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The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people. Andrew Johnson
Inflation is taxation without legislation. Milton Friedman
The power to tax is the power to destroy. John Marshall
The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes. Lao Tzu
The nation should have a tax system that looks like someone designed it on purpose. William E. Simon
A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it. Alexis de Tocqueville
The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality. Andrew Jackson
Is there any reason why the American people should be taxed to guarantee the debts of banks, any more than they should be taxed to guarantee the debts of other institutions, including merchants, the industries, and the mills of the country? Carter Glass
To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men. Edmund Burke
Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery. Calvin Coolidge
No taxation without respiration. Tom Feeney
I know that we can pay for it because we are going to make the millionaires pay for it. Hillary Clinton
The superrich should pay higher taxes in order to restore the inclusive society that I grew up in. Jeff Greene
No sheriff, royal official, or other person shall take horses or carts for transport from any free man, without his consent. Magna Carta (John Lackland)
Farmers are victims of a Jewish-controlled government and banking system, federal taxes are illegal and loans need not be repaid. Henry Lamont Beach
The income tax is the most regressive tax imaginable, allowing government to take first claim on our lives. The income tax assumes government owns us, as individuals, and has a sovereign claim to the fruits of our labor. Ronald E. Paul
It is supposed an undoubted right of Englishmen not to be taxed but by their own consent given through their representatives. Benjamin Franklin
So let’s give another big tax cut to the super-rich. That’ll teach bin Laden a lesson he won’t soon forget. Kurt Vonnegut
Never before in the history of civilization has there been a tax cut in time of war. Paul Krugman
I have been commanded by the king [Charles I] to adjourn and put no question to this house. John Finch
Tax reform is taking taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven't been taxed. Art Buchwald
Every government that exists -- or ever existed, or ever will exist -- is a kleptocracy, meaning "rule by thieves". Competing ideologies merely provide different excuses to separate the Productive Class from what they produce. L. Neil Smith
Those who have been most fortunate in amassing wealth in our country should return a portion to the nation, since in many ways they have benefitted the most from our American way of life. Lee Farris
A hateful tax levied upon commodities, and adjudged not by the common judges of property, but wretches by those to whom excise tax is paid. Samuel Johnson
To exempt the church from taxation is to pay part of the priest's salary. Robert G. Ingersoll
The rise of democracy was driven by the citizens' desire to escape from the paternalistic and arbitrary charity of those with money. They accomplished this by replacing charity with a fair, balanced, arm's-length system of public obligation. The principle tool of that obligation was taxation. John Ralston Saul
Taxes grow without rain. Jewish Proverb
Sound principles will not justify our taxing the industry of our fellow citizens to accumulate treasure for wars to happen we know not when, and which might not, perhaps, happen but from the temptations offered by that treasure. Thomas Jefferson
Other circumstances, combined with the increase of numbers of people, have produced an augmentation of revenue arising from consumption in a ratio far beyond that of population alone; and though the changes in foreign relations now taking place so desirably for the whole world may for a season affect this branch of revenue, yet weighing all probabilities of expense as well as of income, there is reasonable ground of confidence that we may now safely dispense with all the internal taxes…. the remaining sources of revenue will be sufficient to provide for the support of Government, to pay the interest of the public debts, and to discharge the principals within shorter periods than the laws or the general expectation had contemplated. Thomas Jefferson
Politicians and economists figure out an elaborate system of tax and economic incentives and then every body else figures out a way to beat it Steven Levitt
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration. United States Congress
What the government gives it must first take away. John Coleman
The decision involves nothing less than a surrender of the taxing power to the moneyed class Henry Billings Brown
Liberals believe government should take people's earnings to give to poor people. Conservatives disagree. They think government should confiscate people's earnings and give them to farmers and insolvent banks. Walter E. Williams
If you look at only one aspect of life [taxes], maybe you would prefer living elsewhere. Jean Chretien
I believe in the broadening of the base of taxation founded upon the ownership of wealth and the capacity to pay. National Union of Social Justice; Charles E. Coughlin
I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going. George Bernard Shaw
In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Here is the guarantee given by Amr ibn al-As to the inhabitants of Egypt for the safety of their persons, their religion, their goods, their churches, their crosses…The inhabitants of Egypt are required to pay a tax…If by the end of the annual flood the river has not reached the appointed height, the tax will be proportionately reduced. Amr Ibn Al-As
Every good Englishman, abstracted from all regard for America, must oppose … being taxed by the British Parliament. For my own part, I am convinced that no argument … can be produced in support of this right. Charles Lee
Arbitrary taxation is plunder authorized by law. Jonathan Shipley
The truth is that the fall of Napoleon is the hardest blow that our taxing system ever felt. It is now impossible to make people believe that immense fleets and armies are necessary. William Cobbett
During this glorious reign Ireland has seen 1,225,000 of her children die of famine, starved to death whilst the produce of her soil and their labor was eaten up by a vulture aristocracy, enforcing their rents by the bayonets of a hired assassin army in the pay of the –best of the English Queens’ James Connolly
Taxes now consume more than 38% of the average family's budget … Compare this to the plight of medieval serfs. They only had to give the lord of the manor one-third of their output -- and they were considered slaves. So what does that make us? Daniel J. Mitchell
The art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. Voltaire
The Abbaside Khalifa [Caliphate] collapsed because some ignorant advisors convinced successive Caliphs to impose dramatic increases in taxes to pay for mercenaries and purchase luxury imports. This stupidity killed industry and forced the most prominent and highly skilled craftsmen and traders to flee to India, and even to China Ibn Khaldoun
When the ruler abusively increases taxes, it discourages the crafts from applying their skills to the creation of new wealth Ibn Khaldoun
Lowering taxes without pain or costs were the ultimate Economic Utopia Pierre Andre Rinfret
Patrick Henry railed against taxation without representation. He should see it with representation. Saul Landau
A fiftieth part of (the increments on) cattle and gold may be taken by the king, and the eighth, sixth, or twelfth part of the crops. He may also take the sixth part of trees, meat, honey, clarified butter, perfumes, (medical) herbs, spices, flowers, roots, and fruit; Of leaves, pot-herbs, grass, objects made of cane, skins, of earthen vessels, and all (articles) made of stone. Manu
When you find out that 40 percent of the big corporate taxpayers paid less than $500 in tax, you begin to think something is amiss. Jim Elliot
Taxation Is Robbery Tax--Root of all Evil Frank Chodorov
We have a dangerous tendency. Roughly half the people in the country pay little of no taxes. These people who are disproportionate beneficiaries of government programs are in favor of more government programs. John Linder
Every time you exempt a portion of the economy from taxation you put pressure on the rest of the economy. John Linder
… the only security men can have for their political liberty, consists in their keeping their money in their own pockets, until they have assurances, perfectly satisfactory to themselves, that it will be used as they wish it to be used, for their benefit, and not for their injury Lysander Spooner
It is the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not to skin it. Anonymous
No taxation without representation. Anonymous
A penny for their thoughts. Anonymous
Danegeld Anonymous
Exchequer of the Jews Anonymous
No supply without redress of grievance. Anonymous
Tariff of Abominations Anonymous
There's tax when I phone and a tax when I wire. There's a tax on my heat, and my fireplace fire. There's a tax on my lights and a tax on my books And if I would fish, there's a tax on my hooks There's a tax on my hat and a tax on each shoe. There's a tax on my shirt and other things, too There's a tax on the oil I rub on my hair And a tax on the toothpaste I use with such care. I am taxed if I gargle, and if I get ill I'm taxed if I swallow a capsule or pill. I'm taxed when I plan and taxed when I talk And a tax on my sex makes me taxed when I walk. They tax all the money I earn, beg, or win. Then tax me aplenty for blowing it in. Anonymous
This is a free country but the upkeep is killing us. Anonymous
The poor are grass, They are fodder for horses; Work, poor man, so that we may eat. Anonymous
You can have a lord, you can have a king, but the man to fear is the tax collector. Anonymous
When we tax, we are dealing with fire, and without proper controls we can easily burn down everything we have built. Charles W. Adams
A power in the individuals who compose legislatures, to fish up wealth from the people, by nets of their own weaving ... will corrupt legislative, executive and judicial publick servants. John Adams
Farming out tax collection to private business is like substituting the Pinkertons for the FBI. Donald C. Alexander
We now have so many regulations that everyone is guilty of some [tax] violation Donald C. Alexander
We aren’t here to be loved. Bakhat Aliev
The only ill-treated groups in Canada I can see these days are hard-working Canadians of every socio-economic class who fork over a lot of their money to the Government. Barbara Amiel
We're not the bosses of taxpayers; they're ours. T. Coleman Andrews
My biggest objection to raising taxes is that it feeds the government addiction to spending money. Richard K. Armey
Americans value marriage. Washington taxes marriage. John Ashcroft
That which has made the greatest noise is a tax of three pence a pound upon tea; but your law of last June laid a tax of the same sum every year upon the Baptists in each parish ... And only because the Baptists at Middleboro have refused to pay that little tax, we hear that the first parish in said town have this fall voted to lay a greater tax upon us. All America are alarmed at the tea tax; though, if they please, they can avoid it by not buying the tea; but we have no such liberty. We must either pay the little tax, or else your people appear even in this time of extremity, determined to lay the great one upon us. Isaac Backus
We ought not to cripple them [the Australian States] using our power of direct taxation, unless under the stress of some great emergency; we ought to leave them free to enlarge their revenues by direct taxation [income and property taxes], seeing that they will have no power to resort to customs or excise duties if they want additional revenue. Edmund Barton
Governments last as long as the undertaxed can defend them against the overtaxed. Bernard Berenson
Tax the profiteers. Victor L. Berger
I want to pay taxes. I love this country. Irving Berlin
When is the last time we had a tax cut before going to war? Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Having businesses be tax collectors is riddled with peril. Kenneth Blackwell
To sell a new tax to the voters you have to be very specific about what it is being used for. James J. Blanchard
The 1st Amendment is about how we govern ourselves—not about how we titillate ourselves sexually. Robert Bork
Welfare for the wealthy simply can no longer be afforded. Michael Boskin
There never has been a new tax that met with public enthusiasm. John Bowis
... balancing competing goals of simplicity, efficiency and equity. William W. Bradley
Capital gains tax reduction is the ultimate now-nowism. William W. Bradley
The tax code was so complicated that it took so long to master it that one lost the will to reform it. William W. Bradley
In our rush to soak the rich make sure we don't drown the middle class. John Breaux
Sex and obscenity are not synonymous. William J. Brennan, Jr.
