Marie has been our archivist for quite a while now, and every so often races up from the Castle basement because she either found something really interesting from our past, or another casket moved a couple inches while growling at her. Today, fortunately, it was the former.
Remarkably, she found the Czar’s very first tax return from 1913. The Czar always paid his taxes and tariffs and whatnot, but this was the first form we ever filled out to do so. Sigh. How long ago that was, that the Czar had only $37 million in income that year. Thanks to our influential accounting practices, of course, we had a million more in deductions. Remarkably, we show a million dollar loss that year as we almost always do.
The tax forms back then were a little simpler, but were basically two pages with another two pages of instructions. Remarkable compared to today.