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Happy Tax Day: The Original Income Tax Form 1040 Was Just Four Pages Long

Mark Perry posts this image of an original IRS 1040 form circa 1913: Perry explains that there were only four pages to the original 1040 form, including a page of instructions. Today? The instructions alone for the 1040 form today number 189 pages. And that’s without the form. More from Perry: Individual income tax rates [...]
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The Income Tax in 1913: A Way to 'Soak the Rich'

Business & Finance : The Business Desk with Paul Solman (last year)

By Paul Solman A copy of the original IRS form from 1913. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress. So how heavy is the income tax burden these days, especially on those in the upper reaches of the income range? One comparison is w... Read Post

Today is Tax Deadline: Bring Us Back to 1913

Business & Finance : Carpe Diem (2 years ago)

This post has become an annual tradition at CD around April 15. Page 1 of the original IRS 1040 income tax form from 1913 appears above. There were only four pages in the original 1040 form, including two pages of worksheets, the ac... Read Post

Tax Deadline Approaches: Bring Us Back to 1913

Business & Finance : Carpe Diem (3 years ago)

This post has become an annual tradition at CD as the tax deadline approaches. Page 1 of the original IRS 1040 income tax form from 1913 appears above. There were only four pages in the original 1040 form, including two pages of wor... Read Post


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