Monday, 13 April 2015

Dodge your tax and be a patriot!

"There is nothing sinister in so arranging one's affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everybody does it, rich or poor; all do right.

Nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands; taxes are enforced exactions not voluntary contributions.

Anyone may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes."

Our dangers, as it seems to me, are not from the outrageous but from the conforming; not from those who rarely and under the lurid glare of obloquy upset our moral complaisance, or shock us with unaccustomed conduct, but from those, the mass of us, who take their virtues and their tastes, like their shirts and their furniture, from the limited patterns which the market offers.

- United States Judge Learned Hand (1872 - 1961)

Read: When I was young and slim

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