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  • Writer's pictureDr. Ash Dark

The Grim Truth About Taxes: They Never Die

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

As we consider the phrase "death and taxes," we are faced with a profound truth: that death and taxes are the only certainties in life. No matter who you are or what you do, eventually you will die, and you will have to pay taxes. It's a fact of life that has been true for centuries, and will continue to be true for centuries to come.

The history of this phrase is long and fascinating, stretching back to the days of ancient Rome. The Roman poet Horace first used the phrase "death and taxes" in one of his poems, in which he wrote that "it is necessary to pay the toll when you cross the river Styx." The river Styx was believed to be the river that separated the living world from the world of the dead, and Horace's words implied that death was an unavoidable toll that all must pay.

But it was not until the 18th century that the phrase "death and taxes" became a popular saying in the English-speaking world. It was during this time that the British government began to collect taxes in a more systematic way, and the phrase was often used as a way to express frustration with the tax system.

In the United States, the phrase "death and taxes" is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, who famously wrote in a letter in 1789 that "in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." This statement is often cited as evidence of Franklin's wit and wisdom, but it also highlights the fact that taxes have been a part of American life since its very beginning.

Throughout the centuries, people have found different ways to express their frustration with the inevitability of death and taxes. Some have used humor, while others have used anger. But at the end of the day, the fact remains that death and taxes are two of the most fundamental aspects of human existence.

At DiTaInc, we understand the importance of taxes and the impact they can have on the lives of our clients. That's why we work tirelessly to provide the best possible tax solutions for our clients, helping them to navigate the complexities of the tax system and ensure that they are paying only what they owe. With over 20 years of experience in the video games, film, and music industries, I enjoy bringing a unique perspective to the world of taxes, blending my knowledge of art, culture, and technology to create innovative solutions for our clients.

In the end, the phrase "death and taxes" may be a reminder of life's unavoidable truths, but at DiTaInc, we believe that with the right guidance and support, our clients can face these challenges with confidence and peace of mind.


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