102 Years of Taxation: Chart Shows How out of Control the IRS Has Gotten

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
By Paul Martin

Lily Dane
The Daily Sheeple
April 21st, 2015

With the end of “tax season” nearly a week behind us, many Americans are likely moving through the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, or acceptance.

It is probably not shocking to anyone to hear that the IRS is among the most hated and feared of the government agencies (it has taken first place in many annual polls). A quick look at the history of the income tax might provide some hints as to why we despise the agency so much:

From IJReview:

The modern income tax began in February 1913 when Congress passed the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution, thanks to the administration of Republican William Howard Taft.

The House passed the short amendment in July 1909, with a 318 to 14 vote:

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on income, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

The first tax bill came from the Woodrow Wilson administration in 1913. Wilson made the income tax a key part of his electoral campaign (the Republican party platform of 1912 did not mention the income tax).

This chart from Americans for Tax Reform shows just how much the income tax has grown since 1913:

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