Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 211

“Well, for future reference, a good first step would be to actually file a return …”

(by Bruce L. Morgenstern)


My original caption: “No, I would not like to see a photo of the wife and kids.”


Congratulations, Bruce L. Morgenstern, on your second victory . . . and it’s been a long time coming! Your first win was back in August 2015, in Contest No. 88. Which only goes to prove that the three most important factors in winning this Contest are persistence, persistence and persistence. Oh, also funny, funny and funny.

Here are the other captions that were being seriously considered:

“Don’t worry, your money is safe with us.” (by Diane Weisman)

“No, we can’t do double or nothing.” (by Michael Lomazow)

“No, it’s not OK to claim the five kids of the guy that stole your identity last year as dependents.” (by Lee Lacewell)

“You really didn’t mean to say that out loud did you?” (also by Lee Lacewell)

“Taxes are real, sir, even if you don’t believe in them.” (by Meg Wise-Lawrence)

“You’ll find that I’m not as charitable as you claim to be, Mr. Smithers.” (by Pat Foley)

Contest No. 212 will be posted in due time. Be on the lookout for it, Captioneers . . . and thanks for participating.

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