Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 158

           “I must warn you, I tend to say ‘that’s not allowed either’, a lot.”

                                           (by Tim Collins)



My original caption: “The good news is that my audit shows that you overpaid fourteen thousand dollars in taxes. The bad news is that I’m a notorious practical joker.”


Congratulations, Tim Collins, on your fourth win! Once again you have proved to be one of the funniest people around.

There were slim pickings once again this time around. What with everyone in coronavirus isolation, I figured you’d all have plenty of time to dream up some really funny IRS captions. But, for whatever reasons, I was wrong again.

Here are the other entries that were seriously being considered:

“The song was uplifting, Mr. Marshall, however, you have been called here for an ‘audit’, NOT an ‘audition’!” (by Kay Ralph)

“The good news is that you have until July 15th to file your taxes. The bad news is that you’ve violated the 6-foot social distancing rule and I have to ask you to leave immediately.” (by Gary). You sure nailed the “good news . . . bad news” wording that I had used in my original caption so many years ago, Gary. When I first saw your caption, I had an eerie feeling that someone must have been looking over my shoulder.

“Don’t be afraid of being audited, but you should be scared stiff of the coronavirus I happen to have.” (by Cary Antebi)

“Think of us as a virus minus ‘v’ and ‘u’.” (also by Cary Antebi)

All other things being equal, a new contest will appear shortly. Keep on the lookout for it, but most of all, keep healthy!

One Comment

  1. Congrats, Tim Collins! Also
    Congrats, Tim Collins! Also, I have to add…
    The ‘used to be a Proctologist’ caption, brought an instant chuckle, and I thought, the ‘We don’t do debt forgiveness here’
    was clever.

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