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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

At least we know they have a sense of humor!

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — The city's tax superintendent has been suspended without pay for a week for trying to inject some humor in the city income tax filing instructions.
The attempt at humor by Linda Stubbs was called "misguided" by city Finance Director John Lyons.

The forms — with such lines as, "If we can tax it, we will," — were sent last week to all Middletown businesses and residents who pay city income tax.

Lyons said revised forms were sent out immediately at a cost to taxpayers of about $5,500.
Among the lines that city officials didn't think were very funny was this one:
"Free advice: if you don't have a profit in a five-year period, you might want to consider another line of work."

Middletown is about 25 miles northeast of Cincinnati.
(Article from: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,146792,00.html)

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Tell me you wouldn't crack a smile if you came across those quotes in the IRS forms? It is nice to know that *some* tax folks have a funny bone.

Kate

3 comments:

Dy said...

ROFLOL! I would *love* to have some indication that the folks handling these forms had a sense of humor. Personally, I think they should have let folks request new forms if they wanted them. I think they'd have been surprised at how much $ they could have saved.

One of my absolute favorites is coming across the airline attendant who will cut up during the announcements. Those are always a welcome reprieve, and invariably well-received by passengers. But unfortunately, it's usually co-workers (either on duty, or someone flying comp on personal business) who gets snitty over it and reports it as a breach of professionalism. *sigh*

We need to speak out in the affirmative of humor more often!!

Dy

Anonymous said...

I agree, I think it is very funny! Janet

Amy said...

LOL! It's possible: pigs fly! I love it!