nothing is certain but death and taxes


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nothing is certain but death and taxes

proverb The only two certainties in life are that one will inevitably pass away and that one must pay taxes until that comes to pass. I wouldn't be so sure that investment will pay off like you expect. Nothing is certain in this life but death and taxes.
See also: and, but, certain, death, nothing, taxes
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Nothing is certain but death and taxes.

Prov. Everything in life is unpredictable, except that you can be sure you will die and you will have to pay taxes. (You can also refer to death and taxes as the only certain things in life.) Son: I can't believe how much tax money is being withheld from my paycheck! Father: Welcome to adult life, where nothing is certain but death and taxes.
See also: and, but, certain, death, nothing, taxes
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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