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Why Do We Even Pay Income Taxes? Here’s Your History Lesson

Marion Doss, Flickr
Marion Doss, Flickr

“Nothing can said to be certain, except death and taxes.” As April 15 approaches, those famous words from Benjamin Franklin resonate stronger and stronger. Yet Franklin spoke them 100 years before the most difficult and vexing tax to most Americans — the income tax — even existed.

So how exactly did the income tax as we know it come to be?

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7 Apps Guaranteed to Make Tax Season a Breeze

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Apple/Thinkstock/Apple

Tax season isn’t fun for anyone. While filing your taxes means digging through shoeboxes of receipts, guessing at what number goes on which line and and pounding your head against real or imaginary walls, it can be even worse.

Luckily there are a few great apps that can help ease the frustration of tax time. This year, let your phone save you some irritation — and maybe even some money.

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