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August 10, 2017 Tax Bits

When the Taxman Comes Along

By Robert S. Steinberg, Law Offices of Robert S. Steinberg, Palmetto Bay, FL

(To tune of, “The Man That Got Away,” by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin, made popular by Judy Garland in the 1954 movie A Star Is Born.)

The tax man’s coming
He’s whistling and humming
In fear you shiver
He’ll send you up the river
It always happens
When the taxman comes along.

No more that savior faire
That attitude, “Who’ll care?”
Deductions from thin-air
Don’t belong.

The tax preparer
Who was your secret-sharer
Has all the papers
That document your capers
He’ll be the witness,
The one who gets you jailed.

No more big-ego thrills
From lowering tax bills
Deductions from those shelter mills
Have all failed.

Good lessons come hard
And the hardest one you’re learning
That fools keep the wheels
Of justice turning.

The trial is over
So ends a life in clover
You’re no short-termer
The sentence is much firmer

For readers who are not familiar with the tune: