A Dozen Views of One of Life’s Certainties

It’s that time of year here in the United States — tax time, that is! Actually, the citizenry has something of a break in 2018, since the official deadline for filing tax returns, April 15th, falls on a Sunday. That means the deadline slips to the next business day, so in most states the Post Offices are bracing for a run on their windows on Monday the 16th. In Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and Maine, where Patriots Day is a state holiday. the deadline will be Tuesday the 17th — and no, NFL wags, the holiday commemorates the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord, not the team headquartered in Foxboro, Mass.!

For decades cartoonists have mined tax day for laughs; some of them made it a point to annually commemorate the date in their strips. Don’t believe us? Well, the proof is in the pudding. Here are a dozen strips devoted to the trials and tribulations of taxation, taken at fifteen-year intervals across a period of three decades:

 

From 1980 —

 

From 1995:

 

And finally, from 2010:

Whether you’re assembling your schedules so your tax forms will bear a postmark scant minutes before the deadline or (like the Canwell household) you finished your taxes and have settled accounts with Uncle Sammy weeks before, we hope you enjoyed this little look at tax day in the comics page!

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