Happy 100th Birthday to the American Tax Code. Here’s the Best Tax Quotes of All Time…Enjoy!

Happy 100th Birthday to the American Tax Code. Here’s the Best Tax Quotes of All Time…Enjoy!

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What do Ben Franklin, Albert Einstein and Plato have in common? All have provided memorable quotes about taxes over the last 100 years.

Since the American Tax Code is celebrating it’s 100th birthday tomorrow, it is only fitting to revisit the notable commentary provided by such a diverse collection of Americans, all with the same thing in common…paying taxes.

In honor of this auspicious day, February 16th, 1913, when  the 16th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified enabling the Federal government to collect taxes from the American people, let’s remind ourselves that this government centenarian is responsible for some of the most famous quotes  in the last 100 years.

Some quotes are funny, some are bitter, but all are worth reading.

Read below for the top 10 best tax quotes of all time  from such distinguished taxpayers as a former president, a legendary Hollywood movie star and current billionaire. Very different people but all feeling the same pain.

1.  “In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” — Ben Franklin

2. “The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.” — Albert Einstein

3. “The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.” — Mark Twain

4. “The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf.” — Will Rogers

5. “While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks.”  — Warren Buffett

6. “I have always paid income tax. I object only when it reaches a stage when I am threatened with having nothing left for my old age — which is due to start next Tuesday or Wednesday.” — Noel Coward

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

8. “Hating the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers, and cheating on your income tax.” — Mike Royko

9. “When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.”  — Plato

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