The Nation: Giving to the Government

Americans paid $100 billion in personal federal income taxes for the past fiscal year, and most citizens probably feel that was more than enough. There are others, however, who wish to go beyond what they are legally bound to pay their Government, and they make outright gifts in the form of bequests, donations or nagging "conscience" money for an unforgotten bit of Government bilking.

No one knows how much money has been given over the years because the total has never been officially tabulated, but by one reckoning the Department of the Treasury has collected more than $43 million dollars since 1862....

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