Not too long ago, I was a guest on my friend’s radio talk show. You might know it: Sanity Check, broadcasted from “the top of West Mountain” in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The topic of our chat was the FairTax.Personally, I think the united States (I put the “u” in lowercase to indicate that the States are...Read more
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A History of Taxation in the US, and the Rise of the IRS
Prior to the Revolutionary War, the Colonial Government was far less centralized than it became after the war, and had a limited need for revenue. Contrarily, each of the individual colonies had greater responsibilities, and thus greater (yet differing) revenue needs. The Southern Colonies primarily taxed imports and exports. Central Colonies occasionally imposed a property tax and levied a “head” (or poll) tax on each adult male, while the New England Colonies raised revenue through real estate, excises and occupation taxes.