Cartoons: The Tax Man

Back in the 1950s, the IRS had a different name, but the pain they inflicted was just the same!

Man burning financial documents before an IRS agent arrives for an audit.

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Prison inmate telling his comrade about his financial crime.
“’Income tax,’ I said, laughing lightly at the stranger’s question, ‘What’s that?’”
Chon Day
November 3, 1951

 

IRS agent telling a receptionist that he is there to audit her boss's finances
“Tell him it’s his Uncle Sam.”
Chon Day
October 6, 1951

 

IRS arrives at a couple's home.
“Dear, can you use anything from the Internal Revenue Bureau?”
Corka
August 30, 1952

 

Taxpayer hails a taxi after meeting with an IRS agent.
“The poorhouse.”
Chon Day
June 12, 1954

 

Nervous novelties salesman tries to bribe an IRS agent with his merchandise.
“While I’m here, could I interest you in some flower seeds, greeting cards, novelties…?”
Jack Tippit
April 27, 1957

 

Frightened man leaps into a tree to escape an IRS agent.
“All I wanted was a match.”
Joseph Farris
March 10, 1956

 

Man burning financial documents before an IRS agent arrives for an audit.
“Chilly in here.”
Joseph Farris
November 24, 1956

 

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  1. How interesting these cartoons have appeared on the same day Bernie Madoff departed! Having said that it’s high time corporate multi-billionaires started paying a big chunk of taxes as they’re currently paying NOTHING! I’m talking about you, Jeff Bezos (to name one). Mmm hmmm. The time’s coming when you’re not going to be able to hide the money in Ireland or wherever else, and leave the already overburdened average American holding the bag. It has to stop! The pandemic ripping the lid off of SO many things otherwise is one of the few bright spots of it.

    What am I to say of these? #1 at the top, sadly says so much. The man’s bald, too. Love the distraction attempt in #5 and the guy getting busted in #7. Glad I got my own taxes over with and am actually getting a refund from the state and federal. I’m shocked!

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