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So someone starts working at a job, and after their first week, they receive their first paycheck: They are overjoyed... only to discover that a large percentage of their own pay had to be deducted for tax-related issues, at which point they are angered. This is a TruthInTelevision.

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-> Dear Sir: Your Uncle Louie has kicked the bucket. You thereby inherit three million dollars.
-> Inheritance Tax..... $2,000,000.00
-> Defense Tax......... 52,011.35
-> State Tax.......... 18,796.92
-> County Tax......... 5,748.20
-> Special Tax......... 4,334.04
-> Property Tax........ 6,421.16
-> Balance........ 9,754.31
-> Attorney Fee ......... 9,754.31
-> Which leaves you owing us..... $1.98
-->-- '''Letter from the Attorney''', ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', "The Wabbit Who Came to Supper"

So someone starts working at a job, and after their first week, they receive their first paycheck: They are overjoyed... only to discover that a large percentage of their own pay had to be deducted for tax-related issues, at which point they are angered.

This is a TruthInTelevision.



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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': "Who is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Insurance_Contributions_Act_tax Fica]] and why is she getting all my money?"
* In ''Series/EightSimpleRules'', an episode focuses on Bridget getting her first job. When she receives her paycheck, the check is blank and she owes the store she works for money because she bought so many clothes and "forgot about tax".
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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': "Who is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Insurance_Contributions_Act_tax Fica]] and why is she getting all my money?"
* In ''Series/EightSimpleRules'', an episode focuses on Bridget getting her first job. When she receives her paycheck, the check is blank and she owes the store she works for money because she bought so many clothes and "forgot about tax".
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon "The Wabbit Who Came to Supper", Elmer Fudd is in the middle of hunting Bugs when suddenly he gets a letter from his Uncle Louie that he is getting three million dollars[[note]]Keep in mind that the cartoon aired 1942, the value being way higher than today[[/note]] in his will as long as Elmer gives up hunting. Bugs proceeds to take advantage of this, moving in with Elmer Fudd, using up his hot water, taking his food and generally being a nuisance with the threat of telling Uncle Louie that he is being abused if he doesn't cower to his demands. When Uncle Louie dies, he inherits the money, but due to various fees and taxes, by the time he gets the letter he now ''owes'' the attorney $1.98. While disappointed by his rotten luck, Elmer is free to enact vengeance on the rabbit.
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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': "Who is Fica and why is she getting all my money?"

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': "Who is Fica [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Insurance_Contributions_Act_tax Fica]] and why is she getting all my money?"

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'': This happens when Jeremy receives his first paycheck from the movie theatre. He starts ranting and storms off. Walt watches all of this and comments that he might just have seen the birth of a conservative.


* ''{{Friends}}'': "Who is Fica and why is she getting all my money?"
* In ''8 Simple Rules'', an episode focuses on Bridget getting her first job. When she receives her paycheck, the check is blank and she owes the store she works for money because she bought so many clothes and "forgot about tax".

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* ''{{Friends}}'': ''Series/{{Friends}}'': "Who is Fica and why is she getting all my money?"
* In ''8 Simple Rules'', ''Series/EightSimpleRules'', an episode focuses on Bridget getting her first job. When she receives her paycheck, the check is blank and she owes the store she works for money because she bought so many clothes and "forgot about tax".


* Subverted in ''FoxTrot'', where Peter mentions how much of his pay was cut when he received his first paycheck from his summer job at the movie theater, and Roger says "Welcome to the world of taxes." Peter then reveals that he wasn't referring to taxes, but to the price of all the theater snacks he helped himself to.

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* Subverted in ''FoxTrot'', ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', where Peter mentions how much of his pay was cut when he received his first paycheck from his summer job at the movie theater, and Roger says "Welcome to the world of taxes." Peter then reveals that he wasn't referring to taxes, but to the price of all the theater snacks he helped himself to.


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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Happens to Miss Brooks in ''Easter Outfit''. Miss Brooks finds the $50.00 she earned working at the board of education during spring break to be considerably eroded by tax deductions.


