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Taxes

  • Father was the most unreconciled taxpayer I ever knew.

  • Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents?

  • Is there a phrase in the English language more fraught with menace than a tax audit?

  • Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them!

  • [I] wish that the land-tax went a little more according to situation than it does. 'Tis really ridiculous, how one has to pay five times as much as another, without any reason that ever I heard tell.

  • There are always principles to be depended upon in this matter of taxation ... Amidst the inconsistent, the bewildering representations offered, a certain number must be in accordance with true principles ...

  • When it comes to finances, remember that there are no withholding taxes on the wages of sin.

  • ... we'll have to reclaim the word 'taxes.' Why has it become a synonym for 'evil'? I understand that no one likes to pay good money for nothing. But fire and police protection aren't nothing. ... Roads, bridges, airports, and mass transit systems aren't nothing. National parks, clean air, and clear water aren't nothing. A safe food supply, functioning schools with well-trained teachers, and well-equipped hospitals aren't vaporous apparitions either.

  • There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there, good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate.

  • I am humbly following in your footsteps and having a row with the Government over the iniquity of the Marriage Tax in the form of supertax ... our incomes being added together we are liable for supertax which we are refusing to pay on the grounds of morality as I consider in a Christian country it is an immoral and outrageous act to tax me because I am living in Holy matrimony instead of as my husband's mistress.

  • How many are dying / from the taxes I've paid / with my tired hands?

  • If all the church property in this country were taxed, in the same ratio poor widows are to day, we would soon roll off the national debt.

    • Elizabeth Cady Stanton,
    • 1877, in Annie Laurie Gaylor, ed., Women Without Superstition "No Gods--No Masters": The Collected Writings of Women Freethinkers of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries ()
  • We don't pay taxes; the little people pay taxes.

  • The Income-Tax presses more heavily on the possessors of small incomes than on the possessors of large incomes.

  • When two working people decide to marry, their federal income tax is usually increased. As soon as one spouse earns at least 20 percent of a married couple's total income, the couple pays a 'marriage tax.' ... The United States is the only major industrialized nation in the free world in which the tax cost of the second [married] earner's entry into the work force is higher than that of the first. On one hand, our government's social policy is to help working women earn equal salaries to those of men, but on the other we have a tax structure that penalizes them when they do so.

  • We simply cannot continue to live with a [tax] system which has so many inequities. It must be changed in such a way that each of us pays a fair share of the burden. It has been said that one man's loophole is another man's livelihood. Even if this is true, it certainly is not fair, because the loophole-livelihood of those who are reaping undeserved benefits can be the economic noose of those who are paying more than they should.

  • I think I have the right to know what Steve Forbes paid in taxes — I don't think there should be a law. I think there should be a presumption. I wouldn't vote for a guy who wouldn't reveal what he paid in taxes.

    • Esther Dyson,
    • "On the Frontier: An Interview with Esther Dyson," in Reason ()
  • ... there are basically two kinds of taxpayers — those who feel comfortable only if they record deductions as they occur during the year and those who prefer to ignore the entire issue until the fear of the penalty for late payment is greater than their willingness to procrastiate.

  • Keeping your hard-earned dollars from taking a one-way trip to Washington is indeed a challenge ... and one worthy of your most careful attention. Few other endeavors will add more to your net worth, since the only money you will ever have for investing and spending is what the government lets you keep.