People, Jan. 14, 1974

Scrooge of the Airwaves Jack Benny, 39 going on 80, has finally met his match in parsimony—the Internal Revenue Service. Benny, who for more than 60 years has capitalized on his radio/TV reputation as the ultimate tightwad to amass a fortune in seven figures, is now being sued for back taxes by Uncle Sam.

It seems that in 1967-68, Benny gave his private collection of pictures, radio and TV scripts, radio-show recordings, tapes and some other miscellaneous memorabilia to U.C.L.A. He then deducted from his federal taxes, as a gift, the collection's appraised worth:...

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