The North And South's Tax System: A Comparative Study

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North and South both employed different approaches for taxation and in the long run the North's tax system proved to be more effective. The southern society enjoyed one of the lightest tax burdens and the government’s all efforts to generate revenue-using taxation proved to be ineffective in the long run.
The southern Congress imposed a minor tariff in 1861, but the contribution due to it was $3.5 million only and that too in four years. In 1861, a small direct tax of 0.5 percent was also imposed on personal and real property. But the most states not collected the tax. In 1863, due to inflation, the government decided to enact a progressive income tax. It was set as a levy of 8% on certain goods used for excise, sale and license duties. Additionally,
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