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If the government cannot reduce the "terrific" tax burden on the country, I will predict that you will have a depression that will curl your hair, because we are just taking too much money out of this economy that we need to make the jobs that you have to have as time goes on.
-- Treasury Secretary George M. Humphrey at a January 15, 1957 news conference.
AODs contain the reasons behind the acquiescence or nonaquiescence of the IRS in court decisions. These reasons are of vital concern to the public....
-- Judge Charles R. Richey of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in his January 22, 1980 ruling that the IRS must release GCMs, AOD, and Tech Memos.

The right of the citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
-- 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified January 23, 1964.
Our conclusions are that direct taxes, within the meaning of the Constitution, are only capitation taxes, as expressed in that instrument, and taxes on real estate; and that the tax on which plaintiff in error complains is within the category of an excise or duty.
-- U.S. Supreme Court in Springer v. U.S., January 24, 1881
Flagrant tax shelter abuses must be curtailed.
-- Treasury Secretary W. Michael Blumenthal to the House Ways and Means Committee, January 30, 1978.
It's not always necessary to legislate....
-- Shirley D. Peterson on January 31, 1992 as she was appointed first female Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

The taxpayer -- that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take a civil service examination.
-- President Ronald Reagan, born on February 6, 1911.

For years the IRS has run roughshod over the constitutional rights of our citizens.
-- Rep. James A. Traficant, Jr., introducing an amendment on February 8, 1995.

I wish I could promise you that I won't ask you to pay any more.
-- President Bill Clinton at a February 10, 1993 nationally televised town meeting.
I hope God will protect this country from any more simplification proposals.
-- Rep. Bill Archer, R-Texas, February 18, 1991.

Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes on income, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration.
-- 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified February 25, 1913.

On April 15, just try telling the Internal Revenue Service you just don't feel like "contributing" this year.
-- U.S. House Minority Leader Robert H. Michel, R-Ill, February 1993.

The suppression of unnecessary offices, of useless establishments and expenses, enabled us to discontinue our internal taxes.
-- President Thomas Jefferson in his second inaugural address, March 4, 1805.

That the power to tax involves the power to destroy...[is ] not to be denied.
-- U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall in McCulloch v. Maryland, March 6, 1819.

Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments. If we can get rid of the former, we may easily bear the latter.
-- Benjamin Franklin on the Stamp Act passed by Parliament March 22, 1765.

Taxes and increased spending by any other names still smell.
-- Rep. Bill Archer, R-Texas, March 23, 1993

[A state violates the Fourteenth Amendment]...whenever it makes the affluence of the voter or payment of any fee an electoral standard.
-- U.S. Supreme Court in Harper v. Virginia State Board of Elections, March 24, 1966.

It's because he signed the receipts that he's in trouble.
-- Stephen Hisler, pro baseball player Darryl Strawberry's promoter, on the March 1994 IRS probe into allegations Strawberry failed to report cash he received for appearing at baseball memorabilia/card shows.

Why should taxes be simplified? Such a concept is the antithesis of everything our government stands for.
-- letter from a taxpayer to Secretary of the Treasury Donald Regan, April 1, 1985.

He has today instructed payment of the $432,787.13 set forth by the Internal Revenue Service, plus interest.
-- April 3, 1974 White House statement on President Nixon's agreement to pay back taxes.

Americans now get less from their federal government than they used to. But most people pay about as much in taxes -- or more -- than they did in the past.
-- Robert S. McIntyre, April 12, 1996

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