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Quiz: QUIZ: What Do You Know About Famous Tax Evaders?

Question 2 of 10

According to real estate mogul Leona Helmsley, taxes are paid by what kind of people?

  1. Average people
  2. Law-abiding people
  3. Little people
  4. Stupid people
Correct!

Leona Helmsley was worth billions of dollars, but she never let that stop her from challenging every invoice that came her way. When she disputed an $8 million charge from a group of contractors, they took invoices showing that renovations to her home were being billed as business expenses, and sent them to the New York Post. The resulting story led to a criminal investigation, and ultimately a tax fraud indictment. At the trial, housekeeper Elizabeth Baum recalled a discussion in which she speculated that Helmsley must have paid a lot of taxes on her mansion. To this, the hotelier famously responded, "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes."

SOURCE: Leona Helmsley, 'Queen Of Mean,' Dies At 87 | CNN.com