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The best time to die (to help fellow taxpayers)

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39094.388588.1F (Published 18 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:110
  1. Robert A Da Prato, physician
  1. 1Portland, OR 97229, USA dapratorobert@msn.com

    Not too long ago an accountant told me that, from a financial perspective only, a patriotic citizen should die the moment he or she changes from a net taxpayer (a net tax asset of the state) to a net tax consumer (a net tax liability of the state).1 For many people this means one should drop dead on the way home from one's retirement party. A brother and sister …

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