WHO SAYS IT'S DEDUCTIBLE? k [Suite de la page 521] Gage suggérait une annonce pour les réservations par itordinateur garantissant qu'un siège réservé n'est pas vendu deux fois: («Et si votre siège est déja pris?» Saxon y réfléchissait, puis crayonnait i|un homme d'affaires assis sur les genoux d'un autre homme d'affaires. ®A quoi j'ajoutais une légende: «Notre devise: 124 billets, 124 places». Le cceur de ces annonces était ie dessin d'humour. Le texte utilisait I l'humour du dessin. (J'aurait été folie pure d'utiliser Saxon, puis d'effacer l'humour dès que les gens se mettraient a lire. On ne gare pas sa voiture :J| dans une mine d'or. Saxon travaillait si rapidement, avec tant d'intuition que nous pen- I'sames qu'il ferait merveille a la télé. Ce fut un problème. Saxon ne dessine i' pas en traits clairs, définis. Son dessin est suggestion pure. Le premier )i studio de télé transforma ses dessins en Mickey Mouse, r Ce studio-la fit cinq essais, mais ne comprenait toujours pas Saxon. U On nous montra cinq tests au crayon de 10 secondes chacun. Ce n'était pas du Saxon. Le prochain studio comprit et demanda même a Saxon de 20)—22) Further drawings from the UN booklet (see figs. 10-19). 23) Double-spread colour ad for a book on social behaviour to be published by Doubleday. 24) Colour illustration to an article on taxation in McCall's. Art Director: Otto Storch. 25) Experimental drawing. Crayon and wash. 20)—22) Weitere Zeichnungen aus der UN-Broschüre (siehe auch Abb. 10-19). 23) Doppelseitiges Farbinserat für ein Buch über Umgangsformen im Verlag Doubleday. 24) Farbige Illustration zu einem Artikel über Steuern in der Zeitschrift McCall's. 25) Experimentelle lavierte Kreidezeichnung. income year—an loan for property $100 a nr 20)—22) Autres dessins du petit ouvrage sur 1'Onu (cf. les fig. 10-19). 23) Annonce en couleurs pour un livre sur le comportement social publié par Doubleday. 24) Illustration en couleurs d'un article sur les impóts dans McCall's. 25) Dessin expérimental. Crayon au lavis. By midnight, April 15, 70 million Americans are going to file their federal income-tax returns. Whether they prepared their own forms or got outside help, they all wonder at some point whether a really smart tax expert couldn't have saved them money by finding deductions and angles they never thought of. In order to find out, McCall's selected a typical suburban family, who agreed to let this reporter inspect all its finan cial records for 1967. After three evenings with Harry and Preston, as we shall call them, I felt I knew their finances as well as my own. The Presto.iJ, who have two children, had a joint of $17,850 last year. They own their eight- room house, for which they paid $26,500 in 1960. Harry Preston, a salesman who cov ers the New York metropolitan area for a Canadian building-supplies firm, made $14,250 in commis sions during 1967. His wife, Adele, a free-lance copy edi tor for small publishing firms, earned $3,600 working at home, using one room as her office. In addition, the Prestons had dividend income of $120, from some stock Adele inherited, and $91 in interest on their small savings account. The Prestons' total income of $18,061 places them among the 13 mil lion U.S. families who make over $10,000 a year. Like most of us, they pay interest their bank mortgage—$1,025 a and $82 a month on the bank >r their 1966 Oldsmobile. Their taxes are $905. They send ïonth to Adele's mother, who lives in Florida. Harry takes two night courses in urban planning, at a cost of $115, plus $15 for textbooks. Armed with this information, I started my visits to five different tax experts in the guise of Harry Pres ton, a typical American male for whom income-tax preparation is a mysterious and baffling maze, to be penetrated only by experts. My first stop was the converted basement of a brownstone build ing in mid-Manhattan with a ■on sign in the win dow "Retter Income x Center, $2." Over the sign was a large poster, headed "Guaran tee," saying, "If you are .■harged any interest or penalties by the government because of an error made by turn, to page Hi Charles Saxon The h tutor ving story of what happened when five different expertsmade out the same family's income tax By Murray Teigh Bloom

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