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- The Confederate War Tax Form, 1863, documents a series of guidelines for the taxation of unique goods and services by the Confederacy in Virginia. The two-sheet, partly printed form lays out all the materials which are to be taxed and includes a statement of the possession of liquor to be taxed. The forms were signed by James Gwyn of Richmond, Virginia and Confederate Assessor W.E. Johnson
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- When the Confederate States seceded from the Union in 1861, the Confederate government intended to be light on taxes in principle, resulting in almost exclusive dependence on private donations to sustain itself and the initial war effort against the Union. The American Civil War was initially funded entirely via private donations, yet the fortunes of many donors began dwindling and war-weariness set in as the war dragged on. As a result, private donations and minor taxes were no longer enough. At the height of the American Civil War in 1862 and 1863, the Confederate government was forced to begin a large scale taxation of citizens in order to maintain the war effort. The taxes were presented to increasingly disgruntled citizens as a means to continue the independence from the Union. This Confederate War Tax Form is one such taxation of Confederate citizens, specifically on luxury, service, and corporate holdings. The form taxes citizens in Confederate dollars. Later in the war, the Confederacy began taxation in kind, taxation paid in goods and services rather than currency.
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