerading as the window cleaner, smash the window to get in the board meeting and ask the business rival (the Lybians' UnwittingPawn and figurehead for the takeover) for his pen to sign the documents, with less than a minute left to go.
31st Mar '18 3:51:50 PM Malady
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* This is Played for Laughs when Wrestling/TheUndertaker was giving a promo on the last Monday Night RAW before [[TearJerker/TheUndertaker his match against]] Wrestling/BrockLesnar at WrestleMania XXX. [[http://youtu.be/38QjNNpbrgE?t=2m28s Undertaker then made this quote during his promo]]:

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* This is Played for Laughs when Wrestling/TheUndertaker was giving a promo on the last Monday Night RAW before [[TearJerker/TheUndertaker his match against]] Wrestling/BrockLesnar at WrestleMania Wrestling/WrestleMania XXX. [[http://youtu.be/38QjNNpbrgE?t=2m28s Undertaker then made this quote during his promo]]:
20th Mar '18 1:36:25 AM Chabal2
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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 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_20072008 financial crisis of 20072008]] - [[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''; ''ComicBook/LargoWinch''; 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 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_20072008 financial crisis of 20072008]] - [[HarsherInHindsight visualized]] in ''TheNineties''.''TheNineties'' (and described as being cheaper, and more effective, than a MacrossMissileMassacre pointed at New York). 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. Literally- he has to hijack a window cleaner's elevator, fight off the BigBad who was masquerading as the window cleaner, smash the window to get in the board meeting and ask the business rival (the Lybians' UnwittingPawn and figurehead for the takeover) for his pen to sign the documents, with less than a minute left to go.



* Averted in ''{{VideoGame/Pharaoh}}'': The tax collector isn't a particularly evil or threatening man, at best he suffers from PragmaticVillainy when complaining about working lower-class neighborhoods, which simply don't produce enough to be worthwhile (considering how much money you can make from taxes by keeping people happy and well-housed, he has a point).



--> Tork try to claim his tiny human side as dependent. That shit? It not fly so well.

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--> Tork [[ComicBook/THeIncredibleHulk Tork]] try to claim his tiny human side as dependent. That shit? It not fly so well.
3rd Mar '18 11:03:13 AM nombretomado
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** And remember that [[TheUnitedStates the home country of the]] TropeNamer has a [[http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=210152,00.html pay as]] [[http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=110413,00.html you go]] system too.

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** And remember that [[TheUnitedStates [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates the home country of the]] TropeNamer has a [[http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=210152,00.html pay as]] [[http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=110413,00.html you go]] system too.
26th Feb '18 4:39:23 AM Omeganian
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** There is a Soviet variant with a Party official.
21st Feb '18 6:12:34 PM jccw227
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** In one comic, they tried a different approach: a song and dance number about how people need to pay their taxes because "the king needs dough." Hagar admitted he missed the fear and intimidation.
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