Tax History, Unusual Taxes

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Thomas Jefferson

History of Taxation

Learn about the major developments in the history of taxes. This section includes major tax-related events in United States history as well as an overview of different kinds of taxes and their rates.

Strange Taxes

Learn about some of the strangest, most unusual, and funniest taxes in history. These are all true!

Strange Tax Deductions

Learn about unusual tax deductions that worked for people as well as strange tax deductions and exemptions that are part of the tax code in the United States and around the world.

Top 5 Frivolous Arguments against Taxation

Some people believe taxation is illegal and they often make incorrect Constitutional and legal arguments against taxes to avoid paying them. Read about the strangest and most absurd arguments here and learn why they are considered frivolous by the IRS.

Tax Evaders and Cheaters

Learn about the famous and infamous cases of tax evasion from throughout history and from around the world. 

History of the 1040 Form

Follow the evolution of the IRS 1040 Income Tax Form.

Presidential Tax Returns

See the tax returns of presidents, vice presidents, and recent presidential candidates. Also find out their views on taxes and their tax-related accomplishments.

History of the efile Method

The efile method has been around for many years, and dates back to 1986. Learn about how it came to be and about its history.

IRS Audit Stories

Most of the time, tax audits don't turn out to be that scary, but in some cases they can be pretty painful and complicated. Here are some taxpayer stories about painful IRS experiences.

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