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Tax Collector's Office, Harlingen, Texas.
Office of a tax collector in Harlingen, Texas

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Tax Day
April 15, 1913

Uh oh, it's April 15. Even if you don't know what that means, your parents probably do--it's Tax Day. Income taxes are usually due on this day from all employed Americans. Income taxes have become such a common part of our lives, that it is hard to imagine that, at one time, there was no income tax in the U.S.

From its beginning, this country has been very expensive to run, and the government has been responsible for raising the money to pay those expenses. Before the Revolutionary War, whiskey and tobacco taxes provided most of the revenue. After the war, however, the government needed more money.

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