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Tom Purcell: Taxing quotations

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I found something on the IRS Web site I never expected to see: quotations from great minds on taxes.

The first two agitated me:

“Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

“The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government.” –James Madison, U.S. president

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