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By Harold Pease Ph D
Special to Anza Valley Outlook 

Before 1913 no one paid income tax. Why now?

 

Last updated 5/3/2019 at 12:50am



As a nation under the U.S. Constitution we are 230 years old. It may surprise readers to learn that for the first 124 of these years the country had no federal income tax and handled its expenses quite well. Today the 55% who pay federal income taxes, and the 77.5 million who do not, pay nearly a fifth of their income to the federal government. Before 1913 they would have kept what is now taken from them.

How would you spend it, if it was not taken? You would spend the extra fifth of your salary on thousands of items that are made by others as well as services you might like. This missing...



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