Brooklyn Boro

March 15: ON THIS DAY in 1943, 1,800,000 pay $400 each in record boro tax rush

March 15, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle

ON THIS DAY IN 1866, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Last evening, at the annual meeting of the Excelsior Base Ball Club, a presentation was made of a very handsome gold medal to Mr. George H. Flanley, the well known second base man of the club, and the able manager of the police telegraph in this city. The medal was presented by the Knickerbocker Club of New York, to be given to the member of the Excelsior Club making the best average play last season. On one side the names of these clubs and base ball insignia are handsomely set in blue enamel, while the other side bears the following inscription: ‘Presented to George H. Flanley, of the Excelsior B.B. Club, of Brooklyn, by Jas. W. Davis, Sam’l H. Kissam, R.H. Hinsdale, Jas. E. Vail, Jr., C. Homros and Alonzo Slote, for the best general play during the season of 1866.’ The medal is valued at $80.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1943, the Eagle reported, “One million eight hundred thousand taxpayers from Brooklyn and vicinity are paying Uncle Sam $800,000,000, or an average of $400 each, in income taxes, it was revealed today by Joseph D. Nunan Jr., Collector for the First District office of the Department of Internal Revenue, 210 Livingston St. Nunan said that by midnight he expects 1,000,000 returns will have been filed for a total of $200,000,000 in first quarter payments. The number of returns filed is expected to exceed that of any other district office in the entire United States. The largest check thus far received at the Brooklyn office is for $3,329,463 – a quarterly payment from a well-known Brooklyn corporation. It is believed that a check nearly seven times that amount will be received before the day is over. Six other checks of more than $1,000,000 also have been received here. But payments also ranged downward to the one-cent mark and many returns were received without cash.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1950, the Eagle reported, “As they do every year on the BIG DAY – March 15 – thousands queued up today at the Internal Revenue Office at 210 Livingston St. and swamped the tax experts with queries and personal financial problems. Officials at the office were too busy to try to figure out whether the last-minute rush this year was greater or less than in the past. They’ll think that over tomorrow, when the jam thins down to those who missed out on the deadline. Just for the record, your federal income tax return must be filed in person or placed in the mail before midnight tonight. The office will remain open until the deadline to give last-minute help, according to Collector Joseph P. Marcelle. There was some speculation that the rush was greater than last year, because of the reduction in withholding in effect for the past year which just about wiped out the big refunds so many taxpayers had received in previous years. When refunds are sizeable, officials said, most taxpayers don’t bother itemizing small deductions. But when they found earlier this year that they either just broke even or may have had to pay a small additional amount, they paid more attention to the little things and decided professional help was needed.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1952, the Eagle reported, “The State Senate yesterday unanimously adopted a resolution calling upon Congress to make a national shrine of the long-ignored burial place of the 256 Marylanders whose rearguard action has been credited with enabling American forces to escape from Long Island after the defeat of the Battle of Brooklyn. The Assembly adopted the resolution last week. On Feb. 7, Representative John J. Rooney introduced in Congress a resolution that would have the government erect a monument with appropriate setting on the site – 3rd Ave. between 7th and 8th Sts. A resolution similar to the one approved by New York was adopted some time ago by the Maryland Legislature.”

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