“In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes,” wrote Benjamin Franklin. The subject of death is covered elsewhere on our site; here we present a section about taxes.



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Congressional bill 602P will allow the U.S. Postal Service to slap a 5¢ surcharge on every e-mail message sent.


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The U.S. government assigns Social Security numbers on the basis of race, a practice that permits employers to screen applicants and weed out those of color.


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African-Americans are entitled to a $5,000 slavery reparation tax credit.


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Several million fewer dependents were claimed on federal income tax returns the year the IRS started requiring taxpayers to list the Social Security numbers of their children.


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Humorous (and so far anonymous) essay on how taxes work.


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The U.S. government grants seven-year tax holidays to immigrants.


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You can slip out of the IRS’ audit stream by not using the preprinted labels supplied with your income tax forms.


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A Social Security number “issued” by Woolworth was used by thousands of people.


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A man angered by the IRS’s refusal to allow deductions for all three of his children threatened to turn the raising of two of them over to the government.


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Special one-time federal excise tax credit in 2006 rebates tax overpayment on phone bills.


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Payment of U.S. federal income taxes is voluntary.