"I paid My Income Tax Today"

Title

"I paid My Income Tax Today"

Subject

Federal Income Tax

Description

“I Paid My Income Tax Today” is a popular song, written by Irving Berlin, and performed by a number of popular artists including Danny Kaye, Gene Autry and the Dick Robertson Orchestra. The song, written in 1942, was commissioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to build support for the Roosevelt administration’s new tax law, the Revenue Act of 1942. The song directly ties income tax payment to the U.S. effort in World War II and urges the “average Joe” to take pride in paying his taxes just like “Rockefeller.”

Creator

Composer/Lyricist: Irving Berlin

Source

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Date

1942

Files

Citation

Composer/Lyricist: Irving Berlin, “"I paid My Income Tax Today",” The American Century, accessed November 23, 2017, http://americancentury.omeka.wlu.edu/items/show/33.