United States Internal Revenue Special Tax Stamps,
Scope and Content
This collection includes a United States Internal Revenue Retail Liquor Dealer Stamp for Special Tax for the year 1876. The stamp is a remainder and has been punch-cancelled since it was not used to document taxes paid during its imprint year.
- 1876 - 1876
- United States. Bureau of Internal Revenue (Organization)
Collection is open for research.
Permission to publish material from United States Internal Revenue Special Tax Stamps must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.
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. To show that the appropriate tax had been paid, stamps were purchased and either affixed to the taxed goods or displayed in the taxed place of business. The stamps were pre-printed with a specific year. Any unused stamps were punch-cancelled by having triangular holes punched in them. These punch-cancelled stamps are referred to as "remainders" by collectors.
0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)
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This collection includes a United States Internal Revenue Retail Liquor Dealer Stamp for Special Tax for the year 1876.
The United States Internal Revenue Special Tax Stamps were purchased by Special Collections in October 2015.
The processing, arrangement, and description of the United States Internal Revenue Special Tax Stamps was completed in December 2015.
- United States Internal Revenue Special Tax Stamps, 1876
- Anthony Wright de Hernandez, Librarian
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