America’s First Income Tax Form
July 7, 2005
Ever wonder what the original 1913 IRS 1040 form looked like? See a PDF version here.
Notable for its four-page length—and single page of instructions—the original 1040 requires at least one thing modern forms don’t: math knowledge. The 1913 form actually lists individual tax rates and brackets, allowing taxpayers to calculate tax liability the old fashioned way as opposed to looking it up in a pre-calculated table—or clicking an option box in TurboTax.