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Those Dirty Rotten Taxes: The Tax Revolts That Built America

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April 15th, "Tax Day", is arguably the most dreaded day of the year. Our hatred of taxation carries its own rich history stretching back to the Boston Tea Party, when the British tax on tea caused outraged colonials to dump boatloads of it into Boston Harbor.

In Those Dirty Rotten Taxes, Charles Adams, a former tax lawyer and now a tax consultant with the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., takes us on a lively, amusing, and informative journey through some of the nation's pivotal tax revolts. Audits, cheating, and seizures are present-day tax images, but the Revolution, the Civil War, the Progressive era, and the Cold War have all had tax debates at their core.

From the era of President John Adams, when German settlers held tax assessors hostage, to the government's deadly war against the Appalachian moonshiners of the 1800s which culminated in the formation of the Internal Revenue Bureau, to today's debate over abolishing the income tax, this illuminating and provocative account recasts the story of our country. It may even change the way we think about April 15th.

About the Author

Charles Adams, formerly a lecturer at the University of California at Los Angeles, is an independent scholar and tax consultant with the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., and the author of For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684843940
Subtitle:
The Tax Revolts that Built America
Author:
Adams, Charles
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Taxation - General
Subject:
Income tax
Subject:
Tax planning
Subject:
Income tax -- United States -- History.
Publication Date:
19980318
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.59x6.42x.90 in. 1.11 lbs.

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