This [preparing my tax return] is too difficult for a mathematician. It takes a philosopher .

Albert Einstein

If you get up early, work late, and pay your taxes, you will get ahead -- if you strike oil.

J. Paul Getty

There is nothing sinister in so arranging one's affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everybody does so, rich and poor; and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.

Justice Learned Hand

The taxpayer -- that's someone who works for the government but doesn't have to take a civil service examination.

Ronald Reagan

I am proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is -- I could be just as proud for half of the money.

Arthur Godfrey

You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them . . .

Malcolm Forbes

The difficult will be done immediately, the impossible will take a little more time . .

Bruce I. Hochman

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


The power of tax is not the power to destroy while this court sits. . .

Oliver Wendell Holmes

People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women.


A taxpayer need not arrange its affairs so as to maximize taxes as long as the transaction has a legitimate business purpose.

Judge Cornelia G. Kennedy

The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has. Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you don't know when it's through if you are a crook or a martyr.

Will Rogers

In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

Theodore Roosevelt

There's nothing in the middle of the road but a yellow stripe and dead armadillos.

Jim Hightower, Texas Agricultural Commissioner

Most professionals sell their intellect. Intellect is portable and cannot be confiscated by creditors.


Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Tax Collector by Brueghel the Younger

Brueghel the Younger, The Tax Collector

Washington State tax tokens

Tax Tokens issued by the State of Washington, mid-20th Century

Russian Beard Tax token

Beard Token, indicating the Russian Beard Tax has been paid

Einstein quote about taxes

Historic Pay County Taxes sign

First US International tax treaty

First US Tax Agreement with a Foreign Nation

taxes paid 20 centuries BCE

Accounts for daily salaries sealed by high civil servant Ur-Shara ca. 2044 BCE