2013 has been a big year for taxes. The “fiscal cliff” deal boosted the top federal income tax rate to 39.6%; “Obamacare” added new taxes on top earners; and dozens of state and local governments raised their taxes, too. Congress will finish 2013 even more divided than it began, which will probably protect us from new taxes next year. But here are some quotes to ease the sting of this year’s higher bills:

“[A tax loophole is] something that benefits the other guy. If it benefits you, it is tax reform.”
Sen. Russell B. Long (D-LA)

“The Eiffel Tower is the Empire State Building after taxes.”

“Our party has been accused of fooling the public by calling tax increases ‘revenue enhancement.’ Not so. No one was fooled.”
Dan Quayle

“When we played, World Series checks meant something. Now all they do is screw up your taxes.”
Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale

“When it comes to finances, remember that there are no withholding taxes on the wages of sin.”
Mae West

“The question is: What can we, as citizens, do to reform our tax system? As you know, under our three-branch system of government, the tax laws are created by: Satan. But he works through the Congress, so that’s where we must focus our efforts.”
Dave Barry

“Late one night, just blocks from the Capitol, a mugger jumped into the path of a well-dressed fellow and stuck a gun in his ribs. ‘Give me your money,’ the thief demanded. ‘Are you kidding?’ the man said. ‘I’m a U.S. congressman.’ ‘In that case,’ the mugger growled, cocking his weapon, ‘give me my money.'”
Playboy Magazine

“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”
George Bernard Shaw

On a more serious note, we wish you all the best this holiday season, and we look forward to serving all your tax-planning needs in 2014!

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