On the eve of the tax deadline in the United States, we examine 10 films where taxes were used as a primary plot motivation.
Taxes may be as certain as death, and they may not be very popular among those of us with hard-earned money, but they do allow for certain services which ultimately benefit all of us. Taxes also represent a subject matter which most of us are pretty familiar with because we have to pay them. As a result, they can serve as an important topic in film. Not just because of what they can accomplish, but because just about everyone hates paying them.
We all can think of better ways we would rather have our tax money spent, but the point is they are something that are almost universally an inconvenience. By having a plot revolve or have motivation based off of that inconvenience, films can connect with the audience. Even if we don't understand the intricacies of how taxes work, we know that if you fail to pay them you can get in trouble.