Taxation Quotes

 Alexander Hamilton originated the put and take system in our national treasury: the taxpayers put it in, and the politicians take it out. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss. 
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Nationality: American
b. 7 July 1907  - d. 8 May 1988
  
 Born Free ...Taxed to Death 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent. 
Author: Jonathan Swift
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 November 1667  - d. 19 October 1745
  
 Clinton vetoed the repeal of the marriage tax. I guess Bill figures if he's married, then we all have to suffer. 
Author: Jay Leno
Nationality: American
b. 28 April 1950
  
 Corporal Cue Ball Carville will be rolling into battle against Newt Gingrich... Newt Gingrich is a sanctioned, certified, adjudicated and confessed liar and tax cheat. 
Author: James Carville
Nationality: American
b. 25 October 1944
  
 Death and taxes and childbirth. There's never any convenient time for any of them. 
Author: Margaret Mitchell
Nationality: American
b. 08 November 1900  - d. 16 August 1949
  
 Death and taxes are inevitable. 
Author: Thomas C. Haliburton
Nationality: Canadian
b. 17 December 1796  - d. 27 August 1865
  
 Every advantage has its tax. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt. 
Author: George Sewell
Nationality: English
b. 31 August 1924  - d. 1 April 2007
  
 For every benefit you receive a tax is levied. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 Governments last as long as the under taxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed. 
Author: Bernard Berenson
Nationality: American
b. 26 June 1865  - d. 6 October 1959
  
 He is a man of thirty-five, but looks fifty. He is bald, has varicose veins and wears spectacles, or would wear them if his only pair were not chronically lost. If things are normal with him, he will be suffering from malnutrition, but if he has recently had a lucky streak, he will be suffering from a hangover. At present it is half past eleven in the morning, and according to his schedule he should have started work two hours ago; but even if he had made any serious effort to start he would have been frustrated by the almost continuous ringing of the telephone bell, the yells of the baby, the rattle of an electric drill out in the street, and the heavy boots of his creditors clumping up the stairs. The most recent interruption was the arrival of the second post, which brought him two circulars and an income tax demand printed in red. Needless to say this person is a writer. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 He who builds a better mousetrap these days runs into material shortages, patent-infringement suits, work stoppages, collusive bidding, discount discrimination - and taxes. 
Author: H. E. Martz
Nationality: English   
 I didn't see why the schoolmaster should be taxed to support the priest, and not the priest the schoolmaster. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 I have some doubt whether we could ever get a totally non-political approach to tax. 
Author: John Howard
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 July 1939
  
 I make a fortune from criticising the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 I think of lotteries as a tax on the mathematically challenged. 
Author: Roger Jones
Nationality: American   
 I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent. 
Author: Dame Edith Sitwell
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1887  - d. 9 December 1964
  
 I wouldn't mind paying taxes - if I knew they were going to a friendly country. 
Author: Dick Gregory
Nationality: African-American
b. 12 October 1932
  
 I'm proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money. 
Author: Arthur Godfrey
Nationality: American
b. 31 August 1903  - d. 16 March 1983
  
 Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments. If we can get rid of the former, we may easily bear the latter. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 If Patrick Henry thought that taxation without representation was bad, he should see how bad it is with representation. 
Tome: Old Farmer's Almanac
Nationality: American   
 If Thomas Jefferson thought taxation without representation was bad, he should see how it is with representation. 
Author: Rush Limbaugh
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 1951
  
 In how many lives does love really play a dominant part? The average taxpayer is no more capable of the grand passion than of a grand opera. 
Author: Israel Zangwill
Nationality: English
b. 21 January 1864  - d. 1 August 1926
  
 In the future they'll be taxing you by the atom. 
Author: Tony Follari
Nationality: New Zealander   
 In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Income Tax has made more liars out of the American people than Golf. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today. 
Author: Herman Wouk
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1915
  
 Indoors or out, no one relaxes in March, that month of wind and taxes, the wind will presently disappear, the taxes last us all the year. 
Author: Ogden Nash
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1902  - d. 19 May 1971
  
 Industry need not wish, and he that lives upon hopes will die fasting. There are no gains without pains. He that hath a trade hath an estate, and he that hath a calling hath an office of profit and honor; but then the trade must be worked at and the calling followed, or neither the estate nor the office will enable us to pay our taxes. If we are industrious, we shall never starve; for at the workingman's house hunger looks in, but dares not enter. Nor will the bailiff or the constable enter, for industry pays debts, while idleness and neglect increase them. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 It used to be that death and taxes alone were inevitable. Now there's shipping and handling. 
Author: Bert Murray
Nationality: English
b. 22 December 1942
  
