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The Income Tax in 1913: A Way to 'Soak the Rich'

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 with the original IRS form for the year 1913, when the federal income tax was first permanently introduced. (There had been a temporary income tax during the Civil War.
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