Congratulations, you made it!
You made it through another April Fools’ Day, that is, not another tax season. The IRS Commissioner must have seen his shadow during this Groundhog Day of a year because we still have six more weeks of filing returns ahead of us.
To keep you entertained while you make that final push to the finish line, here are a few past pranks with a tax theme, from around the world.
IRS shares data with Nigerian prince: The nonprofit Tax Foundation’s 2016 prank detailing an IRS plan to outsource its data security came on the heels of two IRS data breaches involving the “Get Transcript” program and e-file PINs, which compromised the personal information of more than 800,000 taxpayers.
£2,030 refund for British taxpayers: In 1996, an advertisement appeared in The London Times which featured an apology from Britain’s Conservative Party and asked readers to contact party headquarters for a £2,030 tax refund. There was just one catch: The fake ad was paid for by members of the Labour Party.
Norway’s 10% tax rebate: Norway’s Aftenposten (The Evening Post) published an article claiming that taxpayers would have to file again due to a data company error. The 1971 article, which included a photo of a puzzled employee trying to make sense of a scrambled string of data tape, said anyone who re-filed by the end of the day would receive a 10% rebate. And to think, when the IRS has computer problems in 2018, they only offered a one-day extension.