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Fact or Fiction?: The IRS has Suspended Use of the IRS efile PIN to efile your Tax Return

This is a fact. The IRS is no longer giving the option to obtain online and enter IRS eFile PINs to efile tax returns. You will need to enter your prior-year Adjusted Gross Income, or AGI to verify your identity with the IRS. If you do not know your AGI from last year and you do not have a copy of your last year's return, you can get the information online or get transcript of your prior year return from the IRS.

Real or Scam?: Is the Call You Received Really From the IRS?

The phone call is a scam. Many people have reported receiving phone calls from the IRS Fraud Division. The caller typically asks for personal information, or tells the victim that they have to send money to the IRS and provides an address.

The IRS has reported that the scam has targeted many recent immigrants, but that other people are at risk for it as well. The callers provide fake IRS identification badge numbers and alter caller ID screen displays to make it appear they are from the IRS. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Victims may also be told they have a refund due to try and trick them into sharing private information.

The IRS notes that there are a few easy ways to tell when someone is impersonating the IRS:

  • The IRS never calls you initially; you will receive a notice via certified mail first.
  • The IRS never demands immediate payment, and all tax bills are mailed.
  • Taxpayers always have the right to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • The IRS never requires specific payment methods like a prepaid debit card.
  • The IRS never asks for credit card or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • The IRS will never threaten to call local police or law enforcement groups to arrest you for not paying.

Be very wary if you are contacted this way and report any phone calls such as these to the IRS directly.

Some tax scams involve convincing people to make fraudulent, or "frivolous", tax claims. Find out our top 5 frivolous arguments against income taxes.


Is the IRS Slipping on Tax Collections?

According to a recent report from IRS auditor Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), that may be the case. The report states that 57% of the time, IRS workers do not follow all the necessary procedures to collect unpaid taxes worth $6.7 billion (such as tracing mailing addresses, motor vehicles, and court records). The TIGTA also added that required Notices of Federal Tax Lien were not sent to taxpayers 7% of the time. The IRS responded to the report saying they were not able to collect the taxes because it couldn't find the taxpayers to verify any records to complete the procedures and send notices to them. Therefore, you may be part of the 43% exception group if you received an IRS notice about your back taxes.

Did you receive a notice or audit from the IRS? Don't panic! Review our IRS Tax Notice, Tax Return Audit, and Audit Appeals guide for step-by-step instructions on what to do about it!


IRS Pays Whistle-Blower $104 Million

Usually, crimes don't pay. However, for a former banker serving two and a half years in prison for tax evasion, it did. The IRS paid Bradley C. Birkenfeld a $104 million reward for disclosing information on the Swiss banking system, known to be a secret tax haven for Americans. This allowed the U.S. Treasury to collect unpaid taxes worth billions of dollars.

Related tax evasion stories

Gone Phishing - Don't Fall for Fake IRS emails

The IRS has warned of a new wave of email phishing scams, where honest taxpayers are lured into providing personal information by email to criminals posing as the IRS. These scams are simple to avoid, because the IRS never initiates contact by email. The IRS only communicates by regular mail, or by phone if you call them. Do not reply to any email purporting to be from the IRS.

Disaster Victims Still Have Time to file

Did you miss the extended tax deadline due to one of this season's natural disasters? If so, don't worry. Tax extension filers who live in federally declared disaster areas may have extra time to file this year. The IRS has extended the final tax filing deadline for many of these disaster victims.

Find out more about extended tax deadlines for disaster victims.

Extension Filers: efile or File by Oct. 15, 2018 Even if You Can't Pay

If you can't afford to pay your tax bill by April 18, don't let that stop you from filing your return by October 15 if you filed an extension! Why? Because the IRS penalty for filing late is literally 10 times worse than the penalty for paying your taxes late.

Find out the details of IRS penalties for not filing and not paying.

And remember that electronic filing (efiling) is faster and more reliable than paper filing.

Paying for After-School Child Care?

Now that the kids have gone back to school, your child care situation may have changed. Be sure to keep track of your after-school care expenses--up to 35% of these expenses may be covered by the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit.

How Do You Deduct Disaster Losses?

The estimates of Hurricane Irene's total damage are topping $7 billion. If your property was damaged by the hurricane, you may be able to deduct disaster losses that exceed 10% of your AGI. Your loss may qualify if the amount is greater than $100.

To claim disaster losses, you need to itemize deductions and file Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts. You can prepare and efile this form with your tax return on

Texas Strip Club "Pole Tax" Upheld

Texas strip club owners were fighting the "pole tax", saying it violated their first amendment rights, but the Texas Supreme Court has upheld the state's Sexually Oriented Business Fee Act, which imposes a $5 per patron tax on any establishment featuring nudity and alcohol. Learn about other strange taxes from the U.S. and from around the world.

Student Taxes 101

Many college students may be facing their first income tax returns this year and have a lot of questions on their minds. Do I even have to file a tax return? What student tax breaks are available to me? Is my scholarship money taxable? Find out the answers to all of your student tax questions in our comprehensive guide to student income taxes and how to file a tax return.

Have You Heard about the Famous Tax Evader Who...?

It is amazing what some rich and famous tax evaders thought they could get away with. Just recently, a professional race car driver blamed his failure to pay $80 million in taxes on an old brain injury. Read about him and other famous tax cheaters and tax evaders.

Do You Pay Sales Tax Online?

One reason a lot of people enjoy shopping online is because they usually don't have to pay state sales taxes. Well, in 7 states, you might have to pay sales taxes for online purchases, depending on where the vendor or certain of its assets is physically located. Those states are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. But if the bill called the "Main Street Fairness Act" gets voted into law by Congress, all online purchases may become subject to state sales taxes. With an estimated $24 billion in lost revenue at stake, this is an important issue for all states. We will keep you updated as the story unfolds...

August Sales Tax Holidays

In order to stimulate sluggish summer commerce, a bunch of states are having sales tax holidays this August (on certain goods). Here are the states and the dates:

  • Alabama (Aug 5-7)
  • Arkansas (Aug 6-7)
  • Connecticut (Aug 21-27)
  • Florida (Aug 12-14)
  • Iowa (Aug 5-6)
  • Louisiana (Aug 5-6)
  • Maryland (Aug 14-20)
  • Missouri (Aug 5-7)
  • New Mexico (Aug 5-7)
  • North Carolina (Aug 5-7)
  • Oklahoma (Aug 5-7)
  • South Carolina (Aug 5-7)
  • Tennessee (Aug 5-7)
  • Texas (Aug 19-21)
  • Virginia (Aug 5-7)

More Relief for Innocent Spouses

An "innocent spouse", in tax terms, is one who is not responsible for their spouse's or ex-spouse's tax debts from a previously filed joint return. There was a 2-year limit on all requests for innocent spouse relief, even if your spouse had lied to you or been abusive--but the IRS has lifted the limit for new and pending "equitable relief requests".

Learn more about innocent spouse relief.

Follow-Up: A Baseball Fan's Taxes

The goodwill of the fan who caught and returned Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit baseball has been recognized again. Since the Yankees gave him memorabilia worth over $150,000, other companies have come forward to pile on the gifts. Modell's and Steiner Sports have both stepped up to the plate with cash rewards, and Miller High Life has offered to pay the fan's taxes on all of the great stuff he has been given. Though some still believe that the fan's rewards should not be subject to income taxes, only to gift taxes...

What's the Weirdest Tax Deduction You Ever Heard of?

Pet moving expenses? Clarinet lessons? The cost of beer? Find out about these and other unusual but legitimate tax deductions.

Have You Seen the President's Tax Return?

Have you ever wondered what the President's tax return looks like? Since Nixon, the income tax return of the President of the United States has traditionally been made public knowledge. View the Presidents' Tax Returns and historic tax return forms.

Derek Jeter's 3,000th Hit Baseball - Taxable Income or Gift?

The fan who caught the 3,000th baseball hit by Derek Jeter returned the the historic (and instantly valuable) ball to the Yankees, but he was given a collection of memorabilia and some front-row tickets in return. The IRS may expect the fan to pay income taxes on the fair market value of the items he received. But some tax experts believe that the items he received should be considered non-taxable gifts.

Deduct Summer Camp Expenses

Did you know that the cost of sending your child to day camp during the summer can be deductible? You may be able to count summer camp expenses toward the Child and Dependent Care Credit.

See other great summertime tax tips.

One Billion efiled Tax Returns

June, 2011, marks the milestone of one billion federal tax returns filed electronically since the IRS-efile program was launched in 1986. As of June, 2011, almost 80% of all individual 2010 Tax Returns had been securely efiled.

Find out the latest efile tax return and direct deposit statistics.


How Much We're All Working for the Government

April 19, 2018 was will be Tax Freedom Day®. On that day Americans will have earned enough money to pay for their federal, state and local tax obligations. In other words, for 102 days, from 01/01 - 04/12, we are all just working for the government.


Tax Audits Are Up for Upper Income Groups

If your income is above $10 million you are more likely to be audited. Statistics shows that tax audits for higher income earners has increased in the last 4 years. In other words, one in five of America's wealthiest households (or 18.5%) get audited every year. More tax audit statistics.


Average Federal Tax Refund for 2011 Tax Season: $2,985

According to the latest IRS data, the average taxpayer's Federal Tax Refund for the 2011 Tax Season is $2,985. What do most American taxpayers do with their tax refunds? According to a recent survey, 37% of taxpayers would spend their tax refunds; 31% would save some of their refund money; 19% would pay down debt; and a small percentage would put that money into their retirement accounts or their kid's or grandkid's college savings accounts. What would you do?

TIP: The average credit card interest rate for 2010-2011 is 14.43%, so it may be a good idea for you to use your tax refund to pay off your credit card debt -- you could realize a net gain of 14.43%. That is a much better return than the average 0.62% yield from a money market account. There is no tax advantage to holding this debt, since credit card debt cannot be deducted on your tax return next year. Furthermore, paying it off would improve your credit score! Check your tax refund status.


Did You Live in the United Kingdom? You Might Qualify for a UK Tax Rebate

Every year, many US citizens live in the United Kingdom to work or to study. Many Americans travel on a temporary basis – on a short term visa, or to complete a university course - before returning home. If you worked or studied in the UK, you very well may have paid some income taxes while you were there. The good news is that when you return to the United States, you may be eligible for a tax rebate for the taxes you paid to the United Kingdom. Find out more details (and if you might qualify for) UK Tax Rebate.


Undelivered Tax Refund Checks Total $164.6 Million

Every year the IRS has thousands of refund checks returned to them because of incorrect mailing addresses. This year 111,893 taxpayers are due a refund which has gone undelivered because the IRS has the wrong address on file. The average amount of these refund checks is $1,471, which is 28% higher than last year's returned check average. The IRS recommends using electronic filing and direct deposit to ensure the proper delivery of your tax refund money. Using efile paired with direct deposit will also guarantee a faster refund.

Find out how to claim your undelivered tax refund check.


Tax Fact: Your Taxes and the Federal Government Debt

Did you know that the US Gov. is adding about $170 Million more debt per hour or about $2.8 Million per minute!

Total US Government Debt as of 10/28/2010: $13,673,749,566,734.10

Tax Humor: "You don't pay taxes. They take taxes." -Chris Rock


Tax Rumor: No Payroll Tax Holiday for Employers?

The Congressional Budget Office says a payroll tax holiday would be a more effective stimulus for the economy than a decrease in the income tax. If employers got a break on employment taxes, they would probably be more likely to start hiring again--and decreasing unemployment may be the only sure way to get the economy rolling again. So why are both parties in Congress stuck on debating the Bush-era tax cuts? Because a payroll tax holiday would temporarily increase the deficit, and that is seen as political suicide.


New Federal Tax Lien Relief

The IRS has implemented an expedited process that will make it easier for financially distressed homeowners to avoid a federal tax lien that would block the refinancing of a mortgage or the sale of a home.

Learn more about tax liens on mortgages and federal tax lien relief


Tax Consequences of Bankruptcy and Insolvency

This year has been financially brutal for many taxpayers. It is important to know the tax ramifications of bankruptcy or insolvency.

Learn more about bankruptcy and insolvency


Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act

The IRS has reassured homeowners that although mortgage workouts and foreclosures can have tax consequences, special relief provisions can often reduce or eliminate the tax consequences for financially-strapped taxpayers who have lost their homes. If you find that you owe additional tax due to a home foreclosure or mortgage refinancing, you may request a payment agreement with the IRS. In some cases, eligible taxpayers may qualify to settle their debt for less than the full amount through an offer-in-compromise.

Learn more about canceled or forgiven debt and mortgage debt relief


Report Foreign Income

The IRS and U.S. Treasury have released tax guidance for United States citizens and residents living and/or working abroad.

Learn more about earning foreign income and paying foreign taxes


Need a Copy of an old W-2?

If you are still working for the same employer, simply request the W-2 from them. If the W-2 is from a previous employer, you may call 800-829-3676. You will need to provide as much information as you have about the employer from whom you need the W-2 (even if they have gone out of business). In addition, you may want to call the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 800-772-1213 for help with obtaining wage information and other W-2 data.


Poker Tournament Winnings Must Be Reported to the IRS

Casinos and other sponsors of poker tournaments are generally required to report gambling winnings to the Internal Revenue Service. This requirement was designed to clear up confusion about the tax reporting rules that apply to poker tournaments. In recent years, some casinos and players have been confused over whether poker tournament sponsors who hold the money for participants in a poker tournament are required to report the winnings to the IRS and withhold tax on the winnings. Winners are also frequently confused about whether they have to pay taxes on their winnings and about how much they must report.

Learn more about reporting and paying taxes on gambling winnings


IRS Warns of New Email Scams

The IRS has alerted taxpayers to the latest versions of an email scam intended to fool people into believing they are under investigation by the agency's Criminal Investigation division. The email purports to be from the IRS and falsely states that the person is under a criminal probe for submitting a false tax return to the California Franchise Board. The email seeks to entice people to click on a link or open an attachment to learn more information about the complaint against them. The IRS warned people that the email link and attachment is a Trojan Horse that can take over the person's computer hard drive and allow someone to have remote access to the computer. The IRS states that they will never initiate contact with any taxpayer via email. You should generally not even open an email that purports to be sent from the IRS.

Learn more about email scams


Doing your own income tax return is a lot like a do-it-yourself mugging.

Ambition in America is still rewarded . . . with high taxes.

America is the land of opportunity. Everybody can become a taxpayer.

It's hard to believe America was founded to avoid high taxation.

Americans are now in a daze from intaxication.

We often wonder if automation will ever replace the taxpayer.

There was a time when $200.00 was the down-payment on a car; now it's the sales tax.

There is no tax on brains; the take would be too small.

The tax collectors take up so much of your earnings to balance the budget that you just can't budget the balance.

If my business gets much worse, I won't have to lie on my next tax return.

Capital Punishment: Congress comes up with a new tax.

Drive carefully. Uncle Sam needs every taxpayer he can get.

Children may be deductible, but they are still taxing.

There is no child so bad that he/she can't be used as an income tax deduction.

The path of civilization is paved with tax receipts.

If Congress can pay farmers not to raise crops, why can't we pay Congress not to raise taxes?

Congress thinks it's alot easier to trim the taxpayers than expenses.

Congress does some strange things. it puts a high tax on liquor and then raises the other taxes that drive people to drink.

The attitude of Congress toward hidden taxes is not to do away with them, but to hide them better.

Congress has the unsolved problem of how to get the people to pay taxes they can't afford for services they don't need.

Every year around April 15 Americans have a rendezvous with debt.

One of the great blessings about living in a democracy is that we have complete control over how we pay our taxes . . . cash, check or money order.

The rich and the poor are alike. They both complain about taxes.

The wealth of experience is one possession that hasn't been taxed . . . .yet.

A fool and his money are soon parted. The rest of us wait until income tax time.

This country is as free today as it ever was. . . unless, of course, you happen to be a taxpayer.

Golf is a lot like taxes. You drive hard to get to the green and then wind up in the hole.

Some people think the government owes them a living. The rest of us would gladly settle for a small tax refund.

Our government really takes care of us. They even give us free income tax forms.

President Herbert Hoover was the first President to give his salary back to the government. Now the government would like everbody to do it.

Everybody works for the government, either on the payroll or the taxroll.

A man's home is his castle. At least that's how he feels when he pays taxes on it.

The honeymoon is over when the bride begins to feel like she was never anything but a tax deduction to him.

Don't you long for the good old days when Uncle Sam lived within his income and without most of yours?

Nothing makes a person more modest about their income than to fill out a tax form.

The income tax forms have been simplified beyond all understanding.

It's too bad for the middle income person. They earn too much to avoid paying taxes and make too little to afford paying them.

It's strange how a person with no sense of humor can come up with such funny answers on his/her tax return.

When making out your tax return, it's better to give than to deceive.

I hate junk mail . . .and that includes the tax forms they send me.

When it comes to income tax, most of us would be willing to pay as we go if we could only catch up on where we've been.

An income tax return is like a girdle. If you put the wrong figure in it your are likely to get pinched.

Income tax is Uncle Sam's version of "Truth or Consequences."

After a man pays his income tax, he knows how a cow feels after she's been milked.

The latest income-tax form has been greatly simplified. It consists of only three parts: (1)

How much did you make last year? (2) How much have you got left? (3) Send amount listed in part 2.

It is generally agreed that the income tax is the government's idea of instant poverty.

An income-tax form is like a laundry list - either way you lose your shirt.

About the time a man is cured of swearing, another income tax is due.

When they consider candidates for the next Pulitzer Prize for the best definitive biography, many a man would be delighted to submit his last income-tax report.

Loafing is the only way to beat the income tax.

Nothing has done more to stimulate the writing of fiction than the itemized deduction section of the income-tax forms.

The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf.

People who squawk about their income tax can be divided into two classes: men and women.

If you want to get even with the income-tax people, get Junior to work out your tax return using the new math.

The average man knows as much about the atomic bomb as he does about his income-tax form.

Income taxes are not so bad and certainly could be worse. Suppose we had to pay on what we think we are worth?

George Washington never told a lie, but then he never had to file a Form 1040.

What the present income-tax form needs is a section which would explain the explanations.

When making out your income-tax report, be sure you don't overlook your most expensive dependent - the government.

It has almost reached the point where, if a person takes a day off, he falls behind in his income-tax payments.

Income-tax forms are nothing more than the government's quiz program.

Some of us can recall the day when a person who had to pay income tax was considered to be wealthy.

No stretch of the imagination is as complete as the one used in filling out income-tax forms.

Income tax is the fine you pay for thriving so fast.

It is difficult to predict the future of an economy in which it takes more brains to figure out the tax on our income than it does to earn it.

Income-tax forms should be printed on Kleenex because so many of us have to pay through the nose.

We wouldn't mind paying income tax if we could know which country it's going to.

Income-tax forms should be more realistic by allowing the taxpayer to list Uncle Sam as a dependent.

In 1913 Uncle Sam collected only 13 million dollars in income taxes. That's why they were called the "good old days."

The guy who said that truth never hurts never had to fill out a Form 1040.

Come to think of it, these income-tax forms leave little to the imagination and even less to the taxpayer.

Just thinking about income taxes often taxes the mind - which is something people once said the IRS couldn't do.

Making out your own income tax return is something like a do-it-yourself mugging.

Trying to curb inflation by raising taxes is like giving a drunk another drink to sober him up.

If you think you can keep everything to yourself, . . . the IRS doesn't.

If the IRS gave green stamps, thousands of Americans would look forward to paying their income tax.

Behind every successful man stands a woman and the IRS. One takes the credit, and the other takes the cash.

A lot of people still have the first dollar they ever made - Uncle Sam has all the others.

A harp is a piano after taxes.

We need to change our National Anthem to "Deep in the Heart of Taxes."

A good name is to be chosen over great riches. It's tax free! . . . so far.

No respectable person is in favor of nudity, but after paying taxes, some of us may not have any other choice.

What this country needs most is a SPCTT - The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Taxpayers.

Patriotism will probably never develop to the point of parading in honor of the "unknown taxpayer."

A dyed~in-the-wool patriot is one who says he's sorry he has only one income to give to his country.

The real patriot is a person who saves enough of his salary each week to pay his income tax.

A politician is a man who never met a tax he didn't try to hike.

Wouldn't it be grand if politicians would fight poverty with something besides taxes?

After all is said and done, the politicians say it and the taxpayers do it.

It is reported that the politicians in Washington are thinking of abolishing the income tax and taking the income.

Regardless of who wins the election they have to raise taxes to pay for the damage.

If our President wants to abolish poverty, he can do it by abolishing the IRS.

Poverty is what you experience the day after you pay your income tax.

One of the biggest advantages of being poor is that you'll never have to undergo the trauma of a tax audit.

The chaplains who pray for the United States Senate and the House of Representatives might speak a word now and then on behalf of the taxpayers.

Unquestionably, there is progress every where. The average American now pays out as much in taxes as he formerly received in wages.

With a billion dollar budget, it ought to be possible to set aside enough money to teach the IRS the basic English necessary to write a readable income-tax form.

Another American invention is the permanent temporary tax.

The best tax law is the one that gets the most feathers with the least squawking.

Which has made the biggest liars out of Americans - golf or the income tax?

A man admitted he lied on his income-tax return - he listed himself as the head of the household!

Life is one dodge after another - cars, taxes, and responsibilities.

The best things in life are free - plus tax, of course.

The way the cost of living and taxes are today, you might as well marry for love.

The average man now lives thirty-one years longer than he did in 1850. He has to in order to get his taxes paid.

A serious impediment to a successful marriage these days is the difficulty of supporting both the government and a spouse on one small income.

Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth - less 40 percent inheritance tax.

When the time comes for the meek to inherit the earth, taxes will most likely be so high that they won't want it.

The meek may inherit the earth just in time to see it sold for taxes.

Of course you can't take it with you, and with high taxes, lawyer's fees, and funeral expenses you can't leave it behind either.

Benjamin Franklin had an axiom, "A penny saved is a penny earned." But that was before the sales tax was invented.

A dime is a dollar with all the various taxes deducted.

The reward for saving money is being able to pay our taxes without borrowing.

Our beloved country has made remarkable progress. Now politicians have arranged to spend taxes before they collect them.

A political promise today means another tax tomorrow.

We may need tax reform, but it seems we need a lot of spending reform too.

The futility of riches is stated very plainly in two places: the Bible and the income-tax form.

In Russia the people have only what the government gives them; in America the people have only what the government does not take away from them in taxes.

If science says nothing is impossible, how about a mechanical taxpayer?

Science has increased our life span considerably. Now we can look forward to paying our taxes at least ten years longer.

Space scientists have made an analysis of the lunar soil. It shows that corn can't be raised on the moon, but it's great for raising taxes.

At no time is it easier to keep your mouth shut than during an audit of your income-tax return.

Our government could raise unlimited revenue simply by taxing sin.

Being a success today means the government takes away in taxes what you used to dream of earning.

An American can consider himself a success when it costs him more to support the government than to support a family.

Patrick Henry ought to come back and see what taxation with representation is like.

The greatest general to emerge from any war is general taxation.

Taxation is the gentle art of picking the goose in such a way as to secure the greatest amount of feathers with the least amount of squawking.

The ideal form of taxation is the kind that will be paid by somebody else. Our forefathers should have fought for representation without taxation!

The fourth of July, 1776 - that's when we declared our freedom from unfair British taxation. Then, in 1777, we started our own system of unfair taxation.

Taxation is a lot like sheep shearing. As long as you shear a sheep it will continue to produce a new crop of wool. But you can skin the animal only once.

In two hundred years we've gone from taxation without representation to taxation without relaxation.

If something new has been added, it's probably another tax.

The man who said taxes would keep you halfway broke was a lousy judge of distance.

The only thing left to tax is the wolf at door.

Why don't high taxes and high prices marry and settle down?

Is there any human activity that isn't tax licensed, regulated, or restricted?

It looks like we all will eventually make a living collecting taxes from one another.

Stay on your job and pay your taxes promptly. Thousands of workers in the government bureaus are counting on you.

A penny saved is a penny taxed.

There is nothing more permanent than a temporary tax.

When it comes to a tax reduction, never has so little been waited for by so many for so


Why not slap a tax on political gas?

After paying all our taxes we're tempted to call Washington and try to get ourselves declared a disaster area.

Another difference between death and taxes is that death is frequently painless.

You really can't beat the game. If you earn anything, it's minus taxes. If you buy anything it's plus taxes.

One hopeful note on hidden taxes is that there can't be many more places to hide them.

We wonder why they call them "tax returns" when so little of it does.

The best things in life are still free, but the tax experts are working overtime on the problem.

We all get excited these days about paying taxes because we never know which country our money is going to.

It will be real nice if taxes get down to where we can afford to make a living.

What's all this howling about hidden taxes? We wish they would hide all of them.

Next year will be the year they lower taxes . . . it always is.

Breathing seems to be about the only activity in this country that isn't taxed . . . yet.

It's about time that somebody invents a tax that can't be hiked.

There's a "tax cocktail" on the market - two drinks and you withhold nothing.

I know a man who says he's going to invest his money in taxes - it's the only sure thing to go up.

Old taxes never die - they just change their names.

A window sign in Chicago: "Tax Returns Prepared - Honest Mistakes Are Our Specialty."

Nowadays anybody who puts two and two together also has to add in the sales tax.

About the only thing good about those withholding taxes is that a fellow doesn't get so mad all at once.

Increasing taxes to stop inflation makes about as much sense as fanning a fire to cool its heat.

A "slight tax increase" costs you about $300, while a "substantial tax cut" lowers your taxes by about $30.

Some tax loopholes become nooses.

Death and taxes are inevitable, but death doesn't repeat itself.

When Congress tries to decide between two new taxes, it's like a woman deciding between two dresses - she usually decides to take both.

If you don't hear some people murmuring about taxes these days, it's probably because so many others are screaming.

Nobody jumps on taxes when they're down.

By the time you finish paying all your taxes, about all you have left is a receipt.

If Congress would repeal the nuisance tax, we wouldn't have any taxes to pay.

They keep telling us about a tax-freeze plan. How about a tax-free plan?

One can be born free and then be taxed to death.

The attitude of Congress toward hidden taxes is not to do away with them, but to hide them better.

When the average man looks at what he has left after his taxes are paid, he begins to realize that Social Security may have real meaning for him.

No matter how staggering the taxes, they never fall down.

Save your pennies and the sales tax will take care of them.

Whenever one tax goes down, another goes up.

A certain Senator recently informed us that the average American is not "tax conscious," and this is doubtless true. If he shows signs of coming to, he is immediately struck down with another tax.

There's one consolation about life and taxes - when you finish the former, you're through with the latter.

We have been anesthetized by hidden taxes, hypnotized by indirect taxes, and pulverized by camouflaged taxes.

A politician will consider every way of reducing taxes except cutting expenses.

Even if money could bring happiness, think what the luxury tax would be!

The reward for saving your money is being able to pay your taxes without borrowing.

A tax-dodger is a man who does not love his country less, but loves his money more.

Everything we have is taxed - even our patience.

Thinking is one thing that no one has ever been able to tax - but the IRS is getting jealous about the situation.

"What you don't know doesn't hurt you" doesn't apply to the hidden taxes in the things you buy.

A man pays a luxury tax on a leather billfold, an income tax on the stuff he puts into it, and a sales tax when he takes the stuffing out of it.

It's a mistake to believe that Uncle Sam can open his pocketbook and let you keep yours closed.

No enemy nation could risk invading the United States. It couldn't afford the high taxes.

A tax cut is like motherhood, apple pie, and the Star Spangled Banner - everybody is for it.

We wouldn't mind this "pay-as-you-go" tax so much if we knew what we were paying for and where it was going.