Two things are seemingly certain in life – death and taxes. Both can be cheated to a limited extent but inevitably they take their toll, the former ending life and the latter depriving people of a proportion of their wealth and earnings.
That does not mean that death and taxes are bad things or even things to be feared. Some come to regard death as a blessed relief from life because life is not always splendid. Some having paid their taxes with a grudging hand find that the taxes paid by others have come to their aid in times of need and distress.
It is important to die a good death, but that is not within the control of those who die. It is important that taxes are not wasted or stolen, but that is not within the control of those who pay them.
It has been said that nothing is certain except death and taxes. In truth, although death and taxes are certain, the devil is, as always, hiding in the detail of them