Implicit in the history of the 1st Amendment is the rejection of obscenity as utterly without redeeming social importance. William J. Brennan, Jr.
A bad tax is one that is wastefully and poorly spent. David Brinkley
In the American democracy the voter has a choice between a party that promises not to raise taxes and then raises them, and a party that makes no promises and raises them. David Brinkley
I wouldn't minimize the avoidance of tax increases as a contribution to human welfare. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
We should not be a party leading with our chin in the area of taxes. Ronald H. Brown
When the income tax was passed, that provided a virtual unlimited supply of money for government. Harry Browne
In order to reduce the consumption of unhealthy foods, we should impose large snack taxes -- in the range of 5 to 10 percent Kelly D. Brownell
Twinkie Tax Kelly D. Brownell
Pornography is the undiluted essence of anti-female propaganda. Susan Brownmiller
Lust is an appetite that needs to be regulated. William F. Buckley Jr.
The progressive feature of the income tax is the most dangerous element of democracy. William F. Buckley Jr.
You ought not in a free country to lay a tax on the expression of political opinion. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
To tax and to please, no more than to love and be wise, is not given to men. Edmund Burke
Forcing taxpayers to pay their own money out of their own pockets in a building that is paid for by their own taxes for the purpose of answering nature's call is a very restrictive form of taxation. John Barton
Read my lips; no new taxes. George W. Bush
Madame, if it is possible, it has already been done; if impossible, it will be done. Charles-Alexandre de Callone
There is no difference, in fairness or economics, between lowering taxes on a favored group and spending money on a favored group. Tom Campbell
I want no money raised by injustice. Canute
There is one difference between a tax collector and a taxidermist—the taxidermist leaves the hide. Mortimer Caplin
Government is emphatically a machine: to the discontented a "taxing machine," to the contented a "machine for securing property. Thomas Carlyle
[Describing out tax system:] ... a disgrace to the human race. Jimmy Carter
Bashing the Internal Revenue Service is popular ... An impotent agency would allow the would allow the dishonest to avoid paying what they owe, and encourage honest taxpayers to cut corners. John E. Chapoton
It's no more logical to tax phone calls than it is to put a tax on letters or any other form of communication. John E. Chapoton
In a case of necessity, for the defense of the kingdom, might I not impose this taxation and am I not the sole judge of the necessity? Charles I
I ask whether in a case of necessity, for the defense of the kingdom, may I not impose this taxation and am I not the sole judge of the necessity. Charles I
I would rather see the objects of the war fail,—I would rather see the seamen of the country …. and our commerce swept away …, than see the long arm of the Treasury indirectly thrust into the pocket of the citizen through the penal law. Langdon Cheves
... communistic, socialistic ... as populistic as ever have been addressed to any political assembly in the world. Joseph H. Choate
... with a cash machine like an income tax, the state legislature will go wild and go on a spending spree. William Cibes
I would not support tax relief for the richest people in Canada … Glen Clark
When more of the people's sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of Government and expenses of its economical administration, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of a free Government. Grover Cleveland
I can’t accept it. It may cost me the election, but I’m still not going to sign it. Bill Clinton
Not only have [rich] people like me not been asked to sacrifice, but they have had money [tax cuts] thrown at them. Bill Clinton
That’s not the way to create wealth The way to create wealth is to be fair to everybody. Bill Clinton
There's a lot of evidence you can sell people on tax increases if they think its an investment. Bill Clinton
We have a tax code that works. It brings in our revenue at the lowest cost of administration in the world. Sheldon S. Cohen
You will see and deal with so much dirt that you will assume everyone is guilty. Sheldon S. Cohen
The art of taxation consists in plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing. Jean Baptiste Colbert; Marquis de Seignelay
Under this republic the rewards of industry belong to those who earn them. The only constitutional tax is the tax which ministers to public necessity. Calvin Coolidge
Whenever taxes become burdensome, a remedy can be applied by the people; but if they do not act for themselves, no one can be very successful in acting for them. Calvin Coolidge
The trouble with this wide-open pornography ... is not that it corrupts but that it desensitizes; not that it unleashes the passions but that it cripples the emotions; not that it encourages a mature attitude but that it is a reversion to infantile obsessions; not that it removes the blinders but that it distorts the view. Progress is proclaimed but love is denied. What we have is not liberation but dehumanization. Norman Cousins
We are blessed by a large middle class in this country and the middle class will always pay the lion's share of the taxes. Carol Cox
Taxes are forever; spending cuts are transitory. Philip M. Crane
Rail against taxes of all kinds. David Crockett
I believe you have reached the wrong number. Richard G. Darman
I'm against sin, but I'm not prepared to discuss sin taxes. Richard G. Darman
It takes 100 senior citizens to pay for one tax cut for a fat cat. Tom Daschle
You wait till the money is there before you give it back. Gray Davis
The king of England doth lay but his little finger upon his subjects when other princes and states do lay their heavy loins upon their people. John Davis
As certain as death and taxes. Daniel Defoe
to the end that wealth may bear its due proportion of the expenses of government. Democratic Party
The rich aren't like us—they pay less taxes. Peter DeVries
It was as true ... as taxes is. And nothing's truer than them. Charles Dickens
To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection. It is plunder! Benjamin Disraeli
I cannot, in conscience, agree or be party to the use of such anti-people policies as taxation. Napoleon Dojillo
Why don't we go all the way and simple take the rich off the tax rolls altogether? Bryan L. Dorgan
I sometimes suspected that the major qualification for most aspirants for membership on the [Senate] Finance Committee was a secret pledge or agreement to defend the [oil and gas] depletion allowance against all attacks.... [and] campaign funds reinforced these pledges. Paul H. Douglas
The power to tax is the power to govern. Maurice L. Duplessis
When the federal government promises no new taxes, they're promising no new federal taxes. Robert Ebel
The American people are willing to invest their money (taxes) in things that work. Marian Wright Edelman
The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax. Albert Einstein
The great middle class basically pays the bills of our society through the taxes. Albert Eisele
Our taxes reflect a continuing struggle among contending interests for the privilege of paying the least. Louis Eisenstein
To tax and be loved is not given man. Elizabeth I
Of myself I must say this: I never was any greedy, scraping grasper, nor a strait fast-holding Prince, nor yet a waster. My heart was never set on any worldly goods. What you bestow on me, I will not hoard it up, but receive it to bestow on you again. Elizabeth I
Of all debts men are least willing to pay the taxes. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Levying money for or to the use of the Crown by pretence of prerogative, without grant of Parliament, … is illegal England
Men's common guise is always to lay the burden on some other back. English Proverb or Saying
A good prince will tax as lightly as possible those commodities which are used by the poorest members of society ... staples without which human life could not exist. Desiderius Erasmus
Every American has the constitutional right not to be taxed or have his tax money expended for the establishment of religion. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
Every American has the constitutional right not to be taxed or have his tax money expended for the establishment of a religion. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
Government is contemptuous of true religion when it confiscates the taxes of Caesar to finance the things of God. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
The information superhighway should not look like a red light district. James Exon
Why, sir, there is every probability that you will soon be able to tax it. Michael Faraday
You can't have a capitalist system and tax capital to death. Peter Ferrara
The present assault upon capital is but the beginning. It will be but a stepping stone to others, larger and more sweeping, till our political contests will become a war of the poor against the rich. Stephen J. Field
Why shouldn't the American people take half my money from me? I took all of it from them. Edward A. Filene
We're not looking for love as tax collectors. We recognize that taxpayers may not be altogether pleased with the bottom line of what we do. But, if they can say to themselves, "I was treated courteously, I was treated promptly and I was treated professionally," then that is part of a customer service that we think is ... appropriate. Lawrence B. Gibbs
Although the Australian landowners [of the late 1800s] wailed and bleated about the eventual resort to direct taxes, it was becoming increasingly clear that many had virtually stolen the land in the first place….We learn from the lessons of history that the wealthy in this country have always used each and every means at their disposal to block any and all measures designed to ensure that they pay any, let alone their "fair share", of the taxes necessary to pay for commonly used infrastructure and services, just as they do today. Steve Gibson
If the lowest tax rate is the most desirable thing to have, then most people would be living in Mississippi.. Parris Glendening
The income tax created more criminals than other single act of government. Barry Goldwater
I would suggest the taxation of all property equally, whether church or corporation. Ulysses S. Grant
All taxes have a negative effect on economic activity. Alan Greenspan
Reverse Robin Hood—take from the needy and give to the greedy. William H. Gray
No government can exist without taxation.... This money must of necessity be levied on the people; and the grand art consists in levying so as not to oppress. Frederick II
There is no political downside to smut bashing. John Frohnmayer
When you smile the world smiles with you, but when you tax you tax alone. Frank G. Gardiner
Tax reduction has an almost irresistible appeal to the politician. John W. Gardner
The divorce between church and state should be absolute. It ought to be so absolute that no Church property anywhere, in any state, or in the nation, should be exempt from equal taxation; for if you exempt the property of any church organization, to that extent you impose a tax upon the whole community. James A. Garfield
It is very difficult to run a village just off property taxes alone. I need sales tax. James Garner
I’m not looking for opportunity to pay more taxes. But I do support progressive tax structure. If society has been exceptionally good to you, then it’s incumbent on you to make a larger contribution to the welfare of society. William H. Gates Sr.
Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part. Book of Genesis
We are in favor of raising all public revenues by a single tax upon land values. Henry George
Taxes are a necessary evil of a civilized society. Richard A. Gephardt
Taxes are always too high. Richard A. Gephardt
If giving back a penny causes one child to be injured or abused, the answer is: Keep your penny. James J. Florio
The American people do not have to be bribed by the tax code to make charitable contributions. Steve Forbes
the most just and equitable tax that can be devised. John Franklin Fort
Unnecessary taxation is unjust taxation. Abram Stevens Hewitt
If you must call this relief tax, which I have approved to keep the people from starving, "a Hoffman Tax," then I say you should go ahead and do it. I am willing to pay whatever price may be required of me, so far as my personal fortunes are concerned. Harold G. Hoffman
Taxes are what pays for a civilized society. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The power to tax is not the power to destroy. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Every good citizen … should be willing to devote a brief time … to the making of a listing of his income for taxes … to contribute to his government … a small percentage of his net profits. Cordell Hull
The income tax is the fairest, the most equitable system of taxation that has yet been devised. Cordell Hull
That system, unequal as it is indefensible, is the mightiest engine of oppression imposed upon an honest yeomanry since the feudal ages. This system places a high premium on wealth and a severe penalty on poverty. Cordell Hull
The nation was very little accustomed at that time [1625] to the burden of taxes, and had never opened their purses in any degree for supporting their sovereign. David Hume
The power of taxing themselves is an undoubted and most important privilege of the people of England. David Hume
I am truly wearied with lounging here; doing nothing but feeding on the public funds—we have really done nothing yet beneficial; and for nine weeks has the House of Representatives been engaged debating the Tariff, that could have been as well decided in two. Andrew Jackson
We have taxes so we can educate our kids, take care of our elderly. William Janklow
The suppression of unnecessary offices, of useless establishments and expenses, enabled us to discontinue our internal taxes. These, covering our land with officers and opening our doors to their intrusions, had already begun that process of domiciliary vexation which once entered is scarcely to be restrained from reaching successively every article of property and produce. Thomas Jefferson
A tax laid on the willing only. Thomas Jefferson
Exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and ... tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise. Thomas Jefferson
Government, as will as religion, has furnished its schisms, its persecutions, and its devices for fattening idleness on the earnings of the people. Thomas Jefferson
... having myself made it a rule never to engage in a lottery or any other adventure of mere chance, I can, with the less candor or effect, urge it on others, however laudable or desirable its object may be. Thomas Jefferson
If anything could revolt our citizens against the war, it would be the extravagance with which they are about to be taxed …. Thomas Jefferson
The purse of the people is the real seat of sensibility. Thomas Jefferson
Taxes on acquired wealth would be the fairest solution. But such taxes have met an invincible resistance among the possessors, who are the most powerful. … The selfishness of possessing classes is not reducible. We have to adopt to it. Gaston Jeze
He [Douglas] would understand it a little better if there were a few oil wells in Cook County . Lyndon B. Johnson
When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content. Niccolo Machiavelli
Our ordinary income is barely at a par with our ordinary expenditures and new taxes must be ready. James Madison
While private property is commonly lodged in the subject, whenever exigency required supply all property is transferred to the sovereign. The consent of Parliament is not necessary for the imposition of taxes. Roger Manwaring
Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and render unto God what is God's. Book of Mark
This is a withdrawal by Canadians of their consent to be governed. Paul Martin Sr.
The underground economy is not all smugglers. It is hundreds of thousands of otherwise honest people who have withdrawn their consent to be governed. Paul Martin
[I]t is contrary to the principles of reason and justice that any should be compelled to contribute to the maintenance of a church with which their consciences will not permit them to join, and from which they can derive no benefit George Mason
Considering the utter impracticability of their ever being fully and equally represented in Parliament, and the great expense that must unavoidably attend even a partial representation there [in England], this House think that a taxation of their constituents, even without their consent, grievous as it is, would be preferable to any representation that could be admitted for them there. Massachusetts
In the Washington game, if a company gets big enough, it’s a target … politicians are interested in any stock of immovable capital or wealth from which they can extract a share. Fred S. McChesney
We're moving more and more toward user fees, but the people who use social service programs obviously don't have the ability to pay for them. Scott S. McInnis
I'm offended by any suggestion that we have to beat groups of people over the head with an economic club [higher taxes] to keep them from exercising their freedom of choice in the marketplace. Walker Merryman
To ruin those who possess something is not to come to the aid of those who possess nothing; it is only to render misery general. Klemens von Metternich
Religious hatreds ought not to be propagated at all, but certainly not on a tax-exempt basis. James A. Michener
The middle class has no more to give. The poor have nothing. Let's get it from those who've got it. Barbara Mikulski
Levying the taxes … does not impede the industry, or unnecessarily interfere with the liberty, of the citizen, promotes, not the preservation only, but the increase of the national wealth, and encourages a more active use of the individual faculties. John Stuart Mill
Those who pay no taxes, disposing by their votes of other people's money, have every motive to be lavish and none to economize. John Stuart Mill
... a tax break for the wealthy paid for by the middle class. George J. Mitchell
Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them! Margaret Mitchell
Mr. Reagan will raise taxes and so will I. He won't tell you. I just did. Walter F. Mondale
Congress have an unlimited power to raise money ... restricted only by the duty to appropriate it to the purpose of common defense and of general, not local; national, not State benefit. James Monroe
Anybody has a right to evade taxes if he can get away with it. J. Pierpont Morgan
Congress should know how to levy taxes, and if it doesn't know how to collect them, then a man is a fool to pay the taxes. J. Pierpont Morgan
And it came to pass that he caused many buildings to be built in the land Shilom ... which had been a resort for the children of Nephi ... and thus he did do with the riches which he obtained by the taxation of his people. Book of Mormon
We should take a look at our tax system every 75 years or so. Daniel P. Moynihan
... an auction of the treasury. Daniel P. Moynihan
The tax structure of the United States is fast becoming the most regressive of any Western nation. Daniel P. Moynihan
There's always another loophole to get out of the tax code. Daniel P. Moynihan
So long as there is an income to be found in the country so large that it yields to its possessor a surplus over and above what he needs for the comfort or even luxuries of life for himself and his family, I am in favor of taking such portion of the surplus income by taxation as the Government needs for war purposes, and if it needs it all I am in favor of taking it all before we take one penny from the slender income of a man who receives only enough to provide himself and family with the bare necessities of life. Robert M. La Follette
Now all of you profiteering "patriots" who have bawled yourself hoarse about "standing back of the President" get into line and support his recommendation for "additional taxes on war profits, incomes and luxuries. Robert M. La Follette
They are all afraid to face high taxation to pay for the war. The rich won't stand it—and the poor can't stand it. Robert M. La Follette
The purpose of the income tax law is to prevent the accumulation of enormous fortunes, and the control of industry and commerce that goes with such large fortunes. Fiorello H. La Guardia
We don't want gambling income. We'll find some other way to finance our state. Mike Leavitt
What we should have fought for was representation without taxation. Sam Levenson
We are placing the burdens on the broad shoulders. Why should I put burdens on the people? David Lloyd George
Governments cannot be supported without great charge, and it is fit every one who enjoys his share of the protection should pay out of his estate his proportion for the maintenance of it. John Locke
'Tis true that governments cannot be supported without great charge, and it is fit every one who enjoys a share of protection should pay out of his estate his proportion of the maintenance of it. John Locke
I don't dislike people with a lot of money, but richer people need tax relief less than others. Zoe Lofgren
The promises of yesterday are the taxes of today. Mackenzie King
What sensible people want from a tax is to raise as much money as possible with the least disruption to the economy. Michael Kinsley
Bribing rich people to help poor people, rather than helping poor people directly, is a popular approach because the cost of tax breaks doesn't show up on the government books. Michael Kinsley
Any effort of tax reform will produce winners and losers. Robert E. Rubin
Figuring that smoking kills about a third of all those who smoke, this tax could prevent the premature death of at least 2 million Americans alive today. C. Everett Koop
After a while if you have low enough taxes you'll be bankrupt. Charles Krauthammer
Does the Internal Revenue Service work for you or do you work for them? Michael Badnarik
One would be better off not to buy any land when one has money, since when one has land, the government imposes heavy taxes on one's properties. Chinese Proverb
That every tax imposed upon English subjects without consent is against the natural rights and the bounds prescribed by the English constitution. That the Stamp Act in special, is a tax imposed on the colonies without their consent. That it is the duty of every person in the colonies to oppose by every lawful means the execution of those acts imposed on them… Connecticut
The voters are angry about taxes, not because they think their taxes are too high, but because the wealthy and corporations do not pay their fair share. Stanley Greenberg
The state of our state is fragile …. Our revenue system is broken because it has relied on regressive and unstable taxes …. I refuse to balance this budget on the backs of the children, the elderly, and the poor. Kenny Guinn
It’s very clear. It’s in our platform. Taxation is theft. Dave Hollist
As it is necessary, that imposts should be levied, for the support of government, it may be thought more convenient to lay them on foreign commodities, which can easily be intercepted at the port, and subjected to the impost David Hume
Since it is improper and contrary to reason that laymen, who are bound to pay tithes to the clergy, should presume to extort tithes from them, to the utter confusion of the established order of things, we grant your petition, and give all the monasteries, churches, and clergy of your diocese permission to refuse to pay any tithes which may be demanded of them be laymen, no matter under what pretext such a demand may be made. Innocent III
You can’t have the goods and services and the benefits of a government if you’re not willing to pay taxes …. I am proud of the fact that I can pay $33 million of taxes. I put out a press release when I did that. Don King
If in former times the taxation has been unjust, we ought to be thankful, that we have now discovered a method of making it equitable, and hope that this will be the means of uniting the citizens, not of dividing them; which would certainly be the case were they to attempt the recovery of taxes for the past, and make them equal to the present Leo X
New Jersey is not going to give the money earned by average taxpayers to millionaire sports owners and give government subsidies to sports teams. James E. McGreavy
While lawmakers should eschew soaking the rich, that is no excuse for soaking the poor. Melanie Scarborough
Every man who rowed upon the sea to fish should pay the king five fish for the defense of the land. At Yule every man should pay the king a meal of malt from every harvest steading, and a leg of a three-year old ox. Every house-wife [must pay] a rock full of unspun lint, as thick as one could span with the longest fingers of the hand. Every man, foreigner or native, who went to Iceland, should pay a tax to the king. Sveyn I Forkbeard
We hear with sorrow, by the report of the Provincial judges, that you the Fathers of the State, who ought to set an example to your sons (the ordinary citizens), have been so remiss in the payment of taxes that on this first collection nothing, or next to nothing, has been brought in from any Senatorial house. Thus a crushing weight has fallen on the lower orders, who have had to make good your deficiencies and have been distraught by the violence of the tax gatherers …. Now then, oh Conscript Fathers, who owe as much duty to the Republic as we do, pay the taxes for which each of you is liable. Theodoric; Cassiodorus
We are sending you … to Pannonia Sirmiensis, an old habitation of the Goths. Let that Province be induced to welcome her old defenders, even as she used gladly to obey our ancestors. Show forth the justice of the Goths, a nation happily situated for praise, since it is theirs to unite the forethought of the Romans and the virtue of the Barbarians. Remove all ill planted customs, and impress upon all your subordinates that we would rather that our Treasury lost a suit than that it gained one wrongfully, rather that we lost money than the taxpayer was driven to suicide. Theodoric; Cassiodorus
The powers specially vested in me by the act laying certain duties on distilled spirits, … have likewise [been] carried into effect…. The novelty, however, of the tax in a considerable part of the United States and a misconception of some of its provisions have given occasion in particular places to some degree of discontent; but it is satisfactory to know that this disposition yields to proper explanations and more just apprehensions of the true nature of the law, and I entertain a full confidence that it will in all give way to motives which arise out of a just sense of duty and a virtuous regard to the public welfare. George Washington
The result of offshore tax evasion is a disproportionate tax burden on law-abiding citizens and fewer resources available for public spending or tax cuts. William F. Wechsler
You cannot reform a tax system without some pain and without someone getting hurt. Charles B. Rangel
Whenever you find a tax loophole, someone else is going to call it a tax incentive. Charles B. Rangel
There are other ways of raising money other than the income tax….We got along pretty well without it for many years. Ronald E. Paul
Much as I prize railroads, I am unwilling to see my constituents taxed to build them, except by their own representatives in the State Legislature, at such time, in such manner, and to such extent as they deem wise and prudent Lawrence O'Bryan Branch
Distribute taxes among all in a fair and equitable manner and make them general, not exempting anyone because of his noble rank or great riches, nor even exempting your own officials or courtiers or followers. Do not levy on anyone a tax which is beyond his capacity to pay… Tahir Ibn Al Hussein
The Stamp Act is an act of parliament, and as such ought to be observed. This house, sir, has too great a reverence for the supreme legislature of the nation, to question its just authority: it by no means appertains to us to presume to adjust the boundaries of the power of parliament Board of Trade
The really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway. George W. Bush
When tax assessments and imposts upon the subjects are low, the latter have the energy and desire to do things. Cultural enterprises grow and increase, because the low taxes bring satisfaction. Ibn Khaldun
It is essential to reduce taxes on employment and wealth creation in order to enhance our economy's competitiveness. But I don't think it's sensible today to write a Conservative budget … with specific pledges on tax reduction. David Cameron
Taxes are the lifeblood of Government Nancy Olsen
If you are a Social Democrat, then you think it's cool to pay taxes. For me, taxation is the finest expression for what politics really is. Mona Ingeborg Sahlin
The tax program is based upon a broad and just social and economic purpose ... not to destroy wealth, but to create a broader range of opportunity, to restrain the growth of unwholesome and sterile accumulations. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The proposed tariff is a tax to be levied principally on the great body of agriculturalists who constitute a large majority of the American people and who are the chief consumers of foreign imports... Instead of struggling against the dictates of reason and nature, and madly trying to produce everything at home, countries should study to direct their labors ...to things for which they are best adapted. ... We ask no tax on manufacturers for our benefit. Fredericksburg Agricultural Society
How happy a thing Is having a King That tenderly feels all our woes. How well we are fed, How well we are led, Ah! prettily led by the nose. The King, I am sure, Is all that is pure, But then sure the devil is in it. There 's Pitt at the helm, A-sinking the realm, And sinking it all in a minute. But, say what you will, Pitt taxes us still— Our tea, our wine, and our drams; They have taxed our light By day and by night, Our lawyers, poor innocent lambs Anonymous
Lottery men do also tax themselves in the general, though out of hopes of Advantage in particular: A Lottery therefore is properly a Tax upon unfortunate self-conceited fools; men that have good opinion of their own luckiness, or that have believed some Fortune-teller or Astrologer, who had promised them great success about the time and place of the Lottery …. Now because the world abounds with this kinde of fools, it is not fit that every man that will may cheat every man that would be cheated; but it is rather ordained, that the Sovereign should have the Guardianship of these fools, or that some Favourite should beg the Sovereigns right of taking advantage of such men’s folly, even as in the case of Lunaticks and Idiots. William Petty
Among the general Causes is, First, the unwillingness of the people to pay them [taxes]; arising from an opinion, that by delay and reluctancy they may wholly avoid them, with a suspicion that what is imposed is too much, or that what is collected is embezzled or ill expended, or that it is unequally levied and assessed. William Petty
Let the Tax be never so great, if it be apoportionable unto all, then no man suffers the loss of any Riches by it. William Petty
That all Superfluities tending to Luxury and sin, might be loaded with so much Impost, as to serve instead of a sumptuary Law to restrain the use of them. But here also care is to be had that it be not better to smuggle then to pay. William Petty
That which angers men most, is to be taxed William Petty
Almost all taxes on production fall finally on the consumer. David Ricardo
Taxation under every form presents but a choice of evils. David Ricardo
Victory Tax Henry Morgenthau Jr.
If you manage a grocery store, you pay 35 percent in taxes. If you manage a hedge fund, you only pay 15 percent. Tom Daschle
… in no case shall nonresident proprietors be taxed higher than residents United States
We hope our taxes continue to rise in the future — it will mean we are prospering — but we also hope that the rest of corporate America antes up along with us. Warren Buffett
Each person will give in charity one tenth of his rents and movable goods for the taking of the land of Jerusalem; except for the arms, horses, and clothing of knights, and likewise for the horses, books, clothing, and vestments, and church furniture of the clergy, and except for precious stones belonging to the clergy or the laity. Henry II
For the reason that, in former times, the unbridled greed of princes despoiled the people of their possessions, and the wealth of the state was persistently wrung from the misery of its citizens; as have already given laws to the subject, we deem it in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Spirit to place restraints upon the exactions of the prince. Visigoths
Massive tax avoidance. Billions and billions of dollars. Bryan L. Dorgan
Why should an atheist pay more taxes so that a church which he despises should pay no taxes? Emanuel Haldeman-Julius
His conversations were very vivid. He spoke about acts that he had seen in pornographic films involving such matters as women having sex with animals and films showing group sex or rape scenes. He talked about pornographic materials depicting individuals with large penises or large breasts involved in various sex acts. On several occasions, Thomas told me graphically of his own sexual prowess. Anita Hill
We have two tax systems in America—separate and unequal. David Cay Johnston
You can close [tax] loopholes, but people will always find new ones. David Cay Johnston
We are working constantly to abolish all the tolls which are collected on the navigable rivers Louis XIV
We demand a graduated income tax. Populist Party
Something is terribly wrong with the tax laws of this country and the way they are enforced. So I quit. Richard Yancy
And what are they doing now? John Marshall Harlan
If we should pass on whether or not a film is pornographic, we should take a look at it. Harry A. Blackmun
It is essential to the freedom and security of a free people, that no taxes be imposed upon them but by their own consent, or their representatives. Association of the Sons of Liberty of New York
Those who claim the economy will collapse if tax rates on the wealthy increase, do not know their history. In the Eisenhower Administration—and Eisenhower was hardly a left winger—the marginal tax rate was 91 percent. I am only suggesting that it go to 50 percent. Robert Reich
An increase in the State inheritance tax, steeply graduated and applying to all property in the State regardless of where the owner may reside. Upton Sinclair
If you think you can’t pay, come in and discuss it with us and we have a number of options we might use. Douglas Shulman
I am a supply sider. If you cut the right taxes, you will make more money. Rudolph W. Giuliani
If you tax something, you get less of it. If you subsidize something, you get more of it. Jack Kemp
Every tax ought to be so contrived as both to take out and keep out of the pockets of the people as little as possible, over and above what it brings into the public treasury. Adam Smith
It seems difficult to understand that high rates of taxation do not necessarily mean high revenue for the government, and that more revenue may often be obtained with lower tax rates. Andrew Mellon
Surely we can afford to make a distinction between the people whose only capital is their mettle and physical energy and the people whose income is derived from investments. Such a distinction would mean much to millions of American workers and would be an added inspiration to the man who must provide a competence during his few productive years to care for himself and his family when his earnings capacity is at an end. Andrew Mellon
It seems idle to speculate in the abstract as to whether or not a progressive income tax schedule rising to rates in excess of 70 percent are justifiable …. The fact is that such rates cannot be successfully collected. David F. Houston
We must prevent the transmission in their entirety of those fortunes swollen beyond all healthy limits. Theodore Roosevelt
… the most disastrous blow ever struck at the constitutional power of Congress Howell Edmunds Jackson
Fear is the key element for the IRS in achieving its mission. Without fear, the IRS would have a difficult time maintaining our so-called system of ‘voluntary compliance’ .... Given the opportunity, the IRS will take the easy way out and grab whatever it can... the IRS does not really care about you and what your future... may be Santo M. Presti
The United States has a system of taxation by confession Hugo Black
Our tax system is based on individual self-assessment and voluntary compliance Mortimer Caplin
Our federal tax system is, in short, utterly impossible, utterly unjust and completely counterproductive; [it] reeks with injustice and is fundamentally un-American... it has earned a rebellion and it's time we rebelled Ronald Reagan
I don't like the income tax. Every time we talk about these taxes we get around to the idea of 'from each according to his capacity and to each according to his needs'. That's socialism. It's written into the Communist Manifesto. Maybe we ought to see that every person who gets a tax return receives a copy of the Communist Manifesto with it so he can see what's happening to him T. Coleman Andrews
Eight decades of amendments... to the code have produced a virtually impenetrable maze... The rules are unintelligible to most citizens... The rules are equally mysterious to many government employees who are charged with administering and enforcing the law Shirley D. Peterson
The act … is communistic in its purposes and tendencies and is defended here upon principles as communistic, socialistic—what should I call them—populistic as has ever been addressed in any political assembly in the world. Joseph Hodges Choate
There should be a 100% income tax in incomes above the amount needed to supply all the comforts and true refinements of life. Felix Adler
I should be very willing to exchange with New York and agree that we will take her income and pay her taxes …. They have to pay the larger share of the income tax simply because the large incomes are there. Oliver Perry Morton
Here we have in New York Mr. Aster with an income of millions derived from real estate, … and we have along side of him a poor man receiving $1000 a year. What is the discrimination of the law in that case? It is altogether against the poor man—Everything that he consumes we tax, and yet we are afraid to tax the income of Mr. Astor. Is there any justice to it? Why, sir, the income tax is the only one that tends to equalize the burdens between rich and poor. John Sherman
The rich men trying to repeal Prohibition acted only to save themselves hundreds of millions of dollars by substituting an for an income tax, a liquor tax that would be paid by the masses. Fletcher Dobyns
Leave America, if she has taxable matter in her, to tax herself. Edmund Burke
The present Congress have as complete authority to require of the States indefinite supplies of money for the common defense and general welfare, as the future Congress will have to require them of individual citizens; and the latter will be no more bound than the States themselves have been, to pay the quotas respectively taxed on them. James Madison
Who can pretend that commercial imposts are, or would be, alone equal to the present and future exigencies of the Union? Alexander Hamilton
Money is, with propriety, considered as the vital principle of the body politic; as that which sustains its life and motion, and enables it to perform its most essential functions. A complete power, therefore, to procure a regular and adequate supply of it, as far as the resources of the community will permit, may be regarded as an indispensable ingredient in every constitution. Alexander Hamilton
Our 15 thousand page tax code is incomprehensible and unenforceable. Paul O'Neill
Without sufficient funds, nothing could be efficiently done. DeWitt Clinton
In the early stages of the state, taxes are light in their incidence, but fetch in a large revenue...As time passes and kings succeed each other, they lose their tribal habits in favor of more civilized ones. Their needs and exigencies grow...owing to the luxury in which they have been brought up. Hence they impose fresh taxes on their subjects...and sharply raise the rate of old taxes to increase their yield...But the effects on business of this rise in taxation make themselves felt. For business men are soon discouraged by the comparison of their profits with the burden of their taxes...Consequently production falls off, and with it the yield of taxation. Ibn Khaldun
The introduction of a substantial Government transfer tax on all transactions might prove the most serviceable reform available, with a view to mitigating the predominance of speculation in the United States. John Maynard Keynes
There is spending in the tax code. Erskine Bowles
Scratch any Republican today and all you will hear is “Tax Cuts, Tax Cuts, Tax Cuts.” Its pure demagoguery…. We have demonized taxes. David Stockman
Tax reform is not for the faint-hearted. Al Hunt
Your excellency is pleased to tell us, that declarations have been made and still subsist, that the act of parliament for granting the stamp-duties in the colonies, shall not be executed within the province. We know of no such declarations. If any individuals of the people have declared an unwillingness to subject themselves to the payment of the stamp-duties, and choose rather to lay aside all business, than to make use of the stamped papers, as we are not accountable for such declarations, so neither can we see any thing criminal in them: this house has no authority to control their choice in this matter: the act does not oblige them to make use of the papers; it only exacts the payment of certain duties for such papers as they may incline to use: such declarations may possibly have been made and may still subsist, very consistently with the utmost respect to the king and parliament. Massachusetts Assembly
No tax may be laid without the consent of the nation France Blois
If any of my earls, barons or other vassals die, their heirs shall not be obligated to redeem their land …., but they shall be put in possession of it on paying a just and reasonable relief. Henry I
Only the little people pay taxes. Leona Helmsley
We want public services but we do not want to pay for them Michael Lewis
Get people to think about the benefits of government rather than taxes. Peter D. Hart
The delicate duty of devising schemes of revenue should be left where the Constitution has placed it—with the immediate representatives of the people. William Henry Harrison
[Addressing a young aide:] You have a college education, haven't you? I don't know what to do or where to turn in this taxation matter. Somewhere there must be a book that tells all about it, but I don't know where that book is, and maybe I couldn't read it if I found it! Warren G. Harding
I can't make a damn thing out of this tax problem. I listen to one side and they seem right—and then I talk to the other side and they seem just as right, and here I am where I started. God, what a job! Warren G. Harding
You Republicans say that you are for tax cuts. Let’s see if you will fight for middle class tax cuts as hard as you fight for tax cuts for the oil companies and the rich. Show us what you’ve got!!! Barack Obama
The laying of taxes is the power, and the general welfare the purpose for which the power is to be exercised. They are not to lay taxes ad libitum for any purpose they please; but only to pay the debts or provide for the welfare of the Union. Thomas Jefferson
I am not evading tax in any way, shape or form. Now of course I am minimizing my tax and if anybody in this country doesn't minimize their tax they want their heads read because as a government I can tell you you're not spending it that well that we should be donating extra. Kerry Packer
The reason why the citizens of New York will pay so large a part of the tax is New York City is the chief financial and commercial centre of a great country with vast resources and industrial activity. For many years Americans engaged in developing the wealth of all parts of the country have been going to New York to secure capital and market their securities and to buy their supplies. Thousands of men who have amassed fortunes in all sorts of enterprises in other states have gone to New York to live because they like the life of the city or because their distant enterprises require representation at the financial centre. The incomes of New York are in a great measure derived from the country at large. A continual stream of wealth sets toward the great city from the mines and manufactories and railroads outside of New York Elihu Root
Taxes are not good things, but if you want services, somebody's got to pay for them, so they're a necessary evil Michael Bloomberg
If America is about fairness, it is about equal incomes paying equal taxes. William W. Bradley
Tax reform laws … are like sand castles built next to the ocean. They get washed away. William W. Bradley
I did a little study of my office, and the average worker pays a higher tax rate than I do. If the government needs money, it should get if from me rather than my secretary of the person who will serve my lunch today. Warren Buffett
The Polish society is not composed solely of entrepreneurial and energetic young people. I can't image pensioners who get 600 zlotkies or 800 zlotkies a month getting even less than that. That would be immoral. Lech Kaczynski
On all ships or vessels built within the said States, and belonging wholly to a citizen or citizens thereof; or not built within the said States, but on the twenty-ninth day of May, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, belonging, and during the time such ships or vessels shall continue to belong wholly to a citizen or citizens thereof, at the rate of Six cents per ton. On all ships or vessels hereafter built in the United States, belonging wholly, or in part, to subjects of foreign powers, at the rate of thirty cents per ton. On all other ships or vessels, at the rate of fifty cents per ton. United States Congress
The object of taxation is to raise a revenue for discharging the debts and defraying the expenses of the community, its operation should be adapted as much as possible to suit the burden with equal hand upon all in proportion with their ability of bearing it without oppression. John Quincy Adams
The founders anticipated that the expenditures of the States, their counties, cities, and towns, would chiefly be met by direct taxation on accumulated property, while they expected that those of the Federal government would be for the most part met by indirect taxes. Melville Fuller
The 40% tariff on cotton finished goods meant that the manufacturer actually invades your barns, and plunders you of 40 out of every 100 bales that you produce. George McDuffie
We are the only country in the world that taxes foreign earnings. Jack Welch
We need a tax code where everyone pays his fair share. Barack Obama
The Government cannot afford to have a country made up entirely of rich people, because rich people pay so little tax that the Government would quickly go bankrupt… Government needs labor to pay its upkeep. Russell Baker
Look at the current tax code. It’s a 10 million word mess.. Herman Cain
The cause is not worth dying for. Jared Ingersoll
Hideous bankruptcy is here ... yet you deliberate .... Is it so magnanimous ... to give a portion of one's revenue to save all of one's possessions? Honore de Mirabeau; Honore Gabriel Victor Requiti
Developers play one of us off the other, forcing us to reduce our taxes to attract their development. Everyone is being forced to reduce their tax level to a point where it's not economical. Rick Cohen
Why should Americans who can't afford yachts 26 feet or more in length be taxed to subsidize those who can? It's a reverse Robin-Hood. Ira Stoll
You do not have to cut finds from the elderly sick and still keep the yacht subsidy; Connie Rice
it would be nice to have low taxes, but we have to pay our bills in this country. David Stockman
We had massive tax cuts in the early phases of the [George W.] Bush years… The decade following was the worst growth rate in over 60 years. Neera Tanden
The avoidance of tax may be lawful, but it is not yet a virtue. Alfred Denning
When we are all slaves to the rich, they will finally pay taxes because we will not have enough money to pay any taxes. Anonymous
Take this question of the payment of taxes which seems uppermost in many people's minds. It is true that you may work twice as hard and that when your income is above a certain amount, you may retain for yourself a much smaller percentage of the fruits of your labor. Perhaps the day will come when the man who is paying a high income tax will say to himself "This is proof of my patriotism. The measures which are supported by this money are what make my country a better place to live in. They insure to me and to my children a greater security under the form of government which I have chosen." We may pay high taxes but if it means that many hard working people have better lives, I am glad to do so. I am entirely in accord with the idea that it is hardly worthwhile to try to give a better way of life to those who will not work and help themselves, but there are many, many people who work hard and for one reason or another have very little return for their labor. Eleanor Roosevelt
That’s why the tax code is so long [76,000 pages]. So we can take advantage of it. Erin Isabelle Burnett
The revenue derived from a graduated income tax should be applied to the reduction of the burden of taxation now levied upon the domestic industries of this country. Ignatius Donnelly
Speculative income should not be favored over earned income. Franklin D. Roosevelt
It is human nature on the part of those who pay graduated taxes to attack all taxes based on the ability to pay. These are the same complainants who for a generation blocked the imposition of a graduated income tax. They are the same complainants who would impose the type of flat sales tax which places the burden of the government more on those least able to pay and less on those most able to pay. Franklin D. Roosevelt
America is the land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation. Laurence J. Peter
You don't pay taxes -- they take taxes. Chris Rock
We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. Winston Churchill
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 Arthur Godfrey
All taxes discourage something. Why not discourage bad things like pollution rather than good things like working or investment? Lawrence Summers
The first 9 pages of the Internal Revenue Code define income; the remaining 1,100 pages spin the web of exceptions and preferences. Warren Magnuson
The United States is the only country where it takes more brains to figure your tax than to earn the money to pay it. Edward John Gurney
Estate taxes are the government's way of making up for all the cheating you did on income taxes Will Rogers
A fine is a tax for doing something wrong. A tax is a fine for doing something right. Anonymous
Make taxes as low as possible so entrepreneurs have incentive to work hard and be creative. The human mind is the secret to economic growth. Benjamin Netanyahu
The legal right of a taxpayer to decrease the amount of what otherwise would be his taxes, or altogether avoid them, by means which the law permits, cannot be doubted George Sutherland
Over and over again courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging one's affairs so as to make taxes as low as possible. Everybody does so, rich or poor, and do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more taxes than the law demands. Taxes are enforced exactions, not voluntary contributions. Learned Hand
There is another matter mentioned in your Majesty's letter, relating to money, which is of considerable importance, and that is the determination taken by your Majesty to subject your own provision to the proposed duty on income. When it was put to your Majesty Lord Melbourne is disposed to think that your Majesty's determination was right, and it certainly will be very popular, which in the present circumstances of the country and state of public feelings is a great advantage. William Lamb
They rich hire lawyers and accountants for a reason when it comes to taxes. That is to slip the bill and stick you with it. George W. Bush
A good shepherd shears his flock; he does not flay them Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus
The revenue of the country, levied almost insensibly to the taxpayer, goes on from year to year, increasing beyond either the interests or the prospective wants of the Government Franklin Pierce
We have a no taxes. We have a religious tax that is non-enforceable. Bandar Bin Sultan
… no government, so called, can reasonably be trusted for a moment, or reasonably be supposed to have honest purposes in view, any longer than it depends wholly upon voluntary support Lysander Spooner
… every man who puts money into the hands of a "government" (so called), puts into its hands a sword which will be used against himself, to extort more money from him, and also to keep him in subjection to its arbitrary will. Lysander Spooner
I don’t think our tax system is very equitable. Warren Buffett
The tax which each individual is bound to pay ought to be certain, and not arbitrary. Adam Smith
Every tax ought to be levied at the time, or in the manner, in which it is most likely to be convenient for the contributor to pay it. Adam Smith
It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion. Adam Smith
Every tax, however, is to the person who pays it a badge, not of slavery but of liberty. It denotes that he is a subject to government, indeed, but that, as he has some property, he cannot himself be the property of a master. Adam Smith
Lotteries are a tax on ignorance Adam Smith
The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities, that is, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the state. Adam Smith
In this time of need, the people who can afford it, those making more than $1 million a year, should not pay a tax rate that is less than their secretary pays. This is not class envy. This is not class warfare. This is basic arithmetic. Barack Obama
A tax can never be favorable to the public welfare, except by the good use that is made of its proceeds. Jean-Baptiste Say
No average citizen in America today can figure out the tax code. John McCain
Its inefficient, its ineffective and its fundamentally unfair. Paul O'Neill
Vices make very good patriots? Napoleon Bonaparte
It’s not easy to get rid of tax loopholes. The reason they are there is that people wanted them there. Paul A. Volcker
One of the strongest arguments against a protective tariff is the impossibility of estimating what the indirect effects of it may be. No one--not even those in whose interest it in passed--can predict the result. Modern commercial relations are so intricate and multifarious, there are so many hidden and yet important connections between different occupations, that the wisest protectionist cannot foresee how a tax laid upon one import which he wishes to exclude from the domestic market may affect the production or consumption of some other which he has not the least desire to touch. Atlantic Monthly
A tax code becomes an instrument of social policy. Norman Ornstein
Governments have nothing. They can't create anything, they never have. All they can do is steal from one group and give it to another Ronald E. Paul
The most equitable way to substantially reduce the deficit is to delay reductions in the top tax bracket for upper-income taxpayers. Victor H. Fazio
Governor Romney wants those who have less to do more, and those who have more to do less Joseph R. Biden Jr.
There isn't a rich man in your vast city who doesn't perjure himself every year before the tax board. They are all caked with perjury, many layers thick. Iron-clad, so to speak. If there is one that isn't, I desire to acquire him for my museum, and will pay Dinosaur rates. Mark Twain
Nonprofit status is what created the Bible Belt. The tax code brought religion back to this country Gore Vidal
The hatred Americans have for their own government is pathological, if understandable. At one level it is simply thwarted greed: since our religion is making a buck, giving a part of that buck to any government is an act against nature Gore Vidal
The American people want more from government than they are willing to pay for in taxes. Douglas W. Elmendorf
Any one may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes. Learned Hand
Since the lobbyists and lawyers for the rich are so good at these things, I think they can avoid any increased tax rate so I would have a minimum tax. Warren Buffett
A heavy progressive tax upon a very large fortune is in no way such a tax upon thrift or industry as a like would be on a small fortune. Theodore Roosevelt
Taxes must produce ample revenues without discouraging enterprise; and if it is to be just it must distribute the burden of taxes equitably. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has. Will Rogers
“Death Taxes” are not levied on the dead, who have passed beyond reach of the IRS, but on the heirs who did nothing to earn the money … Scott Russell Sanders
Today, we see the White man taxed so heavily that he cannot afford children. The taxes raised are then used to support the breeding of tens of millions of non-whites, many of whom then demand the last White females for breeding partners. David Eden Lane
… when I proposed to introduce the flat tax in Estonia they looked on me as I am a little bit crazy. And asked “do you know something on the economy?” and I answer “economically, no not so much.” But I think this is a great idea because it looks to work. And I didn’t know then that I would be the first one to see this, but I introduced it. I was 32, I was young and crazy, so I didn’t know what is possible and what's not, so I did impossible things. Mart Laar
If every country tries to race towards the lowest [tax] rate, then in the end nobody gains. If you believe there should be no government at all, then fine. But if you believe some government is good, then you cannot have a system that erodes the tax base in all major countries. Kemal Derviş
You have got to be willing to pay for the government you want. David Brooks
We want the benefits of government services ranging from security in our old age to the best national defense possible, but we scream when the bill for these services comes due in the form of higher taxes. Rich Turner
Why … should the government tax a retailer that sells soda at a much higher tax rate than a company that makes the soda?. David Leonhardt
I don’t think that Bill Gates, in his garage, was calculating his marginal tax rate. Lawrence Summers
There is no serious statistical evidence in support of the view that tax rates at current levels have a major disincentive effect on economic growth. Lawrence Summers
We are asking the IRS to do something impossible: conduct nonpolitical evaluations of political organizations' political activities. Joseph J. Thorndike
We’re in a world now where the Republicans have a brand: “No Taxes”. It’s as much a part of their ideology as right to life is for Catholic bishops. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
The easiest votes I ever cast were the votes to cut taxes. The hardest votes I had to cast were to raise taxes. Robert Byrd
It will be a sad day for the revenues if the good will of the people toward their taxing system is frittered away in efforts to accomplish by taxation moral reforms that cannot be accomplished by direct legislation. Robert Houghwout Jackson
If you don't drink, smoke or drive a car, you're a tax evader. Thomas S. Foley
Tax fairness is very difficult to achieve. Each individual says, ‘Tax codes which make others pay more is fair to me. If I have to pay more, the code is unfair’. Lewis D. Eigen
We may pay high taxes but if it means that many hard working people have better lives, I am glad to do so. Eleanor Roosevelt
Take this question of the payment of taxes which seems uppermost in many people's minds. It is true that you may work twice as hard and that when your income is above a certain amount, you may retain for yourself a much smaller percentage of the fruits of your labor. Perhaps the day will come when the man who is paying a high income tax will say to himself: "This is proof of my patriotism. The measures which are supported by this money are what make my country a better place to live in. They insure to me and to my children a greater security under the form of government which I have chosen”. Eleanor Roosevelt
I believe in the protective tariff and the protective tariff policy of our country. Warren G. Harding
They tell us Congress won't lay dry [direct] taxes upon us, but collect all the money they want by impost [import duties]. I say, there has always been a difficulty about impost.... They won't be able to raise money enough by impost, and then they will lay it on the land and take all we have got. Amos Singletary
We contended with Great Britain--some said for a three-penny duty on tea; but it was not that. It was because they claimed a right to tax us and bind us in all cases whatever. And does not this Constitution do the same? Does it not take away all we have--all our property? Does it not lay all taxes, duties, imposts, and excises? And what more have we to give? Amos Singletary
You can always raise taxes on the rich, but that will not solve the deficit problem. Thomas J. Donahue
People who receive mortgage tax relief … do not consider themselves to be benefits of government largess and can thus blithely talk about the government as something irrelevant to their lives except as a tax burden. Suzanne Mettler
As a revenue raiser, gambling defies every principle. It’s regressive—it takes far more money out of poor people’s pockets than it does for higher income [people]. It’s cannibalistic—it eats other forms of revenue—when you have your citizens dumping $2 billion down the slots [slot machines], they’re not buying a car, and you lose that tax. Sue Tucker
… about 30 percent of the value of renewable power tax credits end up benefitting financiers rather than funding renewable energy production. Jeffrey Bell
Our true test is not between tax reduction on the one hand and the avoidance of Federal deficits on the other. It is increasingly clear that no matter what party is in power, so long as our national security needs keep rising, an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenues to balance our budget—just as it never will produce enough jobs or enough profits. John F. Kennedy
When the stamp-act was made, the authority of parliament to impose internal taxes was denied, but their right to impose external ones … to lay duties upon goods … was admitted. When the act was made imposing duties upon tea, … a new distinction was set up, that the parliament had a right to lay duties … for the purpose of regulating trade but not for the purpose of raising a revenue. Daniel Leonard
Very high taxes on the very rich—that was invented in the United States. Thomas Piketty
I don’t have anything against the rich. I just want some of their money to pay for essential services. George Papandreou
Everyone in this room is making investments in oil companies through taxes. Everyone in this room is investing money in hedge funds. They don’t need that money. We need to make the right investments. Elizabeth Warren
I will never consent to make our penal code the basis of our Ways and Means … John C. Calhoun
Government is to divide the community into two great classes: one consisting of those who, in reality, pay the taxes and, of course, bear exclusively the burden of supporting the government; and the other, of those who are the recipients of their proceeds through disbursements, and who are, in fact, supported by the government; or, in fewer words, to divide it into tax payers and tax-consumers…. The effect, then, of every increase is to enrich and strengthen the one [the net tax-consumers], and to impoverish and weaken the other [the net tax-payers. John C. Calhoun
We ought to go for a uniform ad valorem duty without any discrimination. John C. Calhoun
While 18th century Americans objected to taxation without representation, they also objected equally to taxation with representation. John Kenneth Galbraith
We haven’t plugged a tax loophole in 10 or 15 years. Brad Sherman
… taxation should be in proportion to wealth James Wilson
In some countries the laboring poor were called freemen and in others they were called slaves but that the difference of the state was imaginary only…. the condition of the laboring poor in most countries, that of the fishermen particularly in the Northern states, is as abject as that of slaves. John Adams
Perhaps the day will come when the man who is paying a high income tax will say to himself "This is proof of my patriotism. The measures which are supported by this money are what make my country a better place to live in. They insure to me and to my children a greater security under the form of government which I have chosen. Eleanor Roosevelt
HOW DO TAX CUTS FOR CEOs HELP OUR SCHOOLS? Anonymous
All excess income should go to win the war [WWII]. Franklin D. Roosevelt
A right to impose an internal tax on the colonies, without their consent for the single purpose of revenue, is denied, a right to regulate their trade without their consent is, admitted. Daniel Dulany
The tax code is 100 years old and it looks like it. Ron Wyden
A tax on the vehicles of the fashionable ladies would do them no harm and they would be no less triumphant for it. I would like to see a useful tax on, for example, jewelry; likewise one on fashion that multiplies from morning to night and night to morning. Another tax, as wise as it is useful, could be imposed on servitude; the more valets a master keeps the more he will be taxed. A tax should be imposed on the number of horses kept, vehicles, monograms and coats of arms; a simple vehicle would symbolize a man who only keeps what is indispensable: monograms, luxury and coats of arms symbolize pride and thus should pay more than the modest and indispensable. An obvious tax, and one that has not yet been realized, is one that could be imposed on all the gambling in Paris, whether in Gaming Houses, private Residences or the Palaces of Lords and Princes. If another tax were required it would not be out of place to impose one on paintings and sculptures. Ordinary people do not have themselves painted or sculpted, nor do they decorate their apartments. A tax of this type cannot harm them nor can any of the others Olympe de Gouges
I’m getting worried. This year I’m paying eleven thousand dollars. And that’s the first time in six years that I’m paying anything. My lawyers take care of it Henry Ford II
Our tax system rewards wealth more than it does work. Tammy Baldwin
We should tax what we burn, not what we earn. Al Gore
It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion. Adam Smith
The 400 of us [the richest Americans] pay a lower part of our income in taxes than our receptionists do, or our cleaning ladies, for that matter. If you're in the luckiest 1 percent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 percent. Warren Buffett
By an equal obligation … every citizen with the same means would pay the same contributions [taxes]; the common man would not be more heavily imposed upon. Isaac Jan Alexander Gogel
In unforeseen or exceptional circumstances, the exceptional burdens placed on the national treasury can be better served by general taxes … than though new forced loans, levies, or as yet undiscovered resources, is surely incontrovertible. Isaac Jan Alexander Gogel
Without the general taxes there can be no unity, and without unity, no concentration, and without this no economies can be implemented … the country is lost. Pieter Leonard van de Kasteele
It is outrageous and a great inequality that those who already enjoy the greatest advantages from society and who therefore have the greatest interest in its maintenance should also be relieved of taxation while it is drawn instead from the more useful section of the nation …. The more well-established members can, through a relatively smaller portion of their income, support the state far more substantially than can the common man from his … dearly earned wage. Rutger Metelerkamp
He who resides in the less fortunate regions of the Republic and earns a given annual income, but because of his situation has a more restricted enjoyment of it, will pay less than someone earning the same income in the better-off parts of the Republic. Holland
It is necessary, Sire, to levy a tax which weighs equally on all those that are liable. Here. Sire, is the touchstone which the grand proprietors would like to evade … which is why their protests double the more we succeed in touching the heart of the matter. Their appeal to the people is a mask behind which they conceal their designs; they are infuriated because the [tax] law admits no distinctions and seeks equality. Isaac Jan Alexander Gogel
We need to simplify our tax code. We need to make sure that it’s not too cumbersome for people to be able to comply with. And that they don’t end up spending more money trying to file their taxes than they do actually paying in. Kristi Noem
When I buy a $3 pack of toilet paper …, I pay an extra 8.25 percent in sales tax. But if a high roller in the high frequency [stock] trade game buys $10 million worth of corporate stock, he or she pays zero tax on the sale. That’s why we need a financial transaction tax. Jim Hightower
As long as I remain in the Senate and can raise a hand to stop you, you will never touch a schedule of the Tariff Act. Mark A. Hanna
Some people who oppose a carbon tax do so only because they don’t want the government to have a big role. The irony is that by opposing it, they assure that the government will have a big role dealing with the effects of climate change Henry Paulson
Unless I am presented with evidence that the producers of oil, coal or hides were unable to compete successfully without reduction of wages, then they do not need a duty and their articles should go on the free list.. William Howard Taft
Reduction in taxes will be justified only as we can show we can succeed in bringing the budget under control.... Until we can determine the extent to which expenditures can be reduced, it would not be wise to reduce our revenues. Dwight D. Eisenhower
My tax break is your tax hike. Mario Cuomo
There is first the great question between direct taxation and loans. Shall we lay the whole burden of the contest upon the present generation, or divide it between ourselves and posterity ? By an almost universal law of our nature, money lightly gained is lightly spent: a revenue raised at the expense of posterity is sure to be squandered waste fully. Waste, as usual, begetting want, the sums raised by loans will commonly be large. Now these large sums are a mortgage on all the property, on all the industry, on all the skill and ability of a country for ever. Thomas Arnold
If the tax was persisted in, the country would be forced into open rebellion. Charles James Fox
In France, books are treated as an “essential good” like food and utilities, subject to low taxes. Mohsin Hamid
The can’t collect legal taxes from illegal money. Al Capone
Why not close loopholes that allow corporations like General Electric and Boeing to go years without paying practically anything in corporate income taxes. Robert S. McIntyre
Making the rich pay the same tax rates on their investment earnings that the rest of us pay on our earnings would be a good start [towards tax reform]. Robert S. McIntyre
You and I have to pay more to cover their tax avoidance. Jim Hightower
Corporations which use this scam [inversion] should be called out for what they are: Unpatriotic Ingrates. Jim Hightower
Paying taxes is a little coercive. William Weld
Those who make money off of money get a better deal in the Tax Code than those who make money from hard work. Chris Van Holland
We ought to find a way for government to work for the people rather then have the people work for the government. Mike Huckabee
We will spend and spend, and tax and tax, and elect and elect. Harry Hopkins
You will!! Harry Hopkins
Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise that it will last; but nothing in this world is certain but death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin
Our own laziness taxes us more than kings... Benjamin Franklin
The authority of Parliament is valid in all laws, except such as should lay internal taxes; it was never disputed in laying duties to regulate commerce; The Americans would never submit to the Stamp Act, or to any other tax on the same principle; North America would contribute to the support of Great Britain if engaged in a war in Europe Benjamin Franklin
If churches want to play the game of politics, let them pay admission like everyone else. George Carlin
The last time we made a significant change in the American Tax Code, we din't have cell phones. Joe Manchin
When you steal from the government, you steal from yourself. Garson Kanin
I have paid over $10 billion in taxes. But the government should collect even more from people like me. Bill Gates