"Congress thinks it is a lot easier to trim the taxpayers than expenses."
"It is the legal right of a taxpayer to decrease the amount of what otherwise would be his taxes,
or altogether avoid them, by any means which the law permits."
US TAX COURT
"Our tax code is so complicated, we've made it nearly impossible for even the Internal
Revenue Service to understand."
FORMER TREASURY SECRETARY PAUL O'NEILL
"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income
"There are two systems of taxation in our country: One for the informed and one for
JUDGE LEARNED HAND
"The United States is the only country where it takes more brains
to figure your taxes than to earn the money to pay it."
SENATOR EDWARD J GURNEY (FLORIDA 1969-1974)
"The way I look at this, we essentially have a tax system that's
held together by chewing gum and chicken wire."
ASSISTANT TREASURY SECRETARY FOR TAX POLICY PAMELA F
"A friend is one who takes you to lunch even if you're not tax
"If Patrick Henry thought that taxation without representation
was bad, he should see how bad it is with representation."
fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well."
"The tax code
last year included 2.8 million words. The Holy Bible itself has only about 775,000 words. Obviously, God did not
need to issue such copious instructions for living as we currently have for complying with tax laws."
SENATOR ORRIN HATCH
"All taxes discourage something. Why not discourage bad
things like pollution rather than good things like working or investments?"
FORMER TREASURY SECRETARY LAWRENCE SUMMERS
"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized
"The taxing power of government must be used to provide revenues
for legitimate government purposes. It must not be used to regulate the economy or bring about social change."
RONALD REAGAN (2/18/1981 State of the Union message)
"When Barbary pirates demand a fee for
allowing you to do business, it's called 'tribute money'. When the Mafia demands a fee for allowing you to do business,
it's called 'the protection racket'. When the state demands a fee for allowing you to do business, it's called 'income
"A tax loophole is something that benefits the other guy.
If it benefits you it is tax reform."
SENATOR RUSSELL B LONG
"Taxation with representation ain't so hot either."
"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."
"I want to find out who this FICA guy is and how come he's taking
so much of my money."
"It would be nice if we call all pay our taxes with a smile,
but normally cash is required."
"The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf."
" The most dangerous 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."
FORMER PRESIDENT LYNDON B JOHNSON
"Who is the figure behind every great man, the individual who knows his ultimate secrets?
A father confessor? Hell no, the tax expert."
"Tax his cow, tax his goat;
Tax his pants, tax his coat.
Tax his crops, tax his work;
Tax his tie, tax his shirt.
Tax his chew, and tax his smoke.
Teach him taxes are no joke.
Tax his oil, tax his gas;
Tax his notes, tax his cash.
Put these workds upon his tomb:
'Taxes drove me to my doom.'
When he's gone, he can't relax.
He'll have to pay an inheritance tax!"