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Fletcher: Can't blame them for the tax laws

January 24, 2012
The Alpena News

In 1935 in an opinion while he was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Judge Learned Hand said: "Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the Treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes. Over and over again the court's have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands."



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