Steve Bruhn, CPA

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Celebrity Tax Quotes

“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

“Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.”–Herman Wouk

“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

“A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.”–G. Gordon Liddy

“The taxpayer: that’s someone who works for the federal government, but doesn’t have to take a civil service examination.”–Ronald Reagan

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

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

“This is too difficult for a mathematician. It takes a philosopher. The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”–Albert Einstein

“The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”–Will Rogers

“In 1790, the nation which had fought a revolution against taxation without representation discovered that some of its citizens weren’t much happier about taxation with representation.”–Lyndon B. Johnson

“Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents?”–Peg Bracken

“You must pay taxes. But there’s no law that says you gotta leave a tip.”–Morgan Stanley advertisement

"In considering all the ramifications of an audit, taxpayers and their advisors should keep things in perspective. Taxes and audits go back to the dawn of history. In fact, some of the earliest historical records in existence are written on clay tablets from the Sumerian civilization that flourished in Mesopotamia more than 4,000 years ago. Most of those writings deal with economic matters, largely the imposition of tax on grain, barley, and hops used in making beer. Taxpayers should keep that in mind the next time they sit down late at night with a pile of tax receipts and pop open a beer. They are participating in a long and respected historical tradition." - Unknown