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YOU CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY

YOU CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY
(To tune of “They Can’t Take that Away” by George and Ira Gershwin)

Intro

There’ve been many goodies added to the tax code as it grew
Here are some that we’ve become addicted to

Verses

The 401 sub (k)
The corporate R&D
You want to take away?

No, no, you can’t take that away from me.

Home mortgage interest prized
By every family
Think of that home downsized
No, no, you can’t take that away from me

Bridge

We can’t solve the budgetary crisis
We’ve grown wary of
Lest we all give up some tax breaks dearly loved

 Verses

My contributions for
The art of Johns or Klee
Allowed not any more?
No, no, you can’t take that away from me.

The rate on long-term gains
Health benefits tax-free
The lobbyist complains
No, no, you can’t take that away from me

You can’t take that away
More campaign cash I’ll pay
You can’t take that away from me.

 Lyric © 2011 by Robert S. Steinberg
All rights reserved
Originally published in American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, News-Quarterly, “Tax Bites,” (Summer, 2011).

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