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Quotations about Taxes

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.

When there's a single thief, it's robbery. When there are a thousand thieves, it's taxation.

Taxation with representation ain't so hot either.

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

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.

The United States has a system of taxation by confession.

Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents?

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.

Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.

The nation should have a tax system that looks like someone designed it on purpose.

We must care for each other more, and tax each other less.

The expenses of government, having for their object the interest of all, should be borne by everyone, and the more a man enjoys the advantages of society, the more he ought to hold himself honored in contributing to those expenses.

Anne Robert Jacques Turgot

Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors. and miss.

The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to get the most feathers with the least hissing.

Jean Baptist Colbert, attributed

What at first was plunder assumed the softer name of revenue.

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

Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believed.

Daniel Defoe, The Political History of the Devil, 1726

Our new Constitution is now established, everything seems to promise it will be durable; but, in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.

Benjamin Franklin, letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789 November 13th

Another difference between death and taxes is that you don't have to work like fury to pay for the dying you did last year.

Robert Quillen, "Oh, By the Way!" Gazette-Telegraph (Colorado), 1921 April 15th

Another difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time the legislature meets.

Robert Quillen, "Paragraphs," Lincoln Star (Nebraska), 1931 April 6th

Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.

Capital punishment: The income tax.

If the Lord loveth a cheerful giver, how he must hate the taxpayer!

John Andrew Holmes

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

Tea, coffee, spirits, laces, silks, and spice,

And sundry drugs that bear a noble price,

Are bought for little, but, ere sold, the things

Are deeply charged for duty of the king's.

George Crabbe (1754–1832), "Barnaby, the Shopman"

Taxes: Of life's two certainties, the only one for which you can get an automatic extension.

Indoors or out, no one relaxes in March, that month of wind and taxes, the wind will presently disappear, the taxes last us all the year.

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.

Man is not like other animals in the ways that are really significant: animals have instincts, we have taxes.

The purse of the people is the real seat of sensibility. Let it be drawn upon largely, and they will then listen to truths which could not excite them through any other organ.

To force a man to pay for the violation of his own liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury.

Benjamin Tucker, Instead of a Book

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

Alfred E. Neuman

A person doesn't know how much he has to be thankful for until he has to pay taxes on it.

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt

I am thankful for the taxes I pay because it means that I'm employed.

Nancie J. Carmody

Dear IRS, I am writing to you to cancel my subscription. Please remove my name from your mailing list.

Charles M. Schulz (Snoopy)

The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away.

John S. Coleman, address, Detroit Chamber of Commerce, 1956

Philosophy teaches a man that he can't take it with him; taxes teach him he can't leave it behind either.

Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

It was as true. as taxes is. And nothing's truer than them.

Death and taxes may be inevitable, but they shouldn't be related.

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

The government’s 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.

I shall never use profanity except in discussing house rent and taxes.

Our tax code is so long it makes War and Peace seem breezy.

The wages of sin are death, but after they take the taxes out, it's more like a tired feeling, really.

Rightful taxation is the price of social order. In other words, it is that portion of the citizen's property which he yields up to the government in order to provide for the protection of all the rest. It is not to be wantonly levied on the citizen, nor levied at all except in return for benefits conferred.

Journal of the Senate of the State of Ohio: Being the First Session of the Forty-Sixth General Assembly, held in the city of Columbus, commencing on December 6, 1847, Vol. XLVI, reported by Mr. Archbold

Taxation is the price which we pay for civilization.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the State of Vermont, October Session, 1851 (Report of the Committee Appointed by the Governor to Take into Consideration the Financial Affairs of the State)

Taxation is the price which civilized communities pay for the opportunity of remaining civilized.

Albert Bushnell Hart, Actual Government, 1903

I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., quoted by Felix Frankfurter, The Atlantic Monthly, October 1938 (Thanks, Garson O'Toole of!)

We are told that this is an odious and unpopular tax. I never knew a tax that was not odious and unpopular with the people who paid it.

You must pay taxes. But there's no law that says you gotta leave a tip.

