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Tax Collector's Office, Harlingen, Texas.
德州哈莱姆顿市的税务中心

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缴税日
1913
415

糟糕,又到了415日。即使你不知道这个日期代表什么,你的父母也一定知道:这就是缴税日。所有美国人在这一天都要缴交所得税。所得税已经成为我们日常生活的一部分,很难想像美国不收取所得税会是什么样子。 

打从一开始,一个国家就要付出昂贵费用来运作,而政府也必须负责筹措经费,来支付这些费用。在独立战争之前,酒税与烟税是政府主要的税收来源,但是政府需要更多的经费。


Uh oh, it's April 15. Even if you don't know what that means, your parents probably do--it's Tax Day. Income taxes are usually due on this day from all employed Americans. Income taxes have become such a common part of our lives, that it is hard to imagine that, at one time, there was no income tax in the U.S.

From its beginning, this country has been very expensive to run, and the government has been responsible for raising the money to pay those expenses. Before the Revolutionary War, whiskey and tobacco taxes provided most of the revenue. After the war, however, the government needed more money.

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