John Oliver Defends The IRS With Help From Michael Bolton [Video]

John Oliver, host of the Last Week Tonight show, is getting in on the Tax Season hype. Though, he is not complaining about the IRS like everyone else seems to be. In fact, Oliver is defending the IRS. He, with the help of Michael Bolton, trys to convince us that we need the Internal Revenue Service, and he is right.

Washington Post reports that Oliver does not see the IRS workers as evil, or the spawn of Satan, or anything demonic. Instead, the people of the IRS are just boring, albeit heroes. They are boring heroes.

“There’s a weird kind of heroism to doing jobs that are that boring, ’cause not only can I not do their job, I can barely even listen to them talking about it.”

The workers are not phased when checks come into the IRS covered in mustard or other substance. The checks are simply wiped clean and sent to the bank.


Many people want to blame the IRS for the amount of taxes they have to pay. What most don’t realize is that the IRS has nothing to do with how much tax is taken from working citizens. They are the company that collects and processes the taxes. John Oliver states that you should not blame the IRS for having to pay taxes.

“If you are angry about the amount of tax you pay–that’s nothing to with them. That’s determined by a vote in Congress… The fact is, blaming the IRS because you hate paying your taxes is a bit like slapping your checkout clerk because the price of eggs has gone up. It’s not her fault — she’s just trying to help you get out of the store.”

The IRS is really there to help workers get through the tax reporting season with ease. After all, there were over 500 changes to the tax law within the last year, and a normal working-class American could not possibly keep up. The job of the IRS is also getting harder and harder to do, as there have been many budget cuts over the years.


As Huffington Post reports, Oliver goes on to compare the IRS to an anus. Yes, that’s right. The IRS is like our anuses — we don’t necessarily like them, but we need them.

With the help of Michael Bolton, Oliver reworked the hit “How Am I Suppose to Live Without You” as an ode to the one and only IRS. It is glorious.

Has John Oliver changed your mind about the IRS?

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