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A Brief History of Income Taxes

Updated for Tax Year 2021 • October 16, 2021 06:50 AM


OVERVIEW

Did you know 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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