With the Fourth of July a mere week away, red, white, and blue are out in full force. With Independence Day on the horizon, the folks over at Community Tax decided to get in on the patriotic action. These tax experts decided to take it old school—to the old days of the Revolution to be exact.
They took an in-depth gander at a hallmark of American government—taxes. From money owed on paper products like documents, mail, and even playing cards, to taxes charged for whiskey manufacturing and purchases, it seems taxes haven’t changed too much in principle since the early days of our government and American way of life.
Our country has experienced quite a few changes in the centuries since John Hancock signed his name on that Declaration of Independence, but taxes have largely remained a common aspect of life. These days, we face taxes on mail postage, liquor taxes, and more, but our American ancestors shelled out their fair share to keep the country on its feet throughout the years.
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Take a look at the infographic; you’ll likely learn quite a bit. For example, did you know that the beer, wine and spirits tax will net about $9.5 billion for the government in 2016 alone? The surprises are plentiful, so check it out and see how much you had in common with the colonial citizens of old.
Fourth Of July: A Colonial Comparison Of Modern U.S. Taxes