By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 15, 2021) – In Issue 2021-72 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we talk the certainties of life:

Taxes, Death & Taxes

“…Nothing is certain except death and taxes.”  This quote has been attributed to both Ben Franklin and Mark Twain.  While it is unclear who said it first and likely someone else, it is clear state imposed taxes trace back to ancient Egypt.  Thus, logically this statement is flawed because it lacks a time reference, or no one died before the ancient Egyptians.  You decide.

Today is the traditional Tax Day in the US.  The first time the Federal Government imposed personal income tax was in 1861 – at a rate of 3% for those earning over $800 (or about $23,000 in today).  The Sixteenth Amendment made income tax a permanent fixture in 1913.

Here is Mitchell’s folding map of the US from pre-personal tax days… from 1832.

U.S. Map – 1832 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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