 It was as true, said Mr. Barkis... as taxes is. And nothing's truer than them. 
Author: Charles Dickens
Nationality: English
b. 7 February 1812  - d. 9 June 1870
  
 Justice is a commodity which in a more or less adulterated condition the State sells to the citizen as a reward for his allegiance, taxes and personal service. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 Liberal Democrats are inexorably opposed to tax cuts, because tax cuts give people more power, and take away from the role of government. 
Author: Rush Limbaugh
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 1951
  
 Lotteries, a tax upon imbeciles. 
Author: Conte di Cavour Camillo Benso
Nationality: Italian
b. 10 August 1810  - d. 7 June 1861
  
 More than ever before, Americans are suffering from back problems, back taxes, back rent, back auto payments. 
Author: Robert Orben
Nationality: American
b. 4 March 1927
  
 No taxation without respiration. 
Author: Bob Schaffer
Nationality: American
b. 24 July 1962
  
 Nothing in life is certain except death and taxes 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Nothing is certain but death and taxes. Of the two, taxes happen annually. 
Author: Joel Fox
Nationality: American   
 Nuclear physics is much easier than tax law. It's rational and always works the same way. 
Author: Jerold Rochwald
Nationality: American   
 Originality is unexplored territory.You get there by carrying a canoe - you can't take a taxi. 
Author: Alan Alda
Nationality: American
b. 28 January 1936
  
 Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Owning your own home is America's unique recipe for avoiding revolution and promoting pseudo-equality at the same time. To keep citizens puttering in their yards instead of sputtering on the barricades, the government has gladly deprived itself of billions in tax revenues by letting home ''owners'' deduct mortgage interest payments. 
Author: Florence King
Nationality: American
b. 05 January 1936
  
 Read my lips. No new taxes! 
Author: George H. W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 12 June 1924
  
 Talk about people who've lied to us about policy matters, you know, trading arms for hostages, or 'I won't raise your taxes' and those lies affect my life. Clinton's lie doesn't affect my life. 
Author: Eleanor Clift
Nationality: American
b. December 1940
  
 Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven't been taxed. 
Author: Art Buchwald
Nationality: American
b. December 1925
  
 Taxation without representation is tyranny. 
Author: James Otis
Nationality: American
b. 05 February 1725  - d. 23 May 1783
  
 Taxes are the sinews of the state. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least amount of hissing. 
Author: Jean-Baptiste Colbert
Nationality: French
b. 29 August 1619  - d. 6 September 1683
  
 The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward. 
Author: John Maynard Keynes
Nationality: British
b. 05 June 1883  - d. 21 April 1946
  
 The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale. 
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1917
  
 The chief deduction most people make from their income tax is that government costs too darned much. 
Author: Walt Streightiff
Nationality: English   
 The contented and economically comfortable have a very discriminating view of government. Nobody is ever indignant about bailing out failed banks and failed savings and loans associations. But when taxes must be paid for the lower middle class and poor, the government assumes an aspect of wickedness. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 The first thing that strikes a visitor to Paris is a taxi. 
Author: Fred Allen
Nationality: American
b. 31 May 1894  - d. 17 March 1956
  
 The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 The memory should be specially taxed in youth, since it is then that it is strongest and most tenacious. But in choosing the things that should be committed to memory the utmost care and forethought must be exercised; as lessons well learnt in youth are never forgotten. 
Author: Arthur Schopenhauer
Nationality: German
b. 22 February 1788  - d. 21 September 1860
  
 The nation ought to have a tax system which looks like someone designed it on purpose. 
Author: William Edward Simon
Nationality: American
b. 27 November 1927  - d. 3 June 2000
  
 The only imaginative fiction being written today is income tax returns. 
Author: Herman Wouk
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1915
  
 The only people helped by the death tax are lawyers, accountants, and IRS agents. 
Author: Bob Schaffer
Nationality: American
b. 24 July 1962
  
 The only way you can do that - decrease taxes, balance the budget, and increase military spending, is with mirrors, and that's what it would take. 
Author: John B. Anderson
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1922
  
 The road to hell is thick with taxicabs. 
Author: Don Herold
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1889  - d. 1 June 1966
  
 The seven deadly sins... food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven millstones from man's neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the millstones are lifted. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 The tax collector must love poor people-he's creating so many of them. 
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Nationality: American
b. 7 July 1907  - d. 8 May 1988
  
