Tax Quotes and Sayings

A fine is a tax for doing wrong.
A tax is a fine for doing well.

Submitted by: James Corlett on August 30, 2011

Did you ever notice that when you put the words “The” and “IRS” together, it spells “THEIRS?”

The politicians say “we” can’t afford a tax cut. Maybe we can’t afford the politicians.
-Steve Forbes

It is wrong to tax a working person almost to the breaking point, then give it to a person who is able to work but refuses to.

The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.
Albert Einstein

One thing is clear: The Founding Fathers never intended a nation where citizens would pay nearly half of everything they earn to the government.
– Ron Paul

In this world nothing is certain but death & taxes.


America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation.
– Laurence J. Peter

Taxes grow without rain.
– Jewish Proverb

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson

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

The best things in life are free, but sooner or later the government will find a way to tax them.

Taxes are paid in the sweat of every man who labors.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The power to tax is the power to destroy.
– John Marshall

Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


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

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.
Robert A. Heinlein

The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.
– Barry Goldwater

I hate paying taxes. But I love the civilization they give me.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

You don’t pay taxes – they take taxes.
Chris Rock

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.
– Frédéric Bastiat

We have what it takes to take what you have.
– Suggested IRS Motto

People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can’t live within its income.
– Robert Half

Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.
Will Rogers

Today, it takes more brains and effort to make out the income-tax form than it does to make the income.
-Alfred E. Neuman


Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
Benjamin Franklin

If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don’t get wet you can keep.
Will Rogers

Once you realize that trickle-down economics does not work, you will see the excessive tax cuts for the rich as what they are – a simple upward redistribution of income, rather than a way to make all of us richer, as we were told.
– Ha-Joon Chang,

The IRS! They’re like the Mafia, they can take anything they want!
Jerry Seinfeld

The way taxes are, you might as well marry for love.
– Joe E. Lewis

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