* Subverted in ''FoxTrot'', where Peter, when he mentions how much of his pay was cut when he received his first paycheck of his Summer Job, and Roger says "Welcome to the world of taxes," Peter reveals that not only was he not referring to Tax Deductions, but they actually pale in comparison to what he was talking about, which was deductions made from his eating while working the Snack Bar.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' seems to be very well aware of this trope, as when they have to give a new worker their first paycheck (a person who previously got paid in full for her jobs), He and Wally donned earmuffs to block out her screams of anguish when she learns about the amount that was deducted. It didn't save their coffee, though.

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* Subverted in ''FoxTrot'', where Peter, when he Peter mentions how much of his pay was cut when he received his first paycheck of from his Summer Job, summer job at the movie theater, and Roger says "Welcome to the world of taxes," taxes." Peter then reveals that not only was he not wasn't referring to Tax Deductions, taxes, but they actually pale in comparison to what he was talking about, which was deductions made from his eating while working the Snack Bar.
price of all the theater snacks he helped himself to.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' seems to be ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'': Dilbert and Wally are very well aware of this trope, as when trope. When they have to give a new worker their first paycheck (a person who previously got paid in full for her jobs), He and Wally they donned earmuffs to block out her screams of anguish when she learns about the amount that saw how much was deducted. It didn't save their coffee, though.



* In ''8 Simple Rules'', an episode focuses on Bridget getting her first job. When she recieves her paycheck, the check is blank and she owes the store she works for money because she bought so many clothes and "forgot about tax".

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* In ''8 Simple Rules'', an episode focuses on Bridget getting her first job. When she recieves receives her paycheck, the check is blank and she owes the store she works for money because she bought so many clothes and "forgot about tax".


* In ''{{8 Simple Rules}}'', an episode focuses on Bridget getting her first job. When she recieves her paycheck, the check is blank and she owes the store she works for money because she bought so many clothes and "forgot about tax".

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* In ''{{8 ''8 Simple Rules}}'', Rules'', an episode focuses on Bridget getting her first job. When she recieves her paycheck, the check is blank and she owes the store she works for money because she bought so many clothes and "forgot about tax".

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* In ''{{8 Simple Rules}}'', an episode focuses on Bridget getting her first job. When she recieves her paycheck, the check is blank and she owes the store she works for money because she bought so many clothes and "forgot about tax".


* ''{{Dilbert}}'' seems to be very well aware of this trope, as when they have to give a new worker their first paycheck (a person who previously got paid in full for her jobs), He and Wally donned earmuffs to block out her screams of anguish when she learns about the amount that was deducted. It didn't save their coffee, though.

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* ''{{Dilbert}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' seems to be very well aware of this trope, as when they have to give a new worker their first paycheck (a person who previously got paid in full for her jobs), He and Wally donned earmuffs to block out her screams of anguish when she learns about the amount that was deducted. It didn't save their coffee, though.


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* Subverted in FoxTrot, where Peter, when he mentions how much of his pay was cut when he received his first paycheck of his Summer Job, and Roger says "Welcome to the world of taxes," Peter reveals that not only was he not referring to Tax Deductions, but they actually pale in comparison to what he was talking about, which was deductions made from his eating while working the Snack Bar.
* Dilbert seems to be very well aware of this trope, as when they have to give a new worker their first paycheck (a person who previously got paid in full for her jobs), He and Wally donned earmuffs to block out her screams of anguish when she learns about the amount that was deducted. It didn't save their coffee, though.

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* Subverted in FoxTrot, ''FoxTrot'', where Peter, when he mentions how much of his pay was cut when he received his first paycheck of his Summer Job, and Roger says "Welcome to the world of taxes," Peter reveals that not only was he not referring to Tax Deductions, but they actually pale in comparison to what he was talking about, which was deductions made from his eating while working the Snack Bar.
* Dilbert ''{{Dilbert}}'' seems to be very well aware of this trope, as when they have to give a new worker their first paycheck (a person who previously got paid in full for her jobs), He and Wally donned earmuffs to block out her screams of anguish when she learns about the amount that was deducted. It didn't save their coffee, though.though.
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[[folder:Live-Action Television]]
* ''{{Friends}}'': "Who is Fica and why is she getting all my money?"
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