Death and Taxes

"Nothing is certain but Death and Taxes." Numerous well-known writers have written lines establishing this turn of phrase. Neither are terribly heart warming concepts to read about, but there comes a time when it must be done. The library has resources to help you through terrible times.

History of the Phrase:

  • The first credited with the phrase was Daniel Defoe, in The Political History of the Devil, in which he wrote, "Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believed."
  • Benjamin Franklin used the form we are currently more familiar with, re-printed in The Works of Benjamin Franklin, in which he wrote, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."



  •  While the library does not carry forms or offer advice, we can help you find your forms online and tell you where help might be available. See our website for more information.
  •  Tax Guide 2011
Written by Tara on April 13, 2011

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