Heather Ginsberg

Today is the 100th birthday of the income tax. On February 3, 1913 the 16th amendment was ratified, which enabled the establishment of the federal income tax. This is ever in our mind as tax season is now upon us.

Look at this graphic that Americans for Tax Reform released in honor of the 100th anniversary:




Top Tax Bracket



Tax Bracket Range

1% - 7%

10% - 39.6%

Top Tax Bracket Threshold (today's dollars)

$11.6 million


Total Tax Revenues (today's dollars)

$16.6 billion

$2.7 trillion

Family Standard Deduction (today's dollars)



Total Number of 1040s filed


140 million

Total Pages in Tax Code




Is it just me, or does this show something is a little off? Oh yeah, remember that part where liberals think the rich need to pay their fair share! Look at our top tax bracket, who on earth would have thought one hundred years ago we would be asking almost half of Americans to pay even more in taxes?

Well, happy tax season! And the happiest of birthdays to one of the biggest pains!

Heather Ginsberg

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