Did you know:
The Revenue Act of 1862 was passed as an emergency and temporary war-time tax. It copied a relatively new British system of income taxation, instead of trade and property taxation.
The first income tax was passed in 1862:
- The initial rate was 3% on income over $800, which exempted most wage-earners.
- In 1862 the rate was 3% on income between $600 and $10,000, and 5% on income over $10,000.
- In 1864 the rate was 5% on income between $600 and $5,000; 7.5% on income $5,000–10,000; and 10% on income $10,000 and above.