A Little Tax Humor

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Editor's Note: Every tax season for the last umpteen years, Robert E. McKenzie, a tax lawyer at  Arnstein & Lehr in Chicago, has made a tradition of sharing his carefully curated collection of tax jokes. Here are a few of his latest. Enjoy!

By Robert E. McKenzie 

1) "Three things are certain in life. Death and taxes are two of them. The third is tax fraud." – Matt Pearce, LA Times, April 19, 2016


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2) "I think nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world. Nobody knows more about taxes." – Donald Trump during 2016 campaign

3) "Anonymous just hacked Trump's tax returns. Unfortunately, like Trump's hands, the numbers are tiny and impossible to make out." – Michael R. Burch

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Robert E. Mckenzie

About the Author

Robert E. McKenzie is an attorney and partner in the law firm of Saul, Ewing, Arnstein, & Lehr, LLP, Chicago.

He concentrates his practice in representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service and state agencies. He has lectured extensively on the subject of taxation. He has presented courses before thousands of CPAs, attorneys and enrolled agents nationwide. Robert is recognized as an authority and media source on IRS and tax-related issues, and he continues to be featured in national and international news stories, including appearances on Dateline NBC and ABC’s World News Tonight. This includes his analysis, which appeared in various publications, regarding the IRS’ efforts to uncover the identities of U.S. citizens with accounts in banks offshore.

Prior to entering private practice, Robert was employed by the Internal Revenue Service, Collection Division, in Chicago, Illinois.

Robert served as a member of the IRS Advisory Council (IRSAC) which is a group appointed by the IRS Commissioner to provide advice to him and his management team (2009 - 2011). Mr. McKenzie was Vice Chair Professional Services of the ABA Tax Section (2003 - 2005). He is past Chairman of the Employment Tax Committee and past co-chair of the Task Force for Bankruptcy Legislation of the ABA Section on Taxation and past Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association Federal Tax Committee. He was Dean of the National Tax Practice Institute (1998-2002). Mr. McKenzie is the author of REPRESENTATION BEFORE THE COLLECTION DIVISION OF THE IRS and coauthor REPRESENTING THE AUDITED TAXPAYER BEFORE THE IRS and REPRESENTATION BEFORE THE UNITED STATES TAX COURT. Mr. McKenzie has received has been selected for listing by Law and Leading Attorneys where he served on its Advisory Board. He has been elected to the American College of Tax Counsel and serves as Secretary/Treasurer of its Board of Regents.

Mr. McKenzie received his J.D. with High Honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Kent

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