It’s that time…

TaxDay2 (6k image)

When the country was young, it struggled to raise funds from the 13 original states–$15 million from each state in 1779 and more in following years. The government collected the first income tax during the Civil War, but only temporarily. President Grover Cleveland tried to start up regular yearly income taxes in 1894, but the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional. For supporters of the income tax, that meant amending the Constitution, which the government finally did in 1913 with the 16th Amendment. From that point on, Congress could legally collect taxes on incomes. Lucky us!

2 Comments

  1. Erin said:

    I used part of my refunds to go toward my computer and my espresso machine. I was glad to have a return this year. David was not so lucky… $1700 to pay.

    April 15, 2004
  2. La said:

    Well I received a federal return but had to pay state (I’ve adjusted my W4). It is sitting in the bank- hope to put on the side deck this summer.

    April 15, 2004

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