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1.  Cartoonists often use exaggeration to make a point. What point is the cartoonist making through exaggeration?

2.  Ask a parent, and a grandparent if they agree with the cartoonist, and to explain their answers.

3.  In the U.S., Tax Day is a slang term for the day on which individual income tax returns are due to the federal government.  What is the date of tax day?

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Cartoon by Gary McCoy.


1.  The cartoonist is exaggerating how unpleasant it is to do taxes; he implies that completing annual income tax forms is a painful process, similar to actual torture.

2.  Answers vary.

3.  Since 1955, Tax Day is usually on April 15. When April 15 falls on a weekend, Emancipation Day, or any other holiday, tax returns are instead due on the following business day. In 2011, Tax Day is April 18. (from  [Note:  This year the IRS extended the deadline because of the Washington D.C. holiday, Emancipation Day, which isusually celebrated on April 16th. This year it falls on a Saturday, but will be observed on Friday the 15th. (from]