It is said that there are two things you can’t escape: death and taxes, and ironically the chances of dying on tax day (April 17 this year) increase as there are on average more fatal traffic accidents than on any other day of the year. Taxes are not unique to the United States. The first record of taxes comes from Mesopotamia about 4,500 B.C.

In the past 6,500 plus years the tax code has become a bit more complex, and according to a 2017 study taxpayers spend on average 17 hours preparing their tax returns – up from 13 hours in 2013. Today Americans spent a collective six billion hours on taxes! While no one likes to pay the taxman or prepare a return you can take a quick break and test your knowledge of U.S. tax history.


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