If You’re Angry About Taxes, Here’s Who to Blame –

It’s coming up to tax season again, which has a lot of us wondering: Who came up with this crap? The oldest records of taxes go back to 6000 B.C. in what is now Iraq. The ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Chinese all had their own versions of taxes, too. Abraham Lincoln, instituted federal income taxes to help pay for the Civil War. The English used rules established by Roman emperor Caesar Augustus for personal and inheritance taxes. So when you’re sending payment to the ATO this year, you can choose who you want to blame: Greeks, Egyptians, Iraqis, the Chinese, Romans or the English.

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