Here’s an interesting infographic regarding the history of US taxes.
President Lincoln enacted the first taxes in 1862 to pay for the civil war. The lowest tax bracket was 3%, while the highest was 5%. It was later repealed in 1872 until 1894 when it reintroduced again.
In 1913, the highest tax bracket was 7%.
In 1945, the highest tax bracket was a whopping 94%. Why do politicians love other peoples money?