Morgan Stanley advertisement

This is a question too difficult for a mathematician. It should be asked of a philosopher.

Albert Einstein, about filling out his income tax form, 1944

Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.

U.S. Internal Revenue Service: an agency modeled after the revenue raising concepts of the 19th century economist, Jesse James.

If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.

Next to being shot at and missed, nothing is really quite as satisfying as an income tax refund.

There's nothing wrong with the younger generation that becoming taxpayers won't cure.

Pothinus: "Is it possible that Caesar, the conqueror of the world, has time to occupy himself with such a trifle as our taxes?"

Caesar: "My friend, taxes are the chief business of a conqueror of the world."

George Bernard Shaw, "Caesar and Cleopatra"

There may be liberty and justice for all, but there are tax breaks only for some.

Martin A. Sullivan

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

Taxes grow without rain.

When it comes to reasoning with the IRS, there's no way, shape or form — and you wouldn't understand the form, anyway.

I don't know if I can live on my income or not — the government won't let me try it.

Bob Thaves, "Frank & Ernest"

Of all debts, men are least willing to pay their taxes; what a satire this is on government.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friends and neighbors complain that taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might the more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly.

Any tax is a discouragement and therefore a regulation so far as it goes.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Question: " I understand that Congress is considering a so-called 'flat' tax system. How would this work?" Answer: "If Congress were to pass a 'flat' tax, you'd simply pay a fixed percentage of your income, and you wouldn't have to fill out any complicated forms, and there would be no loopholes for politically connected groups, and normal people would actually understand the tax laws, and giant talking broccoli stalks would come around and mow your lawn for free, because Congress is NOT going to pass a flat tax, you pathetic fool."

The flat tax would be so simple, you could fill it out on a post card. A post card that would say, in effect, having a wonderful time; glad most of my money is here.

A fine is a tax for doing something wrong. A tax is a fine for doing something right. Author Unknown

Count the day won when, turning on its axis,

This earth imposes no additional taxes.

Franklin P. Adams

Taxation, for example, is eternally lively; it concerns nine-tenths of us more directly than either smallpox or golf, and has just as much drama in it; moreover, it has been mellowed and made gay by as many gaudy, preposterous theories.

Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.

It's about ten times the size of the Bible — and unlike the Bible, contains no good news.

Don Nickles, about the Internal Revenue Code

The payment of taxes gives a right to protection.

If we don't do something to simplify the tax system, we're going to end up with a national police force of internal revenue agents.

What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin.

Mark Twain, Notebook, 1902

The sales tax seems to be more politically acceptable than the income tax.

Raymond C. Scheppach

There is an ancient belief that the gods love the obscure and hate the obvious. Without benefit of divinity, modern men of similar persuasion draft provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Section 341 is their triumph.

Martin D. Ginsburg

All the Congress, all the accountants and tax lawyers, all the judges, and a convention of wizards all cannot tell for sure what the income tax law says.

Walter B. Wriston

The politicians say "we" can't afford a tax cut. Maybe we can't afford the politicians.

IRS: an agency modeled after the revenue-raising concepts of the 19th-century economist, Jesse James.

Abracadabra, thus we learn

The more you create, the less you earn.

The less you earn, the more you're given,

The less you lead, the more you're driven,

The more destroyed, the more they feed,

The more you pay, the more they need,

The more you earn, the less you keep,

And now I lay me down to sleep.

I pray the Lord my soul to take,

If the tax-collector hasn't got it before I wake.

Ogden Nash (1&029ndash;1971)

Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a refund from the IRS, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

Author unknown, from a Washington Post word contest

You don't pay taxes — they take taxes.

Chris Rock, Bigger and Blacker

People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can't live within its income.

Tax complexity itself is a kind of tax.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation. For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent. We, therefore. solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States.

The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies, 1776

I can give you 1040 good ways we can improve our government.

Terri Guillemets, "Forms of adulthood," 1989

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The concept of temptation bundling is a great way to find motivations for the “shoulds” of life, those activities you should get done, but continue to put off. Temptation bundling is the act of pairing an activity you look forward to, like eating a juicy cheeseburger, with an activity you’re less than enthused about, perhaps filing your taxes. The combination of the tempting activity and the dreaded activity make you feel more eager to do the dreaded activity.

I first learned about temptation bundling by, ironically, practicing temptation bundling. Fully engaged in New Year’s resolution mania, I once again am pushing myself to reach 10,000 steps a day, a challenging feat for anyone with a desk job. I live in Wisconsin, the average temperature in January is 20 degrees. This means indoor walking. As a treadmill-less person, I walk laps up and down long hallways. BORING! All the Taylor Swift and Adele music in the world couldn’t make a 20 minute lunch time walk appealing. Until I discovered podcasts. I can listen to witty conversations, learn something new, be mentally engaged and even look forward to my next walk/podcast lunch break.

During one of my first walk/podcast breaks, I began listening to Freakonomics Radio. They featured Katherine Milkman, Ph.D. She’s an assistant professor at the Wharton School. She co-authored the paper, Holding The Hunger Games Hostage at the Gym: An Evaluation of Temptation Bundling. Now this sounds like the coolest research paper ever written! Who doesn’t love The Hunger Games? Milkman and her team ran a nine week experiment to test if temptation bundling encouraged action. In their experiment, reading addictive fiction books (the tempting activity) was paired with gym attendance (the “should” activity that may require a push to do). Participants in the experiment were assigned to one of three groups. One group was assigned an iPod preloaded with four audiobooks identified as addictive, page turners, like The Hunger Games. The iPod and the audiobooks were kept at the gym and could only be used during workouts. The next group was able to download one of the suspenseful books on their own iPod. They were encouraged to listen to it only while at the gym. The third group, the control group, was given a certificate to purchase any book and given no encouragement about when or where to read the book. They were only encouraged to go to the gym.

Researchers found temptation bundling worked! Participants who had gym-only audiobook access attended the gym 51% more than the group that was only encouraged to exercise and 29% more than the group that was encouraged to restrict their audiobook listening to only at the gym.

I organically stumbled on a temptation bundle that was pretty similar to the study, listening to podcasts and walking. What other activities can I temptation bundle? Chopping veggies for the week and throwing a kitchen dance party? Or maybe grocery shopping and catching up with a friend? What do you think might pair well together?

Kate N., MS, CEAP, joined Empathia in 2005 as an EAP Counselor, then became a Performance Specialist in 2012. Kate has a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and is devoted to helping individuals determine how to make lasting changes. Prior to joining Empathia, she worked in the social work field as a case manager for Child Protective Services. Kate enjoys baking, yoga and escaping into the woods of Northern Wisconsin.

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#047: Allen Jones – A Musician’s Guide to Taxes

It’s tax time! Before you run away screaming, we’ve provided this resource to help guide you through process of properly reporting your music income to the IRS. Yes my taxesAllen Jones, from Portland Community College, stops by to break it down and aide us musicians in what is usually an ominous task. YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE: This information is provided only as a guide to point you in the right direction. Each individual has a unique tax situation, so it’s important that you seek the advice of a licensed tax preparer. In others words, don’t blame us if you get audited! Now stop procrastinating, and go do your taxes!

The form Allen has in hand for the discussion is the 1040 form. Download a copy here.

#046: Roundtable – Podcasting is good for you!

#048: Roundtable – Music is Your Business

Personally, I love this episode. Your guest was both low key and informative however, he did utter the one word that freaks most musicians out. “Business”

I hear it constantly from fellow musicians, if you aren’t having fun there’s no point in playing. If you’re in it to make a living, you’re in it for the wrong reasons, and so on.

While I agree, there’s little point in playing out if you’re not having fun at it, there’s more to it than that.

For the teen starting out, fun is enough.

For everyone else who likely has to work a day job or 3 to survive and still play out, the sad truth is, music is a business.

