Death & Taxes

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Death and taxes early use found in Daniel Defoe's The Political History of the Devil (1726).[1]

Things as certain as Death and Taxes, can be more firmly believ’d.

Death and taxes is a common reference to the famous quotation:[2]

Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

Benjamin Franklinin a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789

Death and Taxes may also refer to:

  • The quote is used in the closing lines of the 2004 Broadway Musical Avenue Q "Except for death and paying taxes, everything in life is only for now."
Video Games
  • Name of a prominent gaming community, made renowned for their efforts in World of Warcraft as well as other mmo's (
Board and Card Games
  • "Death and Taxes", title of a fictional book written by one of the characters in the 2006 US movie "Stranger than Fiction"
  • The quote is used in the 1998 movie Meet Joe Black: "Drew" And who would've thought... you, an IRS agent", Joe Black: "Death and Taxes."

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  1. ^ Project Gutenberg. "The Political History of the Devil". Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Bullock, Christopher. "The Cobler of Preston". Retrieved 14 January 2013.