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Dirk Flinthart's highly taxed Whimsies

By Dirk Flinthart - posted Saturday, 15 September 2001

You'll excuse me if my humour isn't exactly razor-keen today. I have friends in New York, and in the Pentagon too, believe it or not. Happily, it doesn't look as though I've lost any of them - but there are too many others who can't say the same. So yeah: here's some humour about taxation.

Some of these are funny too. Jeez, I wish I'd written this column a few days ago, back when I was still inclined to appreciate irony.


This site is amazing. It is the US government's offical tax office (they call it the IRS) site - and there appears to be an attempt at humor in its construction. This is an object and brutal lesson as to the essential differences between comedians and tax agents, I believe. Note to the IRS: Jay Leno isn't out trying to squeeze money out of people. So why are you wasting your time trying to make them laugh?

This is just comfortingly weird, though:

And who says taxes aren't good for you, eh? Check this one out:


Then there's this excuse for not paying taxes. You gotta give this guy full marks for chutzpah:

Now this place is yet another fine example of why tax agents shouldn't look for work at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. The name of this site is ... well, let's just say it's hard to see the relevance.

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Dirk Flinthart is a writer and student who lives in Tasmania.

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