United States Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/GROUP REV: Non-postal franks used to collect federal tax

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GROUