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A Collection… The Humorous Side of Tax… (16)

♦ “It’s fitting that April 14 is National Pecan Day because today, we recognize nuts. And tomorrow, on April 15, we pay our taxes to support them.” -Craig Ferguson

♦ As Tax Day approaches, those tempted to cheat on their income taxes will have to ask themselves a simple question: Is it worth it? Is the possibility of saving some money at the expense of Uncle Sam worth the risk of ending up in a federal prison? David Harper, 4/11/2010, Tulsa World

♦ Consider yourself: as tax day draws near, how many of you are waiting to hear good news from your accountants about various deductions and loopholes you can take advantage of when you file your returns next month? Is there anyone who’s looking to obey the actual spirit, and not just the letter, of the tax laws? Jason Zengerle, NYT, 3-29-09

♦ Look, we play the Star Spangled Banner before every game. You want us to pay income taxes, too? Bill Veeck, former owner of Chicago’s second losing baseball team, the White Sox.

♦ A tax return is an attested document. It is signed by the taxpayer and the preparer under penalties of perjury. It is not an opening offer. –Lee A. Sheppard

Quotes by & about a few presidents:

♦ I don’t suppose we will ever get to the point where people are pleased to pay taxes, but we owe it to them to see that the collection is done as efficiently as possible, as courteously as possible, and always honestly. –Lyndon B. Johnson

♦ “He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them.”- James Reston (about Richard Nixon)

♦ The federal income tax system is a disgrace to the human race. Jimmy Carter

♦ Read my lips. No new taxes. — President George H. W. Bush


Robert E. McKenzie is a partner of the law firm of Arnstein & Lehr LLP of Chicago, Illinois, concentrating his practice in representation before the Internal Revenue Service and state agencies. He has lectured extensively on the subject of taxation. He has presented courses before thousands of CPA’s, attorneys and enrolled agents nationwide. He has made numerous media appearances including Dateline NBC and The ABC Nightly News. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. McKenzie was employed by the Internal Revenue Service, Collection Division, in Chicago, Illinois. Since entering private practice, he has dedicated a major portion of his time to representation before the IRS. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. McKenzie was a member of the IRS Advisory Council, which advises IRS management. Mr. McKenzie serves on Arnstein & Lehr’s Executive Committee.

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