Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati edits the Institute for Policy Studies weekly on excess and inequality, Too Much. His most recent book, The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, has just been published.

Recent Articles

Happy Birthday, Dear Income Tax

Five lessons for progressives from our first century of income taxes. 

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In February 1913, exactly a century ago, the Sixteenth Amendment gave Congress a constitutional green light to levy a federal tax on income. Later that same year, lawmakers made good on that opportunity. An income tax has been part of the federal tax code ever since.