If you’re like me, and you filed your federal taxes at the last minute only a couple of weeks ago, you might have been intrigued by an unusual option: a refund of between $30 to $60 to which you probably didn’t know you were entitled.
The IRS, at the urging of Congress, is issuing what it calls the “most wide-reaching” refund in its history for a now-defunct telephone-excise tax. And that’s where today’s “TIH” comes in.
The tax was first levied in 1898 to finance the Spanish-American War, at a time when telephones were considered a “luxury.”
“Today in History” looks back at April 25, 1898, the day the United States formally declared war on Spain.