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A Brief History of Income Taxes

Written by a TurboTax Expert • Reviewed by a TurboTax CPA

Updated for Tax Year 2021 • January 26, 2023 7:27 PM
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Did you know that President Abraham Lincoln, one of America's most beloved leaders, also instituted one of its least liked obligations—the income tax? In this brief history of taxes, see the historical events which shaped income taxes in the United States today.

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