Taxes on the Silver Screen

By Suzanne Woolley, with Ben Steverman - 2013-03-20T20:35:13Z

Photograph by Columbia Pictures/Everett Collection

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Tim Robbins, 'Shawshank Redemption'

Robbins, playing convicted murderer/banker Andy Dufresne, hears chief prison guard Byron Hadley complain about taxes on an inheritance. Dufresne suggests Hadley make a tax-free gift to his spouse. Dufresne winds up doing tax returns for all of the guards -- and for the warden. That gets him protection and a cushy job in the library. (Later, it gets him money he laundered for Hadley.)
Best tax line: "Uncle Sam puts his hand in your shirt and squeezes your tit till it's purple," Hadley complains.
Tax takeaway: Expertise in taxes pays off big in prison.