 The tax which will be paid for education is not more than the thousand part of what will be paid if we leave the people in ignorance. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The thing generally raised on city land is taxes. 
Author: Charles Dudley Warner
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1829  - d. 20 October 1900
  
 The trouble with an income tax reduction is that it will stimulate business just enough to put everybody in a higher tax bracket. 
Author: Harold Coffin
Nationality: American   
 The United States is the only country where it takes more brains to figure your tax than to earn the money to pay it. 
Author: Edward J. Gurney
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 1914  - d. 14 May 1996
  
 The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality. 
Author: Andrew Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 15 March 1767  - d. 8 June 1845
  
 There is a difference between a tax collector and a taxidermist. The taxidermist leaves the hide. 
Author: Mortimer Caplan
Nationality: American   
 There is only one institution that can arrogate to itself the power legally to trade by means of rubber checks: the government. And it is the only institution that can mortgage your future without your knowledge or consent: government securities (and paper money) are promissory notes on future tax receipts, i.e. on your future production. 
Author: Ayn Rand
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1905  - d. 6 March 1982
  
 There will always be death and taxes; however, death doesn't get worse every year. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 There's nothing wrong with the younger generation that becoming taxpayers won't cure. 
Author: Dan Bennett
Nationality: American   
 There's only one kind of tax that would please everybody one that nobody but the other guy has to pay. 
Author: Earl Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 3 May 1907  - d. 16 January 1987
  
 Thinking is one thing no one has ever been able to tax. 
Author: Charles F. Kettering
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1876  - d. 24 November 1958
  
 To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down. 
Author: Robert Orben
Nationality: American
b. 4 March 1927
  
 We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 We now in the United States have more security guards for the rich than we have police services for the poor districts. If you're looking for personal security, far better to move to the suburbs than to pay taxes in New York. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 When everybody has got money they cut taxes, and when they're broke they raise 'em. That's statesmanship of the highest order. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 When it comes to finances, remember that there are no withholding taxes on the wages of sin. 
Author: Mae West
Nationality: American
b. 17 August 1892  - d. 22 November 1980
  
 When it shall be said in any country in the world, 'My poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am a friend of its happiness' - when these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and its government. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents? 
Author: Peg Bracken
Nationality: American
b. 25 February 1918  - d. 20 October 2007
  
 Will some reporter, or some Republican on the Sunday shows, please ask why tax cuts raid the non-existent Social Security Trust Fund but all the Democrats' new spending doesn't? Will someone please ask that? 
Author: Rush Limbaugh
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 1951
  
 You can't escape death or taxes. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Youth today must be strong, unafraid, and a better taxpayer than its father. 
Author: H. V. Wade
Nationality: American
b. December 1914  - d.  December 2001
  
 In levying taxes and in shearing sheep it is well to stop when you get down to the skin. 
Author: Austin O'Malley
Nationality: American
b. December 1858  - d.  December 1932
  
 In the lexicon of the political class, the word "sacrifice" means that the citizens are supposed to mail even more of their income to Washington so that the political class will not have to sacrifice the pleasure of spending it. 
Author: George Will
Nationality: American
b. 04 May 1941
  
 I like to say I'm more conservative than Goldwater. He just wanted to turn the clock back to when there was no income tax. 
Author: Pete Seeger
Nationality: American
b. December 1919
  
 Something got screwed up in terms of your priorities if you think it's more important to get rid of the dividend tax than it is to take care of 11 million kids. 
Author: David S. Broder
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1929
  
 No nice men are good at getting taxis. 
Author: Katharine Elizabeth Whitehorn
Nationality: British
b. December 1928
  
 Treat each federal dollar as if it was hard earned; it was - by a taxpayer. 
Author: Donald Henry Rumsfeld
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1932
  
 Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price of goods that they cannot do without. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich. 
Author: Nicolas Chamfort
Nationality: French
b. 6 April 1741  - d. 13 April 1794
  
 Taxation: how the sheep are shorn. 
Author: Edward Abbey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1927  - d. 14 March 1989
  
 That's why so many stars are making pictures in Europe today. The tax guys are making thieves out of everybody. 
Author: Bud Abbott
Nationality: American
b. 2 October 1897  - d. 24 April 1974
  
 I just finished my income tax forms. Who says you can't get wounded by a blank? 
Author: Henny Youngman
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1906  - d. 24 February 1998
  
