Limericks on Taxation


These limericks were sent to me by a friend (Michael Choi) who’s a Tax Accountant:

Taxes are something most of us abhor.
Filling out those returns is a real bore.
They keep taking away our money
And we do not think it is funny.
And many of us are getting poorer more and more.

There are taxes on all kinds of things
Which we need, like food such as dumplings
And clothing, shoes and jewelries,
Plus gadgets, books and groceries.
Those politicians must be living like kings.

The taxes just mentioned are on sales.
They tax whatever they see; it never fails.
You cannot live without eating
So they have that cash register greeting.
When you total it, you become the Prince of Wails.

They tax our incomes which we work so hard to earn,
Yet are so careless with budgets that money they burn.
Why do not service we get
Nor do they pay off the debt?
Maybe I should run for office myself! Durn!

They get us both coming and going,
Especially when our wealth is showing.
But with taxes on estates
(And there are not any rebates),
Even after we’ve gone, our money is outflowing.

The point of this tale should be clear.
If it is not, then give me your ear.
“Tax” is not really a word;
It is an acronym absurd.
It stands for “Take Away Xeverything,”* my dear.

*The X is silent.

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  2. A few lines will help to explain
    Why taxes for some are a pain
    The rich have employed
    Slick ways to avoid
    And pay less on capital gains

    I can’t afford a tax lawyer
    Your accountant says I annoy her
    When you’re poor, there’s no out
    As I’m slaving about
    At the mercy of some cheap employer

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