Opinions Written by Dan Veaner
That's right. The IRS was created by President Abraham Lincoln when he signed into law a measure that created the tax and a created a Commissioner of Internal Revenue. It was meant to pay for expenses related to the Civil War, and it was essentially a tax on the wealthy, as only those with an income above $800 had to pay the 3% tax (it doesn't seem like a lot, but most workers didn't earn that much in 1862).
Here is a news flash for our congressmen and senators in Washington, DC: the Civil War ended 151 years ago. So why do we still have an income tax, and one that is so convoluted and politicized, and a taxing agency that is feared more than Sauron in Mordor and Harry Potter's He Who Must Not Be Named put together?
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