 If one generation is expected to carry an excessive burden on behalf of another, it will seek by every means to avoid it. It will either demand that past promises are broken, or it will not work, or it will not pay taxes, or the most talented people will leave. Socialist governments which have tried to tax 'till the pips squeak' have ample experience of that. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 The right-of-centre parties still often compete with left-of-centre ones to proclaim their attachment to all the main programmes of spending, particularly spending on social services of one kind or another. But this is foolish as well as muddled. It is foolish because left-of-centre parties will always be able to outbid right-of-centre ones in this auction - after all, that is why they are on the left in the first place. The muddle arises because once we concede that public spending and taxation are a necessary evil we have lost sight of the core values of freedom. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 But I always seem to finish a book and then think, oh God, I've got to pay a tax bill, so I'd better write a novel, so I tend not to stop and learn word processing. 
Author: Jilly Cooper
Nationality: English
b. 21 February 1937
  
 Many of you are well enough off that the tax cuts may have helped you. We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. 
Author: Hilary Clinton
Nationality: American
b. 26 October 1947
  
 The American taxpayer should not be treated more shabbily than debtors from other nations and we should be encouraging other nations to help rebuild Iraq's economy. 
Author: Hilary Clinton
Nationality: American
b. 26 October 1947
  
 Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood! 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 My money goes to my agent, then to my accountant and from him to the tax man. 
Author: Glenda Jackson
Nationality: British
b. 9 May 1936
  
 On my income tax 1040 it says "Check this box if you are blind." I wanted to put a check mark about three inches away. 
Author: Tom Lehrer
Nationality: American
b. 9 April 1928
  
 The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 The effect of the religious freedom Amendment to our Constitution was to take every form of propagation of religion out of the realm of things which could directly or indirectly be made public business, and thereby be supported in whole or in part at taxpayers' expense. That is a difference which the Constitution sets up between religion and almost every other subject matter of legislation, a difference which goes to the very root of religious freedom. This freedom was first in the Bill of Rights because it was first in the forefathers' minds; it was set forth in absolute terms, and its strength is its rigidity. It was intended not only to keep the states' hands out of religion, but to keep religion's hands off the state, and, above all, to keep bitter religious controversy out of public life by denying to every denomination any advantage from getting control of public policy or the public purse. 
Author: Robert H. Jackson
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1954
  
 For if our trade is taxed, why not our lands? Why not the produce of our lands and everything we possess or make use of? This we apprehend annihilates our charter right to govern and tax ourselves. It strikes at our British privileges, which as we have never forfeited them. 
Author: Samuel Adams
Nationality: American
b. 27 September 1722  - d. 2 October 1803
  
 All acts made by any power whatever, other than the general assembly of this province, imposing taxes on the inhabitants, are infringements of our inherent and unalienable rights as men and British subjects, and render void the most valuable declarations of our charter. 
Author: Samuel Adams
Nationality: American
b. 27 September 1722  - d. 2 October 1803
  
 In the center of town the streets should become buildings. This should be interplayed with a sense of movement which does not tax local streets for non-local traffic. There should be a system of viaducts which encase an area which can reclaim the local streets for their own use, and it should be made so this viaduct has a ground floor of shops and usable area. A model which I did for the Graham Foundation recently, and which I presented to Mr. Entenza, showed the scheme. 
Author: Louis Kahn
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1901  - d. 17 March 1974
  
 My grandfather gave me this watch...a few minutes before he died...for 20 bucks...plus tax! 
Author: Victor Borge
Nationality: American
b. 3 January 1909  - d. 23 December 2000
  
 In order to fix Social Security, we must restructure it so that we continue to provide for our Nation's seniors that are approaching retirement age, but allow for younger taxpayers to invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in private accounts. 
Author: Herman Cain
Nationality: American
b. 13 December 1945
  
 Bush is giving the rich a tax cut instead of putting that cut in the pockets of working people. 
Author: Carol Elizabeth Moseley-Braun
Nationality: American
b. 16 August 1947
  
 Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 I am not evading tax in any way, shape or form. Now, of course I am minimizing my tax and if anybody in this country doesn't minimize their tax they want their heads read because as a government I can tell you you're not spending it that well that we should be donating extra. 
Author: Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 December 1937  - d. 26 December 2005
  
 I've already given you the answer on this subject, I have told you that I pay whatever tax I am required to pay under the law, not a penny more, not a penny less, and the suggestion that I am trying to evade tax, which is what you're putting forward, I find highly offensive and I don't intend to cooperate with you in the blackening of my character. 
Author: Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 December 1937  - d. 26 December 2005
  
