Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dalhousie Prof Makes Good

Shirley Tillotson rocks. As does tax law history. Seriously.

Says the Canadian Historical Review:

Congratulations to Shirley Tillotson, who was chosen as the English-language recipient of the Hilda Neatby Prize, 2010, sponsored by the Canadian Committee on Women's History. Dr. Tillotson was awarded this prize at the Canadian Historical Association's annual meeting in May, held at Concordia University. The prize is awarded to the best English-language academic article deemed to make an original and scholarly contribution to the field of women's and gender history. Dr. Tillotson won for her article, "The Family as Tax Dodge: Partnership, Individuality, and Gender in the Personal Income Tax Act, 1942 to 1970", which was published in the Canadian Historical Review, 90:3 (2009): 391-425. Her article was described by the awards jury as making 'a major contribution to our understanding of the welfare state, the family economy, feminist theory and political history.'

Chris likes pictures. So here's one of Shirley from the Dal History website. And one of Hilda Neatby from the University of Regina Archives and Special Collections 80-8-16.
via the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan.

Update, September 22: From Shirley Tillotson (Shirley[dot]Tillotson[at]Dal[dot]ca):
Thanks for starting a tax history thread. It's true -- tax history is SO interesting!

There's an Americanist historian in France, Romain Huret, who has a fine blog on the history of tax "refusals" in the United States. He and Nicholas Delalande have organized a conference this fall, where Elsbeth Heaman of McGill and I are presenting papers. Details here.

David Tough, a doctoral student at Carleton, is working on a thesis about the intellectual history of the early federal income tax.

There are a million great stories to track down in tax history. What about the work of poll tax collectors in the 1920s through the 1960s? This kind of head tax was often called a bachelor's tax, because it was usually only paid by men and only by men who didn't own a home or other real estate. (An M.A. student here at Dal this year might take up this project, if you're a grad student, check in with me to talk about sharing the subject.) And the municipal income taxes! The scandals around how those were dodged give a fascinating look into the real world of municipal wheeling and dealing in the late 19th century.The abolition of the war income tax in Newfoundland must be another great story, part of the background to the events of 1934. And there are so many more possible topics. I'd be happy to hear from anyone working on tax history.
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