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Entry from December 06, 2010
“People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women”

"People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women” is an old joke showing that everybody complains about taxes. The joke has been cited since at least 1944, when it appeared in the “Senator Soaper Says” syndicated column, then written by Harry Vincent Wade (1894-1973) of the Detroit (MI) News.

The joke is included on many lists of tax jokes.


The Quote Garden
Quotations about Taxes
People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes:  men and women.  ~Author Unknown

20 June 1944, Springfield (MA) Daily Republican, “Senator Soaper Says,” pg. 11, col. 3:
Despite all the streamlining and simplifying, a Tulsa critic finds two classes that still are irked by income taxes, that is, men and women.

20 June 1944, Oregonian, (Portland, OR), “Senator Soaper Says,” pg. 8, col. 2:
Despite all the streamlining and simplifying, a Tulsa critic finds two classes that still are irked by income taxes, viz., men and women.

10 May 1951, Seattle (WA) Daily Times, pg. 6, col. 5:
We have noticed that people who complain about their income taxes can be divided into two classes—men and women.—Everson News.

Google Books
Contemporary Tax Practice:
Research, Planning and Strategies

By John O. Everett, Cherrie Hennig and Nancy Nichols
Chicago, IL: CCH
2008
Pg. 18-2:
“People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women.” (Anonymous)

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Monday, December 06, 2010 • Permalink