Taxation Quotes

The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison wall.

By Denis Healey
The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf. Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you don't know when it's through if you are a crook or a martyr.

By Will Rogers
The mounting burden of taxation not only undermines individual incentives to increased work and earnings, but in a score of ways discourages capital accumulation and distorts, unbalances, and shrinks production. Total real wealth and income is made smaller than it would otherwise be. On net balance there is more poverty rather than less.

By Henry Hazlitt
The officers of Congress, may come upon you now, fortified with all the terrors of paramount federal authority. Excisemen taxmen may come in multitudes; for the limitation of their numbers no man knows. They may, unless the general government be restrained ... go into your cellars and rooms, and search, ransack, and measure, everything you eat, drink, and wear.

By Patrick Henry
The tax collector must love poor people. He is creating so many of them.

By Bill Vaughan
The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality.

By Andrew Jackson
There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program -- your tax-dollar will go further.

By Wernher Von Braun
There is one difference between a tax collector and a taxidermist -- the taxidermist leaves the hide.

By Mortimer Caplan
We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.

By Leona Helmsley
When all is lost, ask the I.R.S. -- they'll find something.

By Doug Horton
Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents.

By Peg Bracken
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 before.

By Art Buchwald
Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new compositions, any bungler can add to the old.

By Edmund Burke
A fool and his money are soon parted. The rest of us wait for tax time.

By Source Unknown
Anyone may so 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.

By Judge Learned Hand
Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them!

By Margaret Mitchell
Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you do not know when it is through if you are a crook or a martyr.

By Will Rogers
Government lasts as long as the under-taxed can defend themselves against the over-taxed.

By Bernard Berenson
If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, and give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; And the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they do now, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains around the necks of our fellow sufferers; And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third, and so on 'til the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering ... And the forehorse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.

By Thomas Jefferson
In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

By Voltaire (Fran├žois-Marie Arouet)
In levying taxes and in shearing sheep it is well to stop when you get down to the skin.

By Austin O'Malley
Income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf.

By Will Rogers
Indoors or out, no one relaxes In March, that month of wind and taxes, The wind will presently disappear, The taxes last us all year.

By Ogden Nash
It can only be by blinding the understanding of man, and making him believe that government is some wonderful mysterious thing, that excessive revenues are obtained. Monarchy is well calculated to ensure this end. It is the popery of government; a thing kept up to amuse the ignorant, and quiet them into taxes.

By Thomas Paine
It is getting harder and harder to support the government in the style to which it has become accustomed.

By Source Unknown
It is important to remember that government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action. The funds that a government spends for whatever purposes are levied by taxation. And taxes are paid because the taxpayers are afraid of offering resistance to the tax gatherers. They know that any disobedience or resistance is hopeless. As long as this is the state of affairs, the government is able to collect the money that it wants to spend. Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

By Ludwig von Mises
It is the duty of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not to skin them.

By Tiberius Caesar
It's getting so that children have to be educated to realize that Damn and Taxes: are two separate words.

By Source Unknown
Milk the cow, but do not pull off the udder.

By Proverb
Next to being shot at and missed, nothing is quite as satisfying as an income tax refund.

By F. J. Raymond
No matter how bad a child is, he is still good for a tax deduction.

By Proverb
No statesmen ever will find it worth his pains, to tax our labor and excise our brain.

By Randolph Churchill
Once Confucius was walking on the mountains and he came across a woman weeping by a grave. He asked the woman what here sorrow was, and she replied, We are a family of hunters. My father was eaten by a tiger. My husband was bitten by a tiger and died. And now my only son! Why don't you move down and live in the valley? Why do you continue to live up here? asked Confucius. And the woman replied, But sir, there are no tax collectors here! Confucius added to his disciples, You see, a bad government is more to be feared than tigers.

By Lin Yutang
Only little people pay taxes.

By Leona Helmsley
Our tax law is a 1, 598-page hydra-headed monster and I'm going to attack and attack and attack until I have ironed out every fault in it.

By Vivien Kellems
Read my lips: no new taxes.

By George Bush
I'm proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is -- I could be just as proud for half the money.

By Arthur Godfrey
Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.

By Herman Wouk
Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.

By Oscar Wilde
To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.

By Edmund Burke
The taxpayer -- that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.

By Ronald Reagan
The thing generally raised on city land is taxes.

By Charles Dudley Warner
The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.

By Will Rogers
The Income Tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.

By Will Rogers