-TAX SIMPLIFICATION (it started out pretty simple)
The 1913 Form 1040 was four pages long.
Page 1 summarized everything in 8 lines:
- Gross Income
- General Deductions
- Net Income
- Dividends and corporate-related income
- Tax Withheld
- Exemptions $ 3000-$4000)
- Taxable Income
- Tax (1% if your taxable income was $20,000-$50,000) If you made over $ 500,000 the tax was a whopping 6%. Soak the rich!
Page 2 was a summary of nine categories of income which were to be included in lines 1 and 4 of page 1.
Page 3 was a summary of “general deductions” consisting of six categories. One category was “a reasonable deduction” of depreciation. They didn’t even use the word depreciation, but called it an allowance for wear and tear.
Page 4 was the instructions.
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