In honor of April 15, here are several Death Cartoons riffing on the theme of Death and Taxes.
Did you know today was the day that Abraham Lincoln died after being shot at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. 150 years ago? I wonder if that’s why the U.S. government made this the day our taxes are due.
This Non Sequitur eloquently combines death and taxes at a graveside service. The small group of mourners gathered around are looking at the headstone, which reads: HA! FILE THIS RETURN (with an arrow pointing down into the ground). A woman says, “Well, I can’t say he went peacefully, but he did go out happy.”
The deceased may be happy he didn’t have to file a return, but someone representing his estate WILL have to file a final return for this guy. Will your executor know where to find all the needed information?
I’ve never seen anything related to death in Frazz, but there’s a death and taxes reference today! Frazz is the janitor at an elementary school, and he’s famous for participating in marathons and triathalons in his spare time. A student says to him, “My dad’s been grumbling about death and taxes. He says at least death you only have to experience once.” Frazz replies, “I have an endurance sports joke.” The kid replies, “That was inevitable.”
Of course, that’s a reference to Benjamin Franklin’s famous quip, “The only two inevitabilities in life are death and taxes.” Despite knowing we are going to die, and we are going to have to pay taxes, we still put off our preparations as long as we possibly can. Why not make it easier on yourself and your family: take care of your arrangements well before your deadline!
And in this Lio cartoon, Lio’s dad opens the door to see the Grim Reaper standing there. He walks to another room to let Lio know he has a visitor. Lio is wearing a T-shirt that says TAXES.
Here’s hoping you got your taxes done in a timely manner. Remember, death is a part of life. If you use someone to prepare your taxes, you can also benefit from having an advocate help you prepare your final disposition plans.
I’m your personal trainer for funeral planning and can put some “fun” in a process you may dread. Get in touch with me and I’ll help you get your final affair in order. You can’t pay someone to do your push-ups for you, but you can hire a personal trainer to make sure you do your push-ups.
Remember, talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, and talking about funerals won’t make you dead.