Quotes on Taxes

  • The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that operates with perfect equality.
    Andrew Jackson
  • I donít know of a single foreign product that enters this country untaxed, except the answer to prayer.
    Mark Twain
  • The most damaging thing you can do to any businessman in America is to keep him in doubt, and to keep him guessing on what our tax policy is.
    President Lyndon B. Johnson
  • We have allowed taxes and inflation to rob us of our earnings and savings.
    President Ronald W. Reagan, in his second Inaugural Address, January 21, 1985
  • The government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect.
    Sam Ewing
  • The taxing power of government must be used to provide revenues for legitimate government purposes.
    President Ronald W. Reagan
  • It seems that every time the Congress sets out to trim the budget, the knife slips and trims the taxpayer instead.
  • It might be demonstrated that the most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome.
    Alexander Hamilton, under the nom de plume ďPlublius,Ē in Federalist Paper No. 35
  • Taxation is, in fact, the most difficult function of government and that against which their citizens are most apt to be refractory.
    Thomas Jefferson
  • It took an IRS accountant to catch Al Capone.
    IRS recruiting poster
  • Governments likely to confiscate wealth are unlikely to find much wealth to confiscate in the long run.
    Thomas Sowell
  • Bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.
    Oscar Wilde
  • A fine is a tax for doing something wrong. A tax is a fine for doing something right.
  • The best measure of a manís honesty isnít his income tax return. Itís the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
    Arthur C. Clarke
  • We must act now to protect future generations from governmentís desire to spend its citizensí money and tax them into servitude when the bills come due.
    President Ronald W. Reagan
  • When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.
  • Income taxes are the most imaginative fiction written today.
    Herman Wouk
  • The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
    Albert Einstein
  • It is time to reawaken this industrial giant, to get government back within its means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden.
    President Ronald W. Reagan
  • There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.
    Robert Heinlein
  • If you want more of something, subsidize it; if you want less, tax it.
    Economic Adage
  • These days it is hard to believe that America was founded to avoid high taxation.
  • No manís property is safe while Congress is in session.
    Mark Twain
  • [The Federal income tax system is] a disgrace to the human race.
    President Jimmy Carter
  • The power to tax the exercise of a privilege is the power to control or suppress its enjoyment.
    William O. Douglas
  • And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
    New Testament
  • If Patrick Henry thought taxation without representation was bad, he should see how bad it is with representation.
    The Old Farmerís Almanac

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