Humor, Stress and Taxes


By Allen Klein, MA, CSP (aka Mr. Jollytologist®)


"They said I live in a wonderful country and should pay my taxes with a smile! I tried that but they insisted on CASH!!"

- Mel Narvey

For many years I have known that April is National Humor Month. What I just found out is that April is also Stress Awareness Month, and that April 16th, the after income tax is due, is Stress Awareness Day.

So to help you get less stress and more laughter during April, here is some tax-related humor to help you chuckle while you're filling in those tax forms.
Dear IRS:
Enclosed is my 2006 tax return and payment. Please take note of the attached newspaper article. In it, you will see that the Pentagon is paying $175 for hammers and NASA has paid $450 for a toilet seat.

Please find enclosed four toilet seats (value $1,800) and six hammers (value $1,050). This brings my total payment to $2,850. It has been a pleasure to pay my tax bill this year, and I look forward to paying it again next year.

Sincerely yours,

I. M. Smart

"How have you managed to buy such a luxurious villa while your income is so low?" asked the IRS auditor.

"Well," the taxpayer answered, "while fishing last summer I have caught a large golden fish. When I took it off the hook, the fish opened his mouth and said, 'I am a magical fish. Throw me back to the sea and I'll give you the most luxurious villa you have ever seen'. I threw the fish back to the sea, and got the villa."

"How can you prove such an unbelievable story?"

"Well, you can see the villa, can't you?"

An auditor from the tax office went to a synagogue and asked to speak to the rabbi.

"Rabbi, is Mr. Herman Goldberg a member of your congregation?"

"Yes, indeed he is."

"Can you confirm that he made the $100,000 donation to the synagogue that he claimed in his tax return?"

"I can assure you that he will!"

An investor went to a tax expert and said: "If I give you $1,000, will you answer two questions?"

The expert replied: "Certainly. And what is the other question?"

Simplified 1040 Form:
1- How much money did you make last year?
2- Send it in.

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