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Tax Quotes

When it comes to taxes, everyone has an opinion. These quotes reflect the opinions of their authors; their inclusion here is not an official IRS endorsement of the sentiments expressed.

"Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.'' — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court Justice

"The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government.'' — James Madison, U.S. President

"To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men." —  Edmund Burke, 18th Century Irish political philosopher and British statesman

“I am proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is – I could be just as proud for half the money.” — Arthur Godfrey, entertainer

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

"No government can exist without taxation. This money must necessarily be levied on the people; and the grand art consists of levying so as not to oppress.'' — Frederick the Great, 18th Century Prussian king

"Like mothers, taxes are often misunderstood, but seldom forgotten.'' — Lord Bramwell, 19th Century English jurist

"The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.'' — Arthur C. Clarke, author

"Next to being shot at and missed, nothing is really quite as satisfying as an income tax refund.” — F. J. Raymond, humorist

A tax loophole is "something that benefits the other guy. If it benefits you, it is tax reform.'' 
— Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator

"Few of us ever test our powers of deduction, except when filling out an income tax form.'' 
— Laurence J. Peter, author

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

“Taxation with representation ain’t so hot either.” — Gerald Barzan, humorist

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

“Income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf.” — Will Rogers, humorist

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2012 income tax Index A Abortion, Abortion Acupuncture, Acupuncture Adopted child's medical expenses, Adopted child. 2012 income tax AGI limitation, Introduction, Community property states. 2012 income tax Alcoholism, Alcoholism Ambulances, Ambulance Archer MSAs Health coverage tax credit, How To Take the Credit Medical expenses paid for decedent from, Decedent Artificial limbs, Artificial Limb Artificial teeth, Artificial Teeth Aspirin, Nonprescription Drugs and Medicines Assistance (see Tax help) Assisted living homes, Nursing Home Athletic club dues, Health Club Dues Automobiles (see Cars) B Baby sitting, Baby Sitting, Childcare, and Nursing Services for a Normal, Healthy Baby Bandages, Bandages Basis Medical equipment or property (Worksheet D), Worksheet D. 2012 income tax Adjusted Basis of Medical Equipment or Property Sold Birth control pills, Birth Control Pills Body scan, Body Scan Braille books and magazines, Braille Books and Magazines Breast pumps and supplies, Breast Pumps and Supplies Breast reconstruction surgery, Breast Reconstruction Surgery C Calculation of deduction, What If You Are Reimbursed for Medical Expenses You Did Not Deduct? Capital expenses, Capital Expenses Improvements to rented property, Improvements to property rented by a person with a disability. 2012 income tax Operation and upkeep, Operation and upkeep. 2012 income tax Worksheet A, Capital expense worksheet. 2012 income tax Cars, Car Out-of-pocket expenses, Car expenses. 2012 income tax Standard medical mileage rates, Car expenses. 2012 income tax Child care, Baby Sitting, Childcare, and Nursing Services for a Normal, Healthy Baby Children's medical expenses Adopted child, Adopted child. 2012 income tax Dependents, Dependent Chiropractor, Chiropractor Christian Scientist practitioner, Christian Science Practitioner Chronically ill persons, Chronically ill individual. 2012 income tax COBRA assistance Recapture of COBRA premium assistance, Worksheet F. 2012 income tax Recapture of COBRA Premium Assistance for Higher Income Taxpayers COBRA premium assistance, COBRA Premium Assistance Community property states, Community property states. 2012 income tax Computer banks to track medical information, Medical Information Plan Contact lenses, Contact Lenses Controlled substances, Controlled Substances Cosmetic surgery, Cosmetic Surgery Credit (see Health coverage tax credit) Crutches, Crutches D Dancing lessons, Dancing Lessons Decedent's medical expenses, Decedent, What if you pay medical expenses of a deceased spouse or dependent? Deductible amount, How Much of the Expenses Can You Deduct? Deductible expenses, Whose Medical Expenses Can You Include?, X-ray Definition of medical expenses Doctor, What Are Medical Expenses? Physician, What Are Medical Expenses? Dental treatment, Dental Treatment Artificial teeth, Artificial Teeth Teeth whitening, Teeth Whitening Dentures, Artificial Teeth Dependent's medical expenses Adopted child, Adopted child. 2012 income tax Multiple support agreement, Support claimed under a multiple support agreement. 2012 income tax Qualifying child, Dependent Qualifying relative, Dependent Dependents Disabled dependent care, Disabled Dependent Care Expenses, Dependents with disabilities. 2012 income tax Diagnostic devices, Diagnostic Devices Diaper services, Diaper Service Disabilities, persons with Dependent care expenses, Disabled Dependent Care Expenses, Dependents with disabilities. 2012 income tax Improvements to rented property, Improvements to property rented by a person with a disability. 2012 income tax Special education, Special Education Divorced taxpayers Medical expenses of child, Child of divorced or separated parents. 2012 income tax Drug addiction, Drug Addiction Drugs (see Medicines) Dues Health club, Health Club Dues E Education, special, Special Education Electrolysis, Cosmetic Surgery Employer-sponsored health insurance plans, Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Plan Employment taxes, Employment taxes. 2012 income tax Excluded expenses Insurance premiums, Insurance Premiums You Cannot Include Eye surgery, Eye Surgery Eyeglasses, Eyeglasses F Fertility enhancement Eggs, temporary storage of, Fertility Enhancement Fertility, Fertility Enhancement In vitro fertilization, Fertility Enhancement Figuring the deduction, How Do You Figure and Report the Deduction on Your Tax Return? Final return for decedent Medical expenses paid, Decedent Flexible spending account, Flexible Spending Account Food (see Weight-loss programs) Form 1040 Health coverage tax credit, How To Take the Credit Self-employed persons, health insurance costs, Health Insurance Costs for Self-Employed Persons Form 1040, Schedule A Impairment-related work expenses, Where to report. 2012 income tax Medical and dental expenses, Introduction, What Tax Form Do You Use? Self-employed persons, health insurance costs, Health Insurance Costs for Self-Employed Persons Form 1040, Schedule C Impairment-related work expenses, Where to report. 2012 income tax Form 1040, Schedule C-EZ Impairment-related work expenses, Where to report. 2012 income tax Form 1040, Schedule E Impairment-related work expenses, Where to report. 2012 income tax Form 1040, Schedule F Impairment-related work expenses, Where to report. 2012 income tax Form 1040NR Health coverage tax credit, How To Take the Credit Form 1040X Amended return, What Expenses Can You Include This Year? Deceased taxpayer, What if the decedent's return had been filed and the medical expenses were not included? Form 1099-H Self-employed persons, health insurance costs, Health Insurance Costs for Self-Employed Persons Form 2106 Impairment-related work expenses, Where to report. 2012 income tax Form 2106-EZ Impairment-related work expenses, Where to report. 2012 income tax Form 2555 Self-employed persons, health insurance costs, Health Insurance Costs for Self-Employed Persons Form 2555-EZ Self-employed persons, health insurance costs, Health Insurance Costs for Self-Employed Persons Form 8453 Health coverage tax credit, How To Take the Credit Form 8885 Health coverage tax credit, How To Take the Credit Self-employed persons, health insurance costs, Health Insurance Costs for Self-Employed Persons Founder's fee (see Lifetime care, advance payments) Free tax services, Free help with your tax return. 2012 income tax Funeral expenses, Funeral Expenses Future medical care, Payments for future medical care. 2012 income tax , Future Medical Care G Glasses, Eyeglasses Guide dog or other animal, Guide Dog or Other Service Animal H Hair Removal, Cosmetic Surgery Transplants, Cosmetic Surgery Wigs, Wig Health club dues, Health Club Dues Health coverage tax credit, Health Coverage Tax Credit Advanced payments, Monthly HCTC Alternative TAA recipient, Health Coverage Tax Credit Archer MSAs, How To Take the Credit Both spouses eligible, Qualifying Family Member Children of divorced parents, Health Coverage Tax Credit, Qualifying Family Member Eligible coverage month, Eligible Coverage Month Insurance that covers other individuals, Insurance that covers other individuals. 2012 income tax Legally separated, Legally separated. 2012 income tax Married persons filing separate returns, Qualifying Family Member Monthly HCTC, Monthly HCTC Nonqualified health insurance, Nonqualified Health Insurance Other specified coverage Benefits from the Veterans Administration, Other Specified Coverage Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) recipient, Health Coverage Tax Credit Qualified health insurance, Qualified Health Insurance Qualifying family member, Qualifying Family Member Reimbursement credit, Monthly HCTC Reporting, How To Take the Credit State-qualified health insurance, State-qualified health insurance. 2012 income tax TAA recipient, Health Coverage Tax Credit Yearly HCTC, Yearly HCTC Health Coverage Tax Credit Alternative TAA recipient, Who Can Take This Credit? PBGC pension payee, Who Can Take This Credit? TAA recipient, Who Can Take This Credit? Health institutes, Health Institute Health insurance Credit (see Health coverage tax credit) Employer-sponsored plan, Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Plan Premiums Deductible, Insurance Premiums Nondeductible, Insurance Premiums You Cannot Include Paid by employer, Premiums paid by your employer. 2012 income tax Paid by employer and you, Premiums paid by you and your employer. 2012 income tax Paid by you, Premiums paid by you. 2012 income tax Prepaid, Prepaid Insurance Premiums Unused sick leave used to pay, Unused Sick Leave Used To Pay Premiums Reimbursements (see Reimbursements) Self-employed persons, Health Insurance Costs for Self-Employed Persons Health maintenance organizations (HMOs), Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) Health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), Health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). 2012 income tax Health savings accounts (HSAs) Payments from, Health Savings Accounts Hearing aids, Hearing Aids Hearing-impaired persons Guide dog or other animal for, Guide Dog or Other Service Animal Help (see Tax help) HMOs (Health maintenance organizations), Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) Home care (see Nursing services) Home improvements (see Capital expenses:) Hospital services, Hospital Services Hotels, Lodging Household help, Household Help HRAs (Health reimbursement arrangements), Health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). 2012 income tax I Illegal operations and treatments, Illegal Operations and Treatments Illegal substances, Controlled Substances Impairment-related work expenses, Workers' compensation. 2012 income tax , Impairment-related expenses defined. 2012 income tax Reporting of, Where to report. 2012 income tax Insulin, Nonprescription Drugs and Medicines Insurance (see Health insurance) Intellectually and developmentally disabled persons Mentally retarded, Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled, Special Home for Special homes for, Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled, Special Home for L Laboratory fees, Laboratory Fees Lactation expenses (see Breast pumps and supplies) Laser eye surgery, Eye Surgery Lead-based paint removal, Lead-Based Paint Removal Learning disabilities, Special Education Legal fees, Legal Fees Lessons, dancing and swimming, Dancing Lessons Lifetime care Advance payments for, Lifetime Care—Advance Payments Lodging, Lodging, Trips (see also Trips) Long-term care, Long-Term Care Chronically ill individuals, Chronically ill individual. 2012 income tax Maintenance and personal care services, Maintenance and personal care services. 2012 income tax Qualified insurance contracts, Qualified Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts Qualified services, Qualified Long-Term Care Services M Maintenance and personal care services, Maintenance and personal care services. 2012 income tax Maternity clothes, Maternity Clothes Meals, Meals, Weight-Loss Program (see also Weight-loss programs) Medical conferences, Medical Conferences Medical equipment or property Adjusted basis (Worksheet D), Worksheet D. 2012 income tax Adjusted Basis of Medical Equipment or Property Sold Medical expense records, What Tax Form Do You Use? Medical information plans, Medical Information Plan Medical savings accounts (MSAs), Medical Savings Account (MSA) Medicare Medicare A, deductible expense, Medicare A Medicare B, deductible expense, Medicare B Medicare D, deductible expense, Medicare D Medicines, Medicines Imported, Imported medicines and drugs. 2012 income tax , Medicines and Drugs From Other Countries Nonprescription drugs and medicines, Nonprescription Drugs and Medicines Missing children, photographs of in IRS publications, Reminders Multiple support agreement, Support claimed under a multiple support agreement. 2012 income tax N Nondeductible expenses, What Expenses Are Not Includible?, Weight-Loss Program Nonprescription drugs and medicines, Nonprescription Drugs and Medicines Nursing homes, Nursing Home Nursing services, Nursing Services, Baby Sitting, Childcare, and Nursing Services for a Normal, Healthy Baby Chronically ill individuals, Chronically ill individual. 2012 income tax Nutritional supplements Natural medicines, Nutritional Supplements O Operations, Operations Cosmetic surgery, Cosmetic Surgery Eye surgery, Eye Surgery Illegal operations and treatments, Illegal Operations and Treatments Optometrist, Optometrist Optometrist services, Eyeglasses Organ donors, Transplants Osteopath, Osteopath Oxygen, Oxygen P Paint removal, for lead-based, Lead-Based Paint Removal Parking fees and tolls, Car expenses. 2012 income tax Personal injury damages, Damages for Personal Injuries Personal use items, Personal Use Items Photographs of missing children in IRS publications, Reminders Physical examination, Physical Examination Physical therapy, Therapy Plastic surgery, Cosmetic Surgery Pregnancy test kit, Pregnancy Test Kit Premiums (see Health insurance) Prepaid insurance premiums, Prepaid Insurance Premiums Prosthesis, Artificial Limb Psychiatric care, Psychiatric Care Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalysis Psychologists, Psychologist Publications (see Tax help) R Radial keratotomy, Eye Surgery Recordkeeping, What Tax Form Do You Use? Rehabilitation facilities, Nursing Home Reimbursements, How Do You Treat Reimbursements?, What If You Are Reimbursed for Medical Expenses You Did Not Deduct? Excess includible in income More than one policy (Worksheet C), More than one policy. 2012 income tax One policy (Worksheet B), Worksheet B. 2012 income tax Excess Reimbursement Includible in Income When You Have Only One Policy Excess may be taxable (Figure 1), What If Your Insurance Reimbursement Is More Than Your Medical Expenses? Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), Health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). 2012 income tax Insurance, Insurance Reimbursement, What If Your Insurance Reimbursement Is More Than Your Medical Expenses? Medical expenses not deducted, What If You Receive Insurance Reimbursement in a Later Year? More than one policy, More than one policy. 2012 income tax Received in later year, What If You Are Reimbursed for Medical Expenses You Did Not Deduct? Rental property Improvements to, Improvements to property rented by a person with a disability. 2012 income tax Reporting Health coverage tax credit, How To Take the Credit Impairment-related work expenses, Where to report. 2012 income tax Medical and dental expenses, What If You Are Reimbursed for Medical Expenses You Did Not Deduct? Medical deduction (see Form 1040, Schedule A) Self-employed persons, health insurance costs, Health Insurance Costs for Self-Employed Persons S Sale of medical equipment or property, Sale of Medical Equipment or Property Adjusted basis (Worksheet D), Worksheet D. 2012 income tax Adjusted Basis of Medical Equipment or Property Sold Schedules (see Form 1040) Seeing-eye dogs, Guide Dog or Other Service Animal Self-employed persons Health coverage tax credit, How To Take the Credit Health insurance costs, Health Insurance Costs for Self-Employed Persons Senior housing, Nursing Home Separate returns Community property states, Community property states. 2012 income tax Medical and dental expenses, Separate returns. 2012 income tax Separated taxpayers Health coverage tax credit, Legally separated. 2012 income tax Medical expenses of child, Child of divorced or separated parents. 2012 income tax Service animals, Guide Dog or Other Service Animal Sick leave Used to pay health insurance premiums, Unused Sick Leave Used To Pay Premiums Special education, Special Education Spouse's medical expenses, Spouse Deceased spouse, What if you pay medical expenses of a deceased spouse or dependent? Sterilization, Sterilization Stop-smoking programs, Stop-Smoking Programs Surgery (see Operations) Swimming lessons, Dancing Lessons T Tables and figures Medical equipment or property Adjusted basis (Worksheet D), Worksheet D. 2012 income tax Adjusted Basis of Medical Equipment or Property Sold Reimbursements, excess includible in income More than one policy (Worksheet C), More than one policy. 2012 income tax One policy (Worksheet B), Worksheet B. 2012 income tax Excess Reimbursement Includible in Income When You Have Only One Policy Reimbursements, excess may be taxable (Figure 1), What If Your Insurance Reimbursement Is More Than Your Medical Expenses? Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Teeth Artificial, Artificial Teeth Dental treatment, Dental Treatment Whitening, Teeth Whitening Telephone, Telephone Television, Television Therapy, Therapy Transplants, Transplants Travel and transportation expenses, Transportation Car expenses, Car expenses. 2012 income tax Includible expenses, You can include:, Transportation expenses you cannot include. 2012 income tax Parking fees and tolls, Car expenses. 2012 income tax Trips, Trips TTY/TDD information, How To Get Tax Help Tuition, Tuition V Vasectomy, Vasectomy Veterinary fees, Veterinary Fees Vision correction surgery, Eye Surgery Visually impaired persons Guide dog or other animal for, Guide Dog or Other Service Animal Vitamins or minerals, Nutritional Supplements Voluntary Employee's Beneficiary Association (VEBA) Qualified health insurance, Voluntary Employee's Beneficiary Association (VEBA) W Weight-loss programs, Weight-Loss Program, Weight-Loss Program What's new COBRA continuous coverage, What's New Health coverage tax credit, What's New Standard medical mileage rate, What's New Wheelchairs, Wheelchair Wigs, Wig Work expenses Disabled dependent care, Disabled Dependent Care Expenses Impairment-related, Impairment-Related Work Expenses Workers' compensation, Workers' compensation. 2012 income tax Worksheets Capital expenses (Worksheet A), Capital expense worksheet. 2012 income tax Medical equipment or property Adjusted basis (Worksheet D), Worksheet D. 2012 income tax Adjusted Basis of Medical Equipment or Property Sold Reimbursements, excess includible in income More than one policy (Worksheet C), More than one policy. 2012 income tax One policy (Worksheet B), Worksheet B. 2012 income tax Excess Reimbursement Includible in Income When You Have Only One Policy X X-rays, X-ray Prev  Up     Home   More Online Publications