And all artists, weekend warrior to regular gigger to serious recording artist must remember that aspect of this endeavor because sooner than later, Fun isn’t reason enough to continue playing.

You guys need to do more episodes covering this unpopular but essential aspect of music.

Allen did a great job talking about musicians and taxes on the podcast. Our record company, Pig’s Snout Music, Oinc. (look it up in the Bible – Proverbs 11:22) is an S-Corporation that was formed to help us with revenues and expenses from shows and CD sales for my wife and son’s bands. It has been great to have the offset of deductible expenses for the 4-10 thousand we make some years. We use a professional tax guy who has always saved us in the long run. Someday, Andrew Goldring will make some real money! Keep up the informative podcast.

Hey Guys. Trevor here. Nice episode!

In 2005, while I was still working at CD Baby, I decided to write off the mileage I did for music purposes. Well, last year, I got audited for the first time, and for that specifically. It took almost a year of correspondence with the IRS to finally win my case.

They are vague as to what constitutes as a legitimate mileage log, so I printed my calendar from 2005 from my website and sent them that as well as a mileage worksheet that I put together simply by googling the distances between gigs and putting it all in a chart form. The response from one of my case workers was that “anyone can manufacture a website calendar” and that I needed more proof. I asked them what sort of proof I needed and they suggested some sort of odometer readout form oil changes, etc. Since my van ran on natural gas and didn’t need oil changes, I didn’t have this sort of proof. After doing some research, I later confirmed that an official odometer reading is not necessary to claim mileage.

Then, a new case worker changed the nature of the audit and pointed out that since I didn’t make a sizable income, that my music in 2005 was considered a hobby, not a career. I explained to them that the investment that I made in my music in 2005 has allowed me to make most of my income in 2008 from music instead of a dayjob. Any other startup business is allowed a loss in the beginning and not be considered a hobby. I still don’t understand this part f his argument, but he said that it would be an exception if I had participated in any charity events. Well, we happened to do that Katrina benefit that year, which was listed on the calendar I sent them and for some reason, it helped my case. After almost a year, and my case being transferred to about half a dozen unaccessible case workers, I finally won my case.

This is not a process I wish to go through again, though I did learn a lot about the tax system. I think it would be helpful if the IRS had a better understanding of the musician’s reality so that they don’t set up process which deters us from filing our taxes honestly.

Thanks for tackling this subject.

I agree with Robert Lee King on all accounts.

Submit tax returns with I-485: yes/no

Can folks here enlighten me as to whether you had filed tax returns or not and if not, received RFEs for the same? Also just the 2 pages of 1040 or the whole document?

Can folks here enlighten me as to whether you had filed tax returns or not and if not, received RFEs for the same? Also just the 2 pages of 1040 or the whole document?

RFE for taxes returns is very rare. One can send when he gets RFE.

1) There is no requirement to send Tax returns for EB Green Card application(s), My attorney did not ask, I have not sent. I field 485 in Aug/2007

2) If your attorney is asking, they might have seen RFE in past for sizable number of applications, no harm in sending them, Unless you have some issues with your past 3-years income level?

1) There is no requirement to send Tax returns for EB Green Card application(s), My attorney did not ask, I have not sent. I field 485 in Aug/2007

2) If your attorney is asking, they might have seen RFE in past for sizable number of applications, no harm in sending them, Unless you have some issues with your past 3-years income level?

My attorney says, I need 3 years federal income tax returns AND ITS MANDATORY. I know it is not required as per USCIS initial evidence checklist.

My problem is, My joint tax returns are not consistent ( 2008/65K. worked only for 5 months, 2009/103K and 2010/135K). Will this raise any flag if I submit my returns. I want to find another lawyer who is not stressing on tax returns. I know lawyers want to submit every doc linked to the case in order to avoid RFE. I'm in a confusion what to do now? Do I have to submit and risk any RFE or not submit and wait for the USCIS response.

I'm leaning towards not submit my returns unless until they ask.

I know couple of my friends who got their Green cards and EAD, did not submit their tax returns.

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