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This post continues with the theme of the worry that accompanies filing tax returns in the U.S.

(To tune of, “The Man That Got Away,” by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin from 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, “Why 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
Sly shelters from the fraud 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 was much firmer
What cash you’d hidden
Bid good-bye, goes the song

 Since the first tax-law was passed
There’s been no one more aghast
Than a scared tax-cheater
When the taxman comes along

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved.

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