Tax Facts Made Simple

Hey GirlMoguls – It’s Girlmogul Lily here –  have you noticed that the grownups in your life might seem a bit stressed lately?  Well that’s could because it’s tax time – yup – annual personal income taxes are due in the United States on April 15th.  This means that most Americans need to spend a bit of time going over their personal finances and filling out some paperwork – either online or in paper.

Tax day is an accepted ritual for most Americans, but I was wondering how it got started.  Luckily I was able to find a tax expert to explain it all.  Kate Kelly is a writer and historian who loves digging into our past and making it come alive – you can check out her site at for more fun facts about the past – and read below to understand just what TAXES are all about.


By Kate Kelly, America Comes Alive!

Governments, like people, need an income in order to pay for what is needed, and as you can imagine, wars are one of the most expensive undertakings a country can take on.  For that reason, the beginning of our system of having our income taxed has its roots in the Civil War.  President Lincoln and Congress created a commissioner of Internal Revenue to collect taxes on income; it was repealed ten years later.

In 1894, Congress attempted to revive the income tax but it was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the U.S. tax system.  The rates of taxation have varied widely over the years.

One of the biggest changes in the system came in 1943, when Congress passed a law that permitted companies to withhold taxes on wages, and this was vitally important in helping to fund World War II.

While the majority of Americans are resigned to the fact that they are going to have to pay taxes each year, in reading old newspaper reports about people paying their taxes, I found one story about a couple who actually embraced it:  On April 15, 1951 a 70-year-old couple in Syracuse, New York received a $27 refund check for an income tax overpayment.  They returned it to the Internal Revenue Collector, explaining their refusal to accept it as being due to their thankfulness for “the opportunity to continue working.”

To read more about America’s past, please visit, or on Facebook at  Kate’s website is also a wonderful resource for parents and families, providing little-known stories of America’s past and information for sharing our rich heritage with children, so be sure to check it out!


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A Faraway Island Book review for tweens

Hey GirlMoguls – here is one of the best tween books around. It is based on a true story about a very sad time – World War II and the Holocaust.  In 1939, 500 German- Jewish children were sent to Sweden to love with Swedish families to escape persecution.   In this story two sisters, Stephie and Nellie leave Vienna for a little island off the coast of Sweden – but they have to go separate homes.  They have tow very different experiences – one is able to fit in, but the other is teased.  And of course, they wonder if they will ever see their parents again.

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Quote of the Day – Anne Frank

“Parents can only give good advice or put them [children] on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
– Anne Frank

Anne Frank And Her Family
Anne Frank And Her Family

Anne Frank is best renowned for her book which was published after her death, The Diary of a Young Girl. The book tells the story of her experiences in hiding out during the World War II. She was a very strong, determined and intelligent young girl. This quotation comes from her book and speaks of how all individuals ultimately decide and shape their lives and personas. Our parents try their best to discipline us and advise us on what is good or bad so we can stay on the right track. They are always there to make sure we are doing the right thing and that we learn from our mistakes. Sometimes we get upset and we don’t quite understand why we are being yelled at or disciplined, and sometimes it even hurts our parents to yell at us. But, I like to think they do it for our own good, so that we turnout out to be good individuals. Ultimately, parents and the adults that surround us want us to become well rounded, and thus lead us to that path as Anne Frank states. The idea is that these kinds of tools are given to us, but we must use them to become the people we want to be.

They try their best while we are young to teach us good from bad and right from wrong but when we become young adults we start to make our own choices in life. I’m sure you can think of when you were little your parents would tell you not do something “because they said so.” I never liked those responses, but now I can appreciate that my parents were just trying to give me the tools to become a better person in society. We come at a point in our lives when we are old enough to decide for ourselves on what we want and what we should do. In this quotation, I believe Anne Frank is saying that there is only so much our parents can do for us. They advise us based on their experiences and beliefs, but in the end, we all make our own decisions and it’s in our discretion how we turn out. We decide ourselves who we become, and keep their thoughts in mind.

Read more about her here…

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GirlMogul of the Day: Anne Frank


We all hear of the girl Anne Frank in school, and maybe we’ve read her most famous diary. But, it’s also important to learn about someone’s background and history. That can help us understand her words and meaning, such as in the quotation I picked to highlight this week. So, I did some digging!

I found out that Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929, in the city of Frankfurt am Main in Weimar, Germany. In 1933, she moved with her family to Amsterdam. After the Nazis came into power in Netherlands, the Jews were being victimized and a lot of them went into hiding. Anne and her family were among the many Jewish families that had to hideout to avoid persecution. They hid inside of a hidden room in her father’s office building. Unfortunately, after 2 years of hiding they were caught and sent to the concentration camps. Anne Frank had passed away due to typhus after spending a few months inside the concentration camps. Her father was the sole survivor from his family in World War II, and survived the long suffering in the camp. After the war had ended, he returned to Amsterdam and found a diary of Anne which documented all of her experiences during the war. He went on to publish the diary in 1947 for the world to read her stories. The diary chronicles her experiences in the war from June 12, 1942, to August 1, 1944.

The diary is internationally acclaimed as one of the most widely read books in the world. It is read in classrooms and her stories are taught to kids in school all over the world. Anytime there are stories told of Holocaust, Anne Frank’s name is usually mentioned because of her commitment to documenting her experiences, and the exposure her words give to us today. Her tragic story and experience during the war has given a lot of the readers a closer look at what people faced during those troubled times. Although she was a young girl at the time, she was very determined to become more than just a mother and a wife. She wanted more from life and she had big dreams; she wanted to become a journalist, or a writer. She started to document her stories in her diary which was given to her for her birthday not knowing if anyone would ever read them or if they would ever mean anything to anyone. Now those stories have inspired thousands and have touched so many people and she is a part of our history. Anne Frank will live on through her story forever. Have you read the diary of Anne Frank? If so, let me know what you thought of it!

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