and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time
for any of them.
--Margaret Mitchell Gone with the wind
Free. . . . .Taxed to Death
tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf
hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.
said I live in a wonderful country and should pay my taxes with
I tried that but they insisted on CASH!!
best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return.
It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
--Arthur C. Clarke
Coming to the New World
When Hernando Cortes landed in the New
World, he brought horses, soldiers and his accountant.
Recent historical research has highlighted Alonso De Avila,
who kept the books for the Cortes army. As a reward for excellent
service, he was made the first mayor of Veracruz, in what is
administration brought about the first federal income tax?
It was during the Lincoln administration in the middle
of the Civil War that the first tax on income was levied by
Congress -- in the Internal Revenue Act of 1862. The rates ranged
from 3 to 5 percent. Congress eliminated the tax in 1872.
did the federal income tax become a permanent institution?
It has been permanent since 1913, with the passage of
the 16th Amendment. As established in that year, the bottom
rate was 1 percent on taxable net income over $3,000 for an
individual, $4,000 for a married couple. The top rate, for those
making more than $500,000, was 7 percent.
government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on
the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw
avoidance means that you hire a $250,000-fee lawyer, and he
changes the word evasion into the word avoidance.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
[A tax loophole is] something that benefits the other guy. If
it benefits you, it is tax reform.
Russell B Long, US Senator
is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector?
The taxidermist takes only your skin.
governments view of the economy could be summed up in
a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving,
regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.