A tax loophole is "something that benefits the other guy. If it benefits you, it is tax reform.''
— Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator
“People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women.”
"Like mothers, taxes are often misunderstood, but seldom forgotten.'' — Lord Bramwell, 19th Century English jurist
When it comes to taxes, everyone has an opinion. These quotes reflect the opinions of their authors; their inclusion here is not an official IRS endorsement of the sentiments expressed.
"To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men." — Edmund Burke, 18th Century Irish political philosopher and British statesman
"No government can exist without taxation. This money must necessarily be levied on the people; and the grand art consists of levying so as not to oppress.'' — Frederick the Great, 18th Century Prussian king
"Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.'' — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court Justice
“I am proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is – I could be just as proud for half the money.” — Arthur Godfrey, entertainer
“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” — Albert Einstein, physicist
"The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.'' — Arthur C. Clarke, author
"The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government.'' — James Madison, U.S. President
"Next to being shot at and missed, nothing is really quite as satisfying as an income tax refund.” — F. J. Raymond, humorist
“Where there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.” — Plato
“Taxation with representation ain’t so hot either.” — Gerald Barzan, humorist
"Few of us ever test our powers of deduction, except when filling out an income tax form.''
— Laurence J. Peter, author
“Income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf.” — Will Rogers, humorist