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Monday, December 17, 2012

The Income Tax Form, 1913-2012

Quartz:  Line for Line, US Income Taxes Are More Complex Than Ever:

The 1040 has been the primary American tax form since the introduction of the personal income tax in 1913. That’s even been the form’s name since the very beginning. But what started as a simple document with 27 lines of information to fill out has grown ever more complex: the current 1040 has 77 line items—plus a 189-page appendix of instructions.

Comparison of the 1950 1040 to the 2011 1040


(Hat Tip: Francine Lipman.)

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That's cute --- but wait until you see 2013.

Posted by: Cali | Dec 17, 2012 2:21:26 PM