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My Father’s 1959 Tax Return

Exclusive Excerpt from: “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” by Tom Purcell

I stumbled upon my father’s 1959 income tax return a few years ago. How I long for the simplicity he enjoyed when he filed his taxes that year.
For 1959, my father paid a measly 5 percent in federal taxes, even though his name wasn’t Rockefeller.
How did he do it? It was easy. For a year when the top income tax rate was 91 percent - President Kennedy would slash rates a few years later - deductions were many.
Even middle-class people ...

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