Tax Quotes

TAX QUOTES
When it comes to taxes, everyone has an opinion. These quotes reflect the opinions of their authors; their inclusion here is not an official endorsement of the sentiments expressed. We welcome your tax quotes.

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” Taxes are what we pay for civilized society. ”
 
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court Justice

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” The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government. ”
 
James Madison, U.S. President

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” No government can exist without taxation. This money must necessarily be levied on the people; and the grand art consists of levying so as not to oppress. ”
 
Frederick the Great, 18th Century Prussian king

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” There is no art which one government sooner learns from another than that of draining money from the pockets of the people. ”
 
Adam Smith

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” To please universally was the object of his life; but to tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men. ”
 
Edmund Burke, 18th Century Irish political philosopher and British statesman

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” I am proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is – I could be just as proud for half the money. ”
 
Arthur Godfrey, entertainer

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” The best measure of a man’s honesty isn’t his income tax return. It’s the zero adjust on his bathroom scale. ”
 
Arthur C. Clarke, author

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” The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax. ”
 
Albert Einstein, physicist

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” People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women. ”
 
Unknown

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” But in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. ”
 
Benjamin Franklin

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” Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent. ”
 
Jonathan Swift

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” The Government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul. ”
 
George Bernard Shaw

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” He who has the base necessities of life should pay nothing; taxation on him who has a surplus may, if need be; extend to everything beyond necessities. ”
 
Jean Jacques Rousseau

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” There are two systems of taxation in our country: one for the informed and one for the uninformed. Over and over again Courts have said there is nothing sinister in so arranging one’s affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everybody does so, rich and poor, and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands. Taxes are enforced exactions, not voluntary contributions. To demand more in the name of morals is mere cant. ”
 
Honorable Learned Hand, US Appeals Court Justice

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We have from time-to-time complained about the complexity of our revenue laws and the almost impossible challenge they present to taxpayers or their representatives… Our complaints have obviously fallen upon deaf ears. ”
 
Arnold Raum (Senior US Tax Court Judge)

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” I was put into jail as I was going to the shoemaker’s to get a shoe which was mended. When I was let out the next morning, I proceeded to finish my errand, and, having put on my mended shoe, joined a huckleberry party, who were impatient to put themselves under my conduct; and in half an hour — for the horse was soon tackled — was in the midst of a huckleberry field, on one of our highest hills, two miles off, and then the State was nowhere to be seen. ”
 
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

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” When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income. ”
 
Plato

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” Few of us ever test our powers of deduction, except when filling out an income tax form. ”
 
Laurence J. Peter, author

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” The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws. ”
 
Cornelius Tacitus

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” Income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf. ”
 
Will Rogers, humorist

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” Next to being shot at and missed, nothing is really quite as satisfying as an income tax refund. ”
 
F.J.Raymond, humorist

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” A tax loophole is “something that benefits the other guy. If it benefits you, it is tax reform. ”
 
Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator

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” The trick is to stop thinking of it as ‘your’ money. ”
 
A Revenue Auditor

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” There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. ”
 
Ayn Rand

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” Taxation with representation ain’t so hot either. ”
 
Gerald Barzan, humorist

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” In the matter of taxation, every privilege is an injustice. ”
 
Voltaire

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” There are two distinct classes of men… those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes. War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen and unsupposed circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end. It has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes ”
 
Thomas Paine

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” Your federal government needs your money so that it can perform vital services for you that you would not think up yourself in a million years. ”
 
Dave Barry (US columnist)

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” The haggis and European tax law have much in common. They both involve bloody processes, the end results are a mystery and those of a squeamish disposition should not get involved in the making of either. ”
 
Unknown

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” The avoidance of taxes is the only pursuit that still carries any reward. ”
 
J M Keynes

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” Benjamin Franklin said nothing is certain but death and taxes: but at least death doesn’t get worse every year. ”
 
Unknown

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” Like mothers, taxes are often misunderstood, but seldom forgotten. ”
 
Lord Bramwell, 19th Century English jurist

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” Tax his land, tax his bed,
Tax the table at which he’s fed.
Tax his tractor, tax his mule,
Tax his cow, tax his goat,
Teach him taxes are the rule.

Tax his work, Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts Anyway!
Tax his pants, Tax his coat.
Tax his ties, tax his shirt,
Tax his work, tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco, tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.
Tax his cigars, Tax his beers,
If he cries tax his tears.
Tax his car, Tax his gas,
Find other ways to tax his ass.

Tax all he has, then let him know
That you won’t be done, till he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till he’s good and sore.

Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he’s laid.
Put these words upon his tomb,
‘Taxes drove me to my doom…’

When he’s gone, do not relax,
Its time to apply the inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax, Airline surcharge tax
Airline Fuel Tax, Airport Maintenance Tax
Building Permit Tax, Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax, Death Tax
Dog License Tax, Driving Permit Tax
Excise Taxes, Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment (UI), Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax, Petrol Tax ( too much per litre)
Gross Receipts Tax, Health Tax
Hunting License Tax, Hydro Tax, Inheritance Tax
Interest Tax, Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes, Marriage LicenseTax
Medicare Tax, Mortgage Tax
Personal Income Tax, Property Tax
Poverty Tax, Prescription Drug Tax
Provincial Income Tax, Real Estate Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax, Retail Sales Tax
Service Charge Tax, School Tax
Telephone Tax, Telephone, Provincial and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax, Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax, Water Tax, Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax, Workers Compensation Tax
Entertainment Tax,Tourism Promotion Tax
Value Added Tax…. ”
 
O.M. Weerasooiya – Retired Commissioner General of Inland Revenue, Sri Lanka and a Corporate Member of Sri Lanka, Institute of taxation and former Treasurer of Netherlands Alumni Association of Lanka