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United States. Bureau of Internal Revenue


Historical Note

The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) started in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln created the position of Commissioner of Internal Revenue to help raise money to fund the American Civil War. Initially, the IRS collected income taxes, however, taxing income was unpopular and from 1868 to 1913 most taxes collected were "sin taxes" collected on vices such as alcohol and tobacco.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

J. A. Brown Account Book

Identifier: Ms-2022-072

This collection contains an Internal Revenue collections account book kept by J. A. Brown of Martinsville, Virginia, from 1889-1892.

Dates: 1889 - 1892

United States Internal Revenue Special Tax Stamps,

Identifier: Ms-2015-061

This collection includes a United States Internal Revenue Retail Liquor Dealer Stamp for Special Tax for the year 1876.

Dates: 1876 - 1876