How the federal income tax history
Tax history in the US began with George
Washington or Thomas Jefferson. In tax history, income tax was
first established in the US in 1862 to finance the civil
war. The income tax introduced was very unpopular
especially after the war had ended. Income tax became history
in 1872 when it was discontinued.
However, tax history of income tax did
not end in 1872. Income tax was reintroduced in 1913.
Since then, the federal income tax history has been that
Congress, the president, and US citizens and tax payers fight
over how to efficiently and fairly tax the citizens to finance
the operations of the national government.
Federal income tax history is full of tax
reform and tax reduction which have been campaign themes
in nearly every presidential election since 1913. Most
politicians in the history of income tax realize that running a
campaign on increasing taxes is a sure way to get defeated.
Yet, while no one in the history of income tax publicly admits
to wanting to increase taxes, the reality of nearly all "tax
reforms" in the history of income tax is that taxes rise and
the tax laws get more complex.
Since the beginning of federal income tax
history, politicians continue to spread an anti tax, anti
IRS message. However, an average American will continue to pay
federal taxes, state taxes (if applicable), and local taxes.
Smart people, however, have succeeded in paying less tax
through some tax reduction interpretation of the tax laws.