D. Larry Crumbley's
Forensic Accounting Fictions
of Philanthropy in Popular Culture. How are our tax laws portrayed in
popular culture (fiction, films, television) when it comes to charitable
donations? How does this portrayal affect our respect for/willingness to
obey the tax laws? Do the rich "get away" with something because
of tax breaks for charitable giving?
See also The Taxman Cometh (mini-essay this
- Carey, Peter, The Tax
- Cooper, Ben, Blind Luck
- Dixon, John, Death of a
Tax Inspector (1995).
Susan, Death and
Gardner, Erle Stanley, The
Case of the Fugitive Nurse (1993).
The Firm ().
Hastings, Jon, Smith
Brown Jones: Alien Accountant (1997).
Weikart, Jim, Harrys
Last Tax Cut (1992).
Susan Wolfe, The Last
Billable Hour (1990).
"Paying the taxes on
the old homestead" is the impetus for many films and novels, including in part
with the Wind (1939).
Bachelor in Paradise
(1961). A novelist decides to write a book quickly to pay off his back taxes.
The Blue Iguana (1988). A
bounty hunter is roped into helping two tax collectors stave off the illegal transfer of
funds across the Mexican border.
The Blues Brothers (1980).
Bounty Tracker (1993).
Almost everyone in a tax consultant's firm is murdered.
Come On Danger (1942). A
bandit exhorts taxes out of the local ranchers.
Dragonworld (1994). A
dragon convinces the heir to a Scottish castle to establish a theme park to pay off the
Handle With Care (1958). A
law student uncovers proof of fake tax receipts.
Income Tax Sappy (1954).
The Three Stooges get jobs as tax advisors.
The Mating Game (1959).
A government employee investigates why a farmer hasn't paid his back taxes.
(1992). A Welsh taxpayer leads a revolt.
Robin Hood (1938);
Hood (1973); Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993); various other Robin Hood films. All deal
with the evil Prince John and his cohort the Sheriff of Nottingham and their attempts to
raise taxes illegally. See also
Something for the Boys
(1944). Three heirs turn an old Southern plantation into a hotel.
Another popular target is
the IRS's eagerness and vindictiveness in collecting back taxes or using a tax audit to
Shutting down stills is
also a common theme.
Finally, tax shelters are
often a popular target.
Lobster Man From Mars
(1989). An aspiring filmmaker approaches a studio exec in need of a tax write-off.
Moonlighting (TV Pilot,
1985). A model discovers her business manager has made off with all her funds.