Classic History Lesson–What the US federal Tax form looked like in 1913


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5 comments on “Classic History Lesson–What the US federal Tax form looked like in 1913

  1. Undergroundpewster says:

    We have progressed far beyond what those primitive Americans could have ever imagined when they developed such a limited vision of what the ideal tax form should look like.

  2. sophy0075 says:

    There are far too many vested interests for the number of pages to reduce back to one. Accountants, for a start. Realtors. Charities, which fear that if donations are made non-deductible, their coffers will hold only dust and spiderwebs.

  3. Jim the Puritan says:

    It will soon be simple again, given where we are headed:

    “Form 1040EZCOMEEZGO
    A. Annual income: $________________
    B. Amount already withheld by IRS: $_______________________
    Subtract B from A and remit resulting balance to IRS by certified check or electronic payment”

  4. Kendall Harmon says:

    History is a very sobering reminder of our incapacity to know or predict the future. Imagine giving a current tax return form to someone in 1913!

  5. Vatican Watcher says:

    I learned in Ken Burns’ documentary [i]Prohibition[/i] that the income tax ammendment was a key to getting the prohibition amendment moving as federal revenue up to that point was mostly alcohol excise taxes. Now look at where we are…