- the revenue of a government from any domestic source, usually considered to be any source other than customs.
Origin of internal revenue
An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800
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Examples from the Web for internal revenue
Such books and records shall be open at all times to the inspection of any internal-revenue officer or agent.
All provisions of the internal-revenue law will be carried into effect under the proper officers.
Again, in the machinery of the internal-revenue laws all these States are districted, not as "Territories," but as "States."
At the adjournment of Congress the number of internal-revenue collection districts was 126.
And you will be amused to see how his bright wife was brighter than all the internal-revenue people.Stories of Invention
Edward E. Hale
- US government income derived from taxes, etc, within the country
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