Donald Says “File!”

No, not Mr. Trump, but an older (and more patriotic?) icon of American culture reminds citizens of their duty to file their taxes in this 1943 video produced for the War Activities Committee of the Motion Pictures Industry.

Individual income tax returns are due today. If you still haven’t made it to the bottom of that shoebox of receipts, then make sure to get in your automatic extension to file by the end of the day.

Donald Duck says Pay Your Taxes!

It’s that time of year when taxes are on everybody’s mind. It might seem hard to imagine but there was a time when the annual ritual of filing taxes was still a new idea. That was the case during World War II and Donald Duck helped out with this little bit of propaganda.

And just as a reminder, you’ve got one week to file your return or automatic extension. The deadline for filing individual returns this year is Tuesday, April 17.

Thanks to NPR’s Planet Money Podcast for bringing the story and the video to our attention.