 There is nothing sinister in so arranging one's affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. 
Author: Learned Hand
Nationality: American
b. 27 January 1872  - d. 18 August 1961
  
 Any one may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes. 
Author: Learned Hand
Nationality: American
b. 27 January 1872  - d. 18 August 1961
  
 Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society. 
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 8 March 1841  - d. 6 March 1935
  
 The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail.  
Author: John Wesley Powell
Nationality: American
b. 24 March 1834  - d. 23 September 1902
  
 To you taxpayers out there, let me say this: Make sure you file your tax return on time! And remember that, even though income taxes can be a 'pain in the neck,' the folks at the IRS are regular people just like you, except that they can destroy your life. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 We should enact an 'e' tax. Government agents would roam the country looking for stores whose names contained any word that ended in an unnecessary 'e,' such as 'shoppe' or 'olde,' and the owners of these stores would be taxed at a flat rate of $50,000 per year per 'e.' We should also consider an additional $50,000 'ye' tax, so that the owner of a store called 'Ye Olde Shoppe' would have to fork over $150,000 a year. In extreme cases, such as 'Ye Olde Barne Shoppe,' the owner would simply be taken outside and shot. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 It seems to me that this is theoretically right, for whatever the question under discussion - whether religious, philosophical, political, or economic; whether it concerns prosperity, morality, equality, right, justice, progress, responsibility, cooperation, property, labor, trade, capital, wages, taxes, population, finance, or government - at whatever point on the scientific horizon I begin my researches, I invariably reach this one conclusion: The solution to the problems of human relationships is to be found in liberty. 
Author: Frederic Bastiat
Nationality: French
b. 30 June 1801  - d. 24 December 1850
  
 I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 Inflation is the one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 The most important ways in which I think the Internet will affect the big issue is that it will make it more difficult for government to collect taxes. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 I don't want to walk out of here appearing to be a philanthropist. I expect World Series Cricket will reach the break-even point quite quickly and, after that, I'm sure we'll make money. I think the most we can lose this year is $2 million. So we take a loss of $2 million - so what? I could't buy all that top television time, 300 hours of it, for $1 million, so that cuts the loss to a million. After tax, it's $500, 000 - am I going to suffer apoplexy at night worrying about half a million dollars? 
Author: Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 December 1937  - d. 26 December 2005
  
 After all, what is your host's purpose in having a party? Surely not for you to enjoy yourself; if that were their sole purpose, they'd have simply sent champagne and women over to your place by taxi. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 Once upon a time, government budgets were balanced, our money was sound, the streets were safe, and taxes imposed by all levels of government took less than 10% of our income. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 The best thing we can do for family values is to repeal the income tax. Then families will have the resources they need to implement their own values -- and not those of the politicians. With the income tax gone, families will no longer be forced to have two breadwinners by necessity. Children will be raised better, family values will predominate, and crime will diminish. If your local school indoctrinates your child with values that are alien to you, you'll have the money to buy a private education. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 The income tax has destroyed the concept of financial privacy. It has demolished the idea that a man's home is his castle. It has provided unlimited funding for politicians to wreck lives and property. It has forced one-earner families to become two-earner households, leading to decreased parental supervision of children; loss of family values, and increased crime, promiscuity and drug use. So long as the government has the power to invade our lives, rummage through our records, and take what it wants from our income, we will have only as much freedom and take-home pay as the politicians condescend to let us have. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 Bats have no bankers and they do not drink and cannot be arrested and pay no tax and, in general, bats have it made. 
Author: John Berryman
Nationality: American
b. 25 October 1914  - d. 7 January 1972
  
 Nothing is so well calculated to produce a death-like torpor in the country as an extended system of taxation and a great national debt. 
Author: William Cobbett
Nationality: English
b. 9 March 1763  - d. 18 June 1835
  
 Tax dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good - things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not. 
Author: Sarah Palin
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1964
  
 If you drive a car, I'll tax the street, If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat, If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat, If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet. Taxman. 'Cos I'm the Taxman, Yeah, I'm the Taxman. 
Collaboration: The Beatles
Nationality: British  - d.  December 1970   
 The only two certainties in life are death and taxes." - Mark Twain 
Author: Famous Misquotations
Nationality: British   
 Leaving sex to the feminists is like letting your dog vacation at the taxidermist. 
Author: Camille Paglia
Nationality: American
b. 2 April 1947
  
