I appeal to the House to resist the temptation of laying up for themselves threasure in heaven by the inexpensive method of confiscating other people's treasure on earth.
The surtax payers, having been soaked, have found a way to get out of the rain.
James Callaghan 18/07/1947
One of the most important of all the causes of great inequality of income is the inheritance of a great fortune by a small minority.
We are looking for a Wealth Tax that will bring in sufficient revenue to justify having a wealth tax.
Dick Spring 05/12/1982
What really gets me is this - it's very ironic that those who are most critical of extra tax are those who are most vociferous in demanding extra expenditure. What gets me even more is that having demanded that extra expenditure they are not prepared to face the consequences of their own action and stand by the necessity to get the tax to pay for it. I wish some of them had a bit more guts and courage than they have.
Margaret Thatcher 1981
Referring to the Tory Wets
Oh that Gilbert & Sullivan should be living in this hour. This [the Selective Employment Tax] is sheer cockeyed lunacy. The Chancellor needs a woman at the Treasury.
Margaret Thatcher 03/1966
Everything a politician promises at election time has to be paid for either by higher taxation or by borrowing.
Margaret Thatcher 28/03/1992
It is your tax which pays for public spending. The government have no money of their own. There is only taxpayers' money.
Margaret Thatcher 12/10/1979
Our aim is to make tax collecting a declining industry.
Margaret Thatcher 14/10/1977
The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.