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How a Clever Man Is Using Selfies to Protect Himself From Tax Collectors

How a Clever Man Is Using Selfies to Protect Himself From Tax Collectors

"Andrew just likes to play by the rules."

Andrew Jarvis, an architect who had to work out of his firm’s New York City and Philadelphia offices, quickly grew tired of the exhausting commute. So he started renting an NYC apartment to lighten the burden.

However, he soon realized that New York, which has some of the most ridiculously high tax rates, could use his part-time residency as an excuse to tax him even more. Jarvis inspected the tax code and learned that the state couldn’t tax his income if he lived there 182 days or less each year.

It appears that he understood that tax collectors were unlikely to just take his word for it, so he started taking selfies so he would have proof he spends more time in Philly than New York City.

To be clear, the strategy doesn’t get him out of paying taxes. It just means he can keep paying the tax rates implemented by Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania rather than NYC and New York.

“Along with time-stamped selfies of himself underneath the commuter train marquee or with the daily newspaper in hand, Andrew also collects receipts from his day-to-day transactions,” Mashable notes. “The selfies aren't a narcissist obsession, Andrew just likes to play by the rules.”

The man’s daughter, Anne Jarvis, told Mashable she felt like the photos should be shared with the Internet, so she posted the selfies on Instagram. Check them out below:

This story has been updated.

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