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If I were running the world I would have low corporate taxes, and get at the yearning for equality some other way, like consumption taxes.

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Taxation: how the sheep are shorn.


The current tax code is a daily mugging.
The power to tax is the power to destroy.
Taxation without representation is tyranny.
Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.
The thing generally raised on city land is taxes.
In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
The avoidance of tax may be lawful, but it is not yet a virtue.
Tax hikes are to markets what bacon grease is to human arteries.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

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The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.
To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.
Tax reform means, 'Don't tax you, don't tax me. Tax that fellow behind the tree.
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.


The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.
In levying taxes and in shearing sheep it is well to stop when you get down to the skin.
Time was when the average person could pay as he goes. Nowadays he has to pay as he comes and goes.


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


Taxes, after all, are the dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.
Nature, our father and mother,
gave us all we have got.
The state, our elder brother,
swipes the lot.


What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector?  The taxidermist takes only your skin.
When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.
I'm proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money.
In constitutional states, liberty is compensation for heavy taxes; in dictatorships, the substitute is light taxes.


There is no art which one government sooner learns of another than that of draining money from the pockets of the people.
Psychiatrists say that it isn't good for a man to keep too much to himself. The Internal Revenue Service certainly seems to agree.
The government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect.
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.
The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to procure the largest quantity of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing.
We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to secure the largest quantity of feathers with the least possible amount of "squealing."
Church tax exemption means that we all drop our money in the collection boxes, whether we go to church or not and whether we are interested in the church or not. It is systematic and complete robbery, from which none of us escapes.


Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.

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In terms of business mistakes that I've seen over a long lifetime, I would say that trying to minimize taxes too much is one of the great standard causes of really dumb mistakes. I see terrible mistakes from people being overly motivated by tax considerations. ... Anytime somebody offers you a tax shelter from here on in life, my advice would be don't buy it.