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How to Figure Income Tax (1938)

 |  Comedy, Short  |  March 1938 (USA)
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As he is now working on his income tax, Joe Doakes conducts the latest in his series of "how to" lectures, this time on income tax. He provides a general overview on the theory behind the ... See full summary »

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As he is now working on his income tax, Joe Doakes conducts the latest in his series of "how to" lectures, this time on income tax. He provides a general overview on the theory behind the income tax, and to where the money goes. He then goes through the income tax form, and what goes into specific line items. When he doesn't know what goes into a line item, he checks the fine print in the instructions and accompanying Schedules. After filling in all the necessary line items, it is then time to do all the calculations to come up with the tax payable. But what may be more important to most people is how to evade paying income tax, which follows up on what to do if one is being audited. Written by Huggo

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1 May 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

How to Figure Income Tax (1938)

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Another in the "How to..." series from MGM and Robert Benchley. This time out, as the title says, Benchley explains how those income tax papers work, what you need to know about them and what you don't need to know. The first six-minutes of this short is pretty bland as we get Benchley trying to explain the subject yet forgetting what he's doing or at other times he simply messes up on his wording or has to the look the answer up. None of this is particularly funny but Benchley is obviously working very hard trying to sell it. It's also known that Benchley had a drinking problem and I'm curious if there was something going on while making this because just watch his hands at the start of the picture as they're shaking fairly bad at times. As I said, the first six-minutes are pretty bland but we then get to the next subject, which is how to save money by telling lies on the paper. This leads to a fairly funny sequence as Benchley brags about getting away with it but sure enough there's a knock at his door and you should know what happens next. This is certainly far from a good movie but if you're in the right frame of mind you should find it mildly entertaining.


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