A Case For Tax Reform: The 1913 Tax Return

As if we aren’t bitter enough doing our taxes today, here’s something to ponder:

The 1913 tax form was FOUR pages in its entirety, including instructions.

In 1913, the 16th Amendment was ratified which granted Congress the ability to levy a personal income tax. The income tax for that year was a 1% tax on net income greater than $3,000. It also included a 6% surtax on incomes of more than $500,000.

You can click here to view the entire 4 page tax form.

It took about 100 years to go from 4 pages to 1000s of pages just for Americans to calculate their tax burdens to the government. There is something incredibly wrong with that. We need comprehensive tax reform.

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Crossposted at alanjoelny.com