Plucking the Goose: The Taxman Cometh

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The office of the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue was established in 1862, and in 1913 a personal income tax was authorized by the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The mission of the Internal Revenue Service, according to the U.S. Government Manual, is “to collect the proper amount of tax revenue,… Read more »

Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions with Benjamin Franklin’s 13-Step Program

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About this time most of us have probably already given up on maintaining our New Year’s resolutions. It might be worthwhile, therefore, to observe Benjamin Franklin’s birthday today by reviewing the “bold and arduous project” he devised for achieving moral perfection in his personal life, and considering how his system might be applied in defining our… Read more »

The Day the Government Stood Still

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It’s happened—Congress has not agreed on a bill to fund government operations, time has run out, and now the U.S. federal government has shut down. Whenever federal agencies and programs are not appropriated funds by Congress, they experience what is known as a “funding gap.” Under the Antideficiency Act, they are required by law to… Read more »