Tax Humor From the United Kingdom
September 13, 2012 by Dan Mitchell
Everyone seems to agree that the Brits have a good sense of humor, and I think you’ll agree if you peruse this modern glossary of financial terms and this example of politically incorrect terrorism humor.
I was wondering whether their use of humor is a defense mechanism to endure the predations of statist politicians such as Gordon Brown and David Cameron.
But then why aren’t the French famous for humor considering they’ve had to deal with Sarkozy and Hollande?
So maybe there’s an alternative explanation for British humor. In any event, we can now add some tax humor to the list. I have no idea who Jeremy Kyle is, but I’m guessing an infamous moocher (sort of like America’s Diaper Man or Germany’s Footless Hans). The other dependents are self explanatory.
Quite clever, sort of like this letter defending drunken sailors from unfair and malicious comparisons.
At the risk of sounding chauvinistic, we do have some very good American tax humor, such as cartoons about the value-added tax that can be seen here, here and here.
There are also lots of jokes at the expense of the IRS, as you can see here, here, here, here, and here.
Also, I suspect this comedian has helped improve awareness of excessive taxation.
And everyone seems to like this beer-centric explanation of the tax system.
Last but not least, we also have the official cigarette of the Obama campaign, as well as cartoons here, here, here and here that mock the President’s class-warfare tax agenda.