TAXES: The 1040 Blues

The fellows over at the U.S. Internal Revenue Service were rubbing their hands in anticipation one day when somebody got a bright idea: here it was time for millions of Americans to begin thinking about their income-tax reports, and soon grumbling citizens would be chewing up forms, muttering oaths and worse as they sent out their tax checks. Why not, asked an IRS man, "add a light touch to the annual tax chore" by turning out a spine-tingling, patriotic Official Tax Song—just like a cigarette commercial?

No sooner was the idea uttered than it raced like a hungry cat down...

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