Death and Taxes and Death Taxes

“Tis impossible to be sure of anything but Death and Taxes.”

Christopher Bullock, 1716

The idiom has endured over 300 years because of the harsh reality of it: we are all on a march towards the grave down a path lined with tax collectors along the way. While the Grim Reaper only visits us once, the Tax Man is a frequent guest. Perhaps you’ve heard of one final collection, the oft whispered about “death tax.”


This post isn’t meant to reflect my personal opinions about taxation in general, but rather to shed light on the ominous-sounding death tax.


grim reaper standing in front of money

“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Frankiln, 1789

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