Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 184

“Your sign is incorrect! It should read ‘InFernal Revenue Service’!!!!”

(by Dominick Mancino)


My original caption: “I have a purely hypothetical question: Suppose a person somehow completely forgot to pay his Quarterly Estimated Taxes. What will happen to me now?”


Congratulations, Dominick Mancino, on this, your ninth victory. It took a long time — your last win was way back in Contest No. 143 — but persistence pays off. You can once again bask in the glory of being one of the funniest people around.

Here are the other entries that were under serious consideration:

“No, I’ve never filed a return. I’m a tax denier.” (by Michael Lomazow)

“Do you take guilty conscience walk-ins?” (by Pat Foley)

“Can I get an extension? The dog ate my tax return.” (by Paul Cohn)

“You’re nearly as taxing as my wife.” (by kenneth wilkinson)

“I find this whole ‘audit thing’ very taxing!” (by Kay Ralph)


It’s getting difficult for me to find drawings to challenge you sharp Captioneers, but I’m game if you are. Be on the lookout for the next Contest — it’ll be coming up before you know it.


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