COFFEE & TEA TAX PROPOSED IN HOUSE COMMITTEE
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, May 9, 1917, Chairman Claude Kitchin* (D-North Carolina) of the House Ways and Means Committee introduced a bill which included a tax on coffee and tea. The bill also added a higher tax on sugar.
It was projected that the legislation would raise 1.8 billion dollars in addition to the current revenue of 1.5 billion dollars. Coffee and tea had been exempt from federal taxation for a number of years.
The tax would be 1 cent per pound on coffee, and 2 cents per pound on tea.
Chairman Kitchin said....
"The committee believes it is sound economic policy for the present generation to bear a fair portion of the burden of financing the war."
*Claude Kitchin (1869-1923) was born in Halifax County, NC & served in the House of Representatives 1900-1923. CK was Majority Leader 1915-1919 & voted against the declaration of war on Germany in 1917. He was critical of some of WW's policies.
"TAX HITS COFFEE; TEA TOO, Both Added To Bill To Meet Cost of War," The Chicago Daily Tribune, May 10, 1917, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/
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