TAXES: The Tithe that Grinds

TAX (taks), v.t. [OF. taxer, fr. L. taxare to touch sharply.] —Webster's

From Washington last week came the touching news that U.S. taxpayers had been touched, in fiscal 1956, to the sharp tune of $75.1 billion—13% more than the $66.3 billion they paid in federal taxes the year before. Naturally, said Internal Revenue Commissioner Russell C. Harrington, the increase could be attributed largely to higher levels of personal and corporate income, a fact from which few could recoil or take comfort.

Ever aware of the necessity to make taxpaying as painless as possible,* the I.R.S. also announced a new timesaving device....

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