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Here’s to Your Wealth – Beyond April 15th


Now that most of us have made it through the April tax filing deadline, let’s lighten the mood with some fascinating facts about federal taxes in the US. Whether you’re a seasoned filer or a newbie to the tax game, these tidbits might just make you smile!

  1. Tax Day Dance: Did you know that Tax Day wasn’t always on April 15th? Until 1955, it was March 15th. The date was changed to give IRS employees more time to process returns.
  2. The Taxman’s Cut: Ever wonder where your tax dollars go? Roughly 50% of federal revenue comes from individual income taxes, while about a third comes from payroll taxes.
  3. The 1040 Shuffle: The IRS Form 1040, the standard individual tax return form, has undergone quite the evolution. It started as a simple one-page form in 1913 and has ballooned to over a hundred pages of instructions and schedules!
  4. The Rise of E-filing: In recent years, there has been a significant uptick in electronic filing (e-filing) of tax returns. According to IRS data, over 90% of individual tax returns were filed electronically in the past year, showcasing a growing preference for digital tax solutions.
  5. A Presidential Legacy: President Abraham Lincoln signed the first income tax into law in 1861 to fund the Civil War. It was repealed 10 years later but paved the way for the income tax we know today.
  6. Tax Havens Abroad: While the US has its own share of tax havens, including Delaware and Nevada, the Cayman Islands holds the title for the largest number of registered businesses per capita, many of which are for tax purposes.
  7. The Gig Economy: The rise of the gig economy (a segment of the service economy based on flexible, temporary or freelance jobs, often involving connecting clients and customers through an online platform*) has led to an increase in self-employment income. As more individuals engage in freelance work and independent contracting, tax authorities are exploring ways to ensure compliance and tax collection from this segment of the workforce.
  8. Millennial Taxpayers: Millennials, born between 1981 and 1996, now make up the largest share of the US workforce. As this generation continues to enter its prime earning years, their tax behaviors and preferences are shaping income tax trends, including an increased focus on work-life balance and flexibility.
  9. The AMT Surprise: The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) was initially created to ensure that the wealthiest Americans paid their fair share of taxes. However, it’s ensnared more middle-income taxpayers than originally intended.
  10. The IRS’s Favorite Season: Tax season isn’t just busy for taxpayers; it’s also the busiest time of the year for scammers. Be wary of phishing emails and phone calls pretending to be from the IRS – they’re out in full force during tax season!

These tax-related tidbits offer a glimpse into the dynamic and multifaceted world of income taxes in the US. As we navigate the complexities of the tax system, understanding these trends can provide valuable insights into the broader economic and societal forces at play.

The information provided is for informational purposes only. Always consult with a qualified tax professional for specific advice regarding your individual tax situation. Any reliance you place on the information provided is therefore strictly at your own risk.

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