Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Definition & History


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What two positions in the IRS are appointed by the President?

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1. In 2016, the budget of the IRS was around _____ and the IRS had more than _____ employees.

2. What amendment to the U.S. Constitution specifically gave Congress the power to assess an income tax?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These questions allow you to measure your knowledge of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). See how much you know about the history of this agency and how it operates.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz you'll make sure you understand:

  • The budget and employment figures for the IRS
  • When the first U.S. income tax was levied
  • The two presidential appointees within the IRS

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as the size and makeup of the IRS
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding when income taxes were first used in the U.S.
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the amendment to the U.S. Constitution that allowed income to be taxed and what the first rate was

Additional Learning

For more information about this bureau of the U.S. federal government, review the lesson titled Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Definition & History. You will explore topics like:

  • The highest rate of income taxation in U.S. history
  • How all non-appointed IRS positions are filled
  • The year the IRS was comprehensively restructured
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