Brief History of IRS

The roots of IRS go back to the Civil War when President Lincoln and Congress, in 1862, created the position of commissioner of Internal Revenue and enacted an income tax to pay war expenses. The income tax was repealed 10 years later. Congress revived the income tax in 1894, but the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional the following year.

16th Amendment
In 1913, Wyoming ratified the 16th Amendment, providing the three-quarter majority of states necessary to amend the Constitution. The 16th Amendment gave Congress the authority to enact an income tax. That same year, the first Form 1040 appeared after Congress levied a 1 percent tax on net personal incomes above $3,000 with a 6 percent surtax on incomes of more than $500,000.

In 1918, during World War I, the top rate of the income tax rose to 77 percent to help finance the war effort. It dropped sharply in the post-war years, down to 24 percent in 1929, and rose again during the Depression. During World War II, Congress introduced payroll withholding and quarterly tax payments.

1913 Form 1040 (PDF 126KB, 4 pages, including instructions)

A New Name
In the 50s, the agency was reorganized to replace a patronage system with career, professional employees. The Bureau of Internal Revenue name was changed to the Internal Revenue Service. Only the IRS commissioner and chief counsel are selected by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

By Tom Cohen, CNN
Fri May 17, 2013


IRS SCANDAL, Benghazi and Suppression of the Press


The eagle is speaking with clipped talons.  Three scandals are coming out of the current administration of Barack Obama.  Where they will end we do not know but, we do know that America’s wardrobe will change after all that’s said and done.

It appears as though our leadership has not grown up.  When children are caught doing something they should not have done, they usually all say, “I didn’t do it!”  Currently our leaders are all saying this from the President and Attorney General to all involved.  No one is taking the blame for any mistakes or sins that have been committed.  Children lie to escape the punishment of the authority(s) and may escape for the moment, but eventually all will come to light.

The Benghazi episode appears to have injured the chances of Hillary Clinton in her bid for the White House.  But, who knows and the News Media networks are generally on the side of “liberals.”  Now, they have turned on the administration because they have come under the attack of the administration.

Before these scandals, the news was gay marriage, pro-abortion rights, the economy, etc.  Now, we are watching to see how the fires burn out for the administration.

We must not forget that America is prophesied of in Revelation 13:11-18.  Thought its claws are clipped, she still has its power in other ways.  Though the IRS is under scrutiny, it is still the IRS.  Thought the Presidency is scarred, it is still the Presidency and so on for Congress and the other agencies of the government.  Laws are going to be passed and acted upon and people will feel the strain of life trying to adjust to “new norms.”

The bright side of it all is the fact that God is judging the actions  of men and nations and He will have the final word.  Christians especially, are to cheer up because they know that the end of all things is at hand.  God is working out the counsels of His will.  When the climax comes, it will be seen who has been in charge.  All will have to give an account for the things they have done.  There will be no children saying, “I didn’t do it!”