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Some of my favourite business and tax quotations

“If you think professionals are expensive – see how much amateurs cost you”.  – Red Adair.

“Common sense is not so common”.  – Voltaire.

The best things in life are tax free”. – Joseph Bonkowski.

“The country should have a tax system that looks like someone designed it on purpose”. – William Simon.

“Love takes many forms, but none of them are tax forms.” – .Jarod Kintz

“There is no such thing as a good tax.” – Winston Churchill.

“What at first was plunder assumed the softer name of revenue”. – Thomas Paine.

“Make sure you pay your taxes; otherwise you can get in a lot of trouble.” – Richard Nixon.

“Tax complexity itself is a kind of tax”. – Max Baucus.

“It was as true… as taxes is.  And nothing’s truer than them”. – Charles Dickens.

“Philosophy teaches a man that he can’t take it with him; taxes teach him he can’t leave it behind either”. – Mignon McLaughlin.

“Tax advisors have one of the hardest jobs in the world” – Randolph E Paul – The Harvard Law Review 1950.

“For every benefit you receive a tax is levied”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one”. – Voltaire

“All lasting business is built on friendship”. – Alfred Montapert.

“There’s nothing wrong with the younger generation that becoming taxpayers won’t cure”. – Dan Bennett.

“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell”. – Confucius.

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers.

“Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred pounds and a substantial tax cut save you thirty pence?” P.Bracken

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“Be wary of strong drink.  It can make you shoot at tax collectors… and miss.” – Robert Heinlein.

“There was death and taxes, and taxes was worse, because at least death didn’t happen to you every year.” – Terry Pratchett.

“The art of taxation consists of plucking the goose so as to obtain the most feathers with the least hissing.” – Jean-Baptiste Colbert.

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

“A penny saved is worth two pennies earned . . . after taxes”. – Randy Thurman.

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

“If you get up early, work late, and pay your taxes, you will get ahead……if you strike oil.”– J Paul Getty.

“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought”. – John F Kennedy.

“What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin”. – Mark Twain.

“The power to tax is the power to destroy.” – John Marshall.

“You don’t win a tennis match by staring at the scoreboard”. – Nick Mayhew.

“Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them.” – Margaret Mitchell.

“The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it’s just sort of a tired feeling.”  – Paula Poundstone.

“Taxation is just a sophisticated way of demanding money with menaces.” – Terry Pratchett.

“Like Mothers, taxes are often misunderstood, but seldom forgotten.” – Lord Bramwell.

“Next to being shot at and missed, nothing is really quite as satisfying as a tax refund.” – F J Raymond

“I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilisation.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes.

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is tax.” – Albert Einstein

 

And a few anonymous ones:

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else”.

“A sale is a gift until it’s paid for”.

“I don’t know if I can live on my income or not – the government won’t let me try it”.

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

“A fine is a tax for doing something wrong.  A tax is a fine for doing something right”.

“We have what it takes to take what you have.” – Suggested HMRC Motto

And even a VAT one – “If I said you had an eligible body would you hold it against me?” – MW.

I now officially have enough money to last me until I die…  (if I don’t buy anything).

If you want to set up a company and run it, then that’s your business….