CPA Firm Draws Humor from Taxes
by Terri Eyden on
By Ken Berry
If you're at the point in tax return season when you're tearing your hair out – and who could blame you? – you might appreciate one firm's attempt at whimsy. On April 10, the Philadelphia-based accounting firm of Drucker & Scaccetti presented a special exhibit entitled "Finding Humor in Taxes." It showcased forty to fifty works of nationally renowned cartoonists. Their subject? Taxes, naturally.
The artists featured at the presentation included Tony Auth, the editorial cartoonist for the Philadelphia Inquirer for more than forty years; Joseph Farris a cartoonist of the The New Yorker and a long-time contributor to Barron's, Stern, and Harvard Magazine; and Theresa McCracken, a long-time cartoonist whose work has appeared in hundreds of newspapers, trade journals, and magazines.
Ron Drucker, chairman of Drucker & Scaccetti, believes that laughter is the best medicine for clients and associates. He hopes that the illustrations the firm has collected can provide some much-needed relief. "I've always enjoyed tax cartoons. They give levity to an otherwise very serious business," said Drucker. "Over the years, my clients and colleagues have shared them with me, so I thought it would be a nice idea to compile a group of cartoons that I could share with clients, colleagues, and friends for a few laughs during a typically stressful time of year."
Drucker also told AccountingWEB, "The goal is to get our clients to not be as serious. It's more important that we have a laugh with you." He mentioned the case of a deceased client of the firm who was so consumed with taxes, he had his widow drive over tax information on the way home from the cemetery. But Drucker acknowledges that, "It's pretty nerve-racking to receive a letter from the IRS," so he understands the concerns of taxpayers.
One of Drucker's favorite cartoons portrays a little girl opening the mail in front of her father. The girl is asking, "What's an audit?" while dear old dad is shown passed out on the floor.
You don't have to be in Philadelphia to view this unique collection of tax-based illustrations. Drucker & Scaccetti are making them available to online visitors on the firm's Facebook page. Finally if you have any doubt about this firm's attitude this tax return season, its website – The Tax Warriors – should tell you all you need to know.
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