Tax Quotes & Humor
When it comes to taxes, everyone has an opinion. These quotes and images reflect the opinions of their authors; their inclusion here is not an official Landmark Tax Group endorsement of the sentiments expressed.
“People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women.” – Unknown
“Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court Justice
“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
“The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government.” — James Madison, U.S. President
“I’ve filed a tax return every year since I was 13. The last decade has been about the lowest tax rate. It was tougher when I was selling shirts at Penny’s.” – Warren Buffett
“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
“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
“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
“Like mothers, taxes are often misunderstood, but seldom forgotten.” — Lord Bramwell, 19th Century English jurist
“Next to being shot at and missed, nothing is really quite as satisfying as an income tax refund.” — F. J. Raymond, humorist
A tax loophole is “something that benefits the other guy. If it benefits you, it is tax reform.”
— Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator
“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” — Albert Einstein, physicist
“Few of us ever test our powers of deduction, except when filling out an income tax form.”
— Laurence J. Peter, author
“Where there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.” — Plato
“Taxation with representation ain’t so hot either.” — Gerald Barzan, humorist
“Income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf.” — Will Rogers, humorist
IRS Tax Return from 1913 (click image to enlarge)
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