In honor of this week’s Tax Day (April 17th in the United States this year), here are some great quotes on the topic of taxes.
- “People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women.” ~Author Unknown
- “It’s income tax time again, Americans: time to gather up those receipts, get out those tax forms, sharpen up that pencil, and stab yourself in the aorta.” ~Dave Barry
- “America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation.” ~Laurence J. Peter
- “I’m proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money.” ~Arthur Godfrey
- “The best things in life are free, but sooner or later the government will find a way to tax them.” ~Author Unknown
- “The wages of sin are death, but after they take the taxes out, it’s more like a tired feeling, really.” ~Paula Poundstone
- “A fine is a tax for doing something wrong. A tax is a fine for doing something right.” Author Unknown
- “Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a refund from the IRS, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.” ~Author unknown
- “You don’t pay taxes – they take taxes.” ~Chris Rock
Did you know that…
- The federal tax code has increased 16,775%. In fact, according to the U.S. government, the federal tax code contains 3.8 million words, which is approximately 5 times as many words as the Bible. Political Calculations notes that the federal tax code is 71,684 pages in length.
- It’s estimated that there are twice as many tax preparers as there are police officers in the US.
- In addition to the $20 billion Americans spend each year filing taxes, Americans contribute a total of 8 billion hours each year handling their taxes.
- While 84 percent of Americans claim it is not at all acceptable to cheat on taxes, 47 percent of Americans do not even pay taxes.
Here’s a great idea for you this week. Give your accountant or CPA a call and see if you can invite him or her out to lunch or maybe meet up with them for a few beers next week once they gets done with their client’s late returns and extensions. I’m sure they’ll welcome the company of a non-tax person and it’ll be a great opportunity to say “thanks” for their hard work and efforts.
Who knows? Maybe they’ll know someone who needs to find a great use for that large tax return they just received.
Now get back to work. You’ve got to earn some income to pay that next quarterly payment.
Photo Credit: Derek Gavey, Creative Commons 2.0