Police in Poland hunting the killers of a taxman whose dismembered body was found in two suitcases in 1986 arrested a man and a woman he visited just before disappearing. They owed more than 12,000 zlotys (£50) in arrears.
In 2006, the Australian tax office ruled that sex toys are tax deductible for prostitutes. The total UK government income from all forms of taxation in 1900 was £108,336,193. This is less than half the cost of running Scottish prisons in 2000.
The Russian Orthodox Church named Matthew patron saint of Russia's tax police in 2001. A spokesman said: "t means that we will have a holiday on St Matthew's day."
The Greek grammarian Julius Pollux (180-238) listed 33 terms of abuse for tax collectors in his Onomasticon.
'In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes' - Benjamin Franklin.
"Avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward" - John Maynard Keynes.
"The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison wall" - Denis Healey.
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