quotations about taxes
Don't get excited about a tax cut. It's like a mugger giving you back car fare.
ARNOLD H. GLASOW, attributed, Quotes Worth Repeating
Income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf.
WILL ROGERS, Sanity Is Where You Find It
The American people do not want us to raise taxes, period, full stop, makes for a really nice, tidy, talking point in this big fight. It does not, however, appear to be a true talking point. The most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll to poll on this question showed that when asked if they would support a federal surtax, an extra tax on people earning over $1 million a year, 81 percent of Americans said, yes, they would support that -- 81 percent of Americans, just perspective, do not agree that ice is cold or the word "duh" has a "t" in it. But 81 percent agreed raise taxes on millionaires. That we can agree on.
RACHEL MADDOW, The Rachel Maddow Show, July 6, 2011
Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.
LEARNED HAND, The Art and Craft of Judging: the decisions of Judge Learned Hand
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, letter to Jean Baptiste Le Roy, November 13, 1789
Even Albert Einstein reportedly needed help on his 1040 form.
RONALD REAGAN, Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 1985
Read my lips: no new taxes.
GEORGE H. W. BUSH, RNC acceptance speech, August 18, 1988
The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.
JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES, attributed, The Harvest of a Quiet Eye
The legal right of a taxpayer to decrease the amount of what otherwise would be his taxes, or altogether to avoid them, by means which the law permits, cannot be doubted.
GEORGE SUTHERLAND, Gregory v. Helvering, 1934
Some taxpayers close their eyes, some stop their ears, some shut their mouths, but all pay through the nose.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
Every advantage has its tax.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, "Compensation", Essays
The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison wall.
DENIS HEALEY, attributed, British Tax Review, 1989
One difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.
WILL ROGERS, attributed, Total Encyclopedia of Living Quotations
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Everybody's Political What's What?
Taxes are how we pool our money for public health and safety, infrastructure, research, and services--from the development of vaccines and the Internet to public schools and universities, transportation, courts, police, parks, and safe drinking water.
HOLLY SKLAR, Common Dreams, April 17, 2006
We've got a tax code that is encouraging flight of jobs and outsourcing. And that's why we've specifically recommended ... that Congress change our tax code so that we stop giving tax breaks to companies that are moving to Mexico and China and other places, and start putting those tax breaks into companies that are investing here in the United States.
BARACK OBAMA, debate, October 12, 2004
If your biggest tax deduction was bail money, you might be a redneck.
JEFF FOXWORTHY, stand-up routine
At tax time, it helps to remember that if your tax obligation has increased from the previous year, it's usually because you're enjoying more income. That's a situation to which most of us aspire. Higher taxes are a price that we pay for greater success.
RICHARD CARLSON, The Don't Sweat Guide to Taxes
Taxes are the lifeblood of government and no taxpayer should be permitted to escape the payment of his just share of the burden of contributing thereto.
ARTHUR T. VANDERBILT, "Appeal of N.Y. State Realty & Terminal Company", 1956
If you master your destiny, you will find out there is a destiny tax.
JOSEPH BONKOWSKI, Quote Me