Thursday, May 07, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands." ~ Judge Learned Hand (1872-1961), Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals

1 comment:

Roman said...

This has been one of my favorite quotes. Judge Hand captures the human nature perfectly.

What the government owes its citizens is even handed application of fairly written laws.

People should be able to make decisions, business and personal, without having tax considerations weigh too much.

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