 Between March 1983 and March 1996 the Hawke/Keating government floated the currency, deregulated the financial system, commenced the privatisation process, substantially reduced protection, reformed the tax and welfare systems and commenced the process of deregulation of what had become perhaps the most centralised industrial relations system in the Western world. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 After March 1996, the Coalition - under the leadership of John Howard and Peter Costello - continued the reform process. The budget was moved from deficit to surplus and the independence of the Reserve Bank to determine monetary policy was formally acknowledged. There was more privatisation, more tax reform and substantial additional industrial relations deregulation - along with some reform in the areas of health and education and welfare plus long overdue reform of the waterfront. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Like the Menzies Government, the Howard Government has been very successful at elections. Yet the voice of the Howard-haters and Bush-haters and Blair-haters is still heard loudly in the humanities departments at the universities, within some professions, among many journalists and overwhelmingly at the various taxpayer subsidised literary festivals or so-called festivals of ideas (which are all too frequently festivals of one leftist idea). In other words, the left still prevails within many of Australia's key non-government institutions. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Mainstream Australians" were subject to "a type of reverse racism, by those who promote political correctness and those who control the various taxpayer funded `industries' that flourish in our society servicing Aboriginals, multiculturalists and a host of other minority groups. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 May it please your honor, I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty. All the stock in trade I possess is a $10,000 debt, incurred by publishing my paper - The Revolution - four years ago, the sole object of which was to educate all women to do precisely as I have done, rebel against your man-made, unjust, unconstitutional forms of law, that tax, fine, imprison and hang women, while they deny them the right of representation in the government; and I shall work on with might and main to pay every dollar of that honest debt, but not a penny shall go to this unjust claim. And I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old revolutionary maxim, that resistance to tyranny is obedience to God. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 If it is the duty of the State to educate, it is the duty of the State also to bear the burden of education, namely, the taxation out of which education is provided. 
Author: Edmund Barton
Nationality: Australian
b. 18 January 1849  - d. 7 January 1920
  
 To say that people would cease to come to California if they would have to pay more taxes is to underestimate the advantages of being in California - mightily. 
Author: Warren Beatty
Nationality: American
b. 30 March 1937
  
 A lot of girls annoy me who go to university - one girl told me she was going to Oxford because it was something to do between leaving school and getting married. And I've got to pay for that being an income tax payer. 
Author: Jeffrey Bernard
Nationality: British
b. 27 May 1932  - d. 4 September 1997
  
 My father has always held out Scientology and auditing to be based purely on science and not on religious "belief" or faith. We regularly promised and distributed publications with "scientific guarantees". This was and has always been common practice. My father and I created a "religious front" only for tax purposes and legal protection 'from fraud Claims'. We almost always told nearly everyone that Scientology was really science, not a religion, but that the religious front was created to deal with the government. 
Author: Ronald DeWolf
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1934
  
 I told the Inland Revenue I didn't owe them a penny because I lived near the seaside. 
Author: Ken Arthur Dodd
Nationality: English
b. December 1927
  
 When a company gives something of value to its employees in return for their services, it is clearly a compensation expense. And if expenses don't belong in the earnings statement, where in the world do they belong? 
Author: Warren Buffett
Nationality: American
b. December 1930
  
 Do you want Australian tax exemptions to be supporting an organisation that coerces its followers into having abortions? Do you want to be supporting an organisation that defrauds, that blackmails, that falsely imprisons? Because on the balance of evidence provided by victims of Scientology you probably are. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 The bottom line is more tax money is going to be needed. Just how much will be the primary issue on the agenda when Congressional leaders meet with the President later today, Wednesday, May the 9th, 1990. And good morning, welcome to Today. It’s a Wednesday morning, a day when the budget picture, frankly, seems gloomier than ever. It now seems the time has come to pay the fiddler for our costly dance of the Reagan years. 
Author: Bryant Charles Gumbel
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1948
  
 You pay when you wash, not when you watch. 
Author: George Gerbner
Nationality: American
b. 08 August 1919  - d. 24 December 2005
  
 A handful of production companies create the bulk of the programs and sell them to broadcasters, not to viewers. The cheapest and least offensive programming is the most profitable. Costs of such programming, like taxation, are borne by all, whether or not they use the products advertised. The television "tax levy" on an average family in l980 ranged from $80 in Atlanta to $29 in Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Pa. 
Author: George Gerbner
Nationality: American
b. 08 August 1919  - d. 24 December 2005
  




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