Paul L. Caron

Monday, April 11, 2016

NYU Hosts 7th Annual Tax Movie Night

7th Annual NYU Tax Movie Night!:


Tonight, April 11th, please join us for our 7th Annual NYU Tax Movie Night!  This year’s event is titled The IRS as Sitcom Star and will examine how IRS agents and other employees have been portrayed in different classic television sitcom series over several decades.  The episodes featured are from The Jack Benny Program (1964), The Andy Griffith Show (1965), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970) and Roseanne (1990).  Professor Lawrence Zelenak, the Pamela B. Gann Professor of Law at Duke Law School, will join us as a special guest speaker and will lead a discussion following the screening.  Professor Joshua Blank, NYU Law, will moderate.  Refreshments, including popcorn, will be served.

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That is really interesting. I recall an episode of Sanford and Son when Fred received a Social Security check for an ungodly high amount. If I recall, it was for $10K when one could purchase two or three decent cars for that amount. Of course, the morality play was the Fred wanted to keep it. Lamont "persuaded" him to do the right thing and return it. The Social Security agents were portrayed as complete buffoons.

Posted by: Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King | Apr 11, 2016 4:34:50 PM

The best tax-tinged sitcom was "Get Smart" Where Maxwell Smart, the unionized secret agent, doggedly maintained his cover as an IRS agent no matter how outlandish his circumstances, and CHAOS, the super secret worldwide organization of evil was a Delaware corporation "for tax purposes."

Posted by: Jim Harper | Apr 12, 2016 12:39:27 PM