Imagine yourself talking to the little child inside the intimidating person.Be careful with this though – I don’t mean you should put on a condescending voice and offer them a sweet!We automatically put ourselves on the bottom end of the seesaw.Remember – you can choose what to think about any situation.Every single one of us was a child once, fairly powerless and open to the rules, restrictions and attitudes of the ‘powerful’ adults around us.If you can tap into this energy/mindset, it might just give you the edge when dealing with intimidating people.Apparently, going to jail for tax evasion is a Fate Worse than Death.
Audit Threat is when the characters threaten to call the Intimidating Revenue Service or their friend who works there.
Stick to the facts and take the dignified path always. Never be confrontational or belittling with intimidating people. Ironically, many intimidating people have learned this behaviour due to feeling powerless and unheard as children.
Look at the other person as someone to figure out and understand rather than someone to challenge. This is a generalisation but I have come across many clients who seem intensely gruff on the outside but once you get to know them, you realise it’s all a ‘front’.
The trope is named after the USA's Internal Revenue Service, a department of the USA's central/federal government which collects all the country's taxes except for those on goods imported from other countries (tariffs) and ships entering US ports (tolls).
Based on His Majesty's Inland Revenue department, it was founded shortly after the beginning of the USA's Civil War as part of the process of full economic mobilisation required to build up and sustain an army big enough to suppress the rebellion.