If You Can’t Beat ’em, Join ’em

There’s something positively Atlas Shrugged-like about the image of laid-off Wall St. brokers lining up around the block to apply for work at the Internal Revenue Service:

Benjamin Franklin said that nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes. When death is not an option and the world is maximizing the uncertainty, taxes look like an intriguing career alternative.

Or, more precisely, what the Internal Revenue Service calls tax administration.\

The I.R.S. dangled the possibilities when it held an open house at the federal office building at 290 Broadway in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday. An hour before the fair was scheduled to begin, the crowd began lining up — recently laid-off Wall Street types in charcoal-gray pinstripe suits and trench coats; less formally dressed people; a woman with a new accounting degree on her résumé and a 14-month-old baby in a stroller.

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