Creative Writing Student Uses Tax Form as Mad Libs Substitute

Ken Taro
3 min readApr 16, 2023
1040 Tax Form and the cover of a Mad Libs magazine

NEW YORK — New York University creative writing major Dino Mancini, a senior in his final semester, decided to turn in a capstone project like no other: a tax form disguised as a Mad Libs exercise.

“Taxes are bullshit,” grumbled Mancini. “Although to be honest, I don’t 100 percent know what a tax is or why they are collected at all. Either way, I know I’m paying for shit that I’m not getting back. Besides, this is going to be the best piece of art some audit nerd will ever read!”

Mancini’s professor, Dr. Asmarina Semhar, said she admired Mancini’s creativity, but disagreed that this was the way to go.

“Well, ‘creative’ is the first word in creative writing, the major,” admitted Dr. Semhar. “However, this is not the way to do this. But what the hell do I know? A banana duct-taped to a wall sold for $120k. Maybe I’m the idiot.”

Mancini’s father, Sal, said he was not pleased that his son was majoring in creative writing or doing this for his senior capstone project.

“Creative writing? What the hell is he supposed to do with that? I suppose if he draws up some documents for my construction company where I pay nothing and get everything for free, that might be worth something. I’m sick of this soft generation though. There should be three…



Ken Taro

Writer, satirist, and humorist. You can find my best work on my mom’s refrigerator.