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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tax day quotes, songs, links and advice, filing an extension, and the 1967 cartoon version of The Beatles "Taxman"

Via Reason: Happy (Tax Day Edition) (lyrics here):



A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. 
~George Bernard Shaw

There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.
~James Madison

The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away.
~John S. Coleman

Here's the 1967 cartoon version of The Beatles "Taxman" - words below (actual song starts at ~2:38):


Let me tell you how it will be:
There's one for you, nineteen for me,
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman. 

Should five percent appear too small,
Be thankful I don't take it all
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman. 

If you drive a car, I'll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat.
If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet. 

Don't ask me what I want it for,
If you don't want to pay some more,
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman. 

Now my advice for you who die:
Declare the pennies on your eyes,
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman,
And you're working for no one but me. 
~The Beatles (George Harrison) ("The Taxman") 

Congress can raise taxes because it can persuade a sizable fraction of the populace that somebody else will pay.

To force a man to pay for the violation of his own liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury.
~Benjamin Tucker

The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.

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.
~Winston Churchill

Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.
~Calvin Coolidge

It would be a hard government that should tax its people one-tenth part of their income.
~Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac

What at first was plunder assumed the softer name of revenue.
~Thomas Paine

What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin. 

To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men. 
~Edmund Burke 

Civil servants and priests, soldiers and ballet dancers, schoolmasters and police constables, Greek museums and Gothic steeples, civil list and services list - the common seed within which all these fabulous beings slumber in embryo is taxation. 
~Karl Marx 

Dave Barry on preparing your own taxes: Pray For an Asteroid.

How to Pay No Taxes - advice from Business Week from 2011: Eleven shelters, dodges, and rolls—all perfectly legal—used by America's wealthiest people.

Tax implications of the zombie apocalypse.

The first modern income tax was levied in Britain between 1799 and 1816 to fund the Napoleonic wars, but it did not become permanent until 1874. Similarly the United States adopted a like measure during the Civil War, but it was not institutionalized until the ratification of the 16th amendment to the Constitution in 1913.

2 comments:

  1. why were nouveau riche twenty-something budding marxists performing a piece critical of taxation?

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  2. I, for one, am proud as an American to pay my fair share of the taxes in this country, and prouder than ever since I learned that some of the taxes I pay go for the NSA's secret monitoring of all Internet communications, which I ALSO HEARTILY SUPPORT!!!

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