Animated documentary promoting timely filing and payment of Federal income taxes, demonstrated by Donald Duck's difficulties with his tax return.


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Uncredited cast:
(singing voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash ...
Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)
Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
The Sportsmen Quartet ...
Singing Group (uncredited)


This short was made expressly for and under the auspices of War Activities Committee of the U. S. Treasury Department, and was distributed to theatres at no charge by only National Screen Services, since the War Activities Committee nor the U. S. Treasury Department had no film-exchange offices nor a theatre-distribution set-up. The premise is that it would take 'taxes to beat the axis', and Donald Duck is a reluctant tax-payer until he listens to a radio broadcast concerning the importance of all U.S. citizens to pay their share of taxes, and Donald gets into a conversation with the radio commentator, and learns why it is important to pay taxes to beat the axis. Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

23 January 1942 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the commissioner, The US Secretary of the Treasury, learned of the proposal of using Donald Duck as the feature character of the film, he insisted on a generic "Mr. Taxpayer" character instead. Walt Disney managed to convince him that using one of the studio's most popular characters would make for a more entertaining film and therefore, give a more effective message to the audience. See more »


Edited into Food Will Win the War (1942) See more »

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Hooray for the IRS!
27 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an odd little propaganda film made by the folks at Disney. During WWII, they made a lot of films for the government as well as the Canadian government--supporting such programs as war bonds, taxes and the like. Here, Donald Duck does his part by showing incredible excitement to help in the war effort--and he is positively giddy with the prospect of paying his yearly IRS bill. In fact, he's so excited, he pays early! What a huge difference between then and now, huh?! Regardless of the VERY dated message, the film is extremely well animated and enjoyable even an era where most folks can't stand the Internal Revenue Service! An interesting little curio that is best enjoyed by HUGE fans of animation as well as historians. Oh, and by the way, that's Cliff Edwards (the voice of Jimminy Cricket) doing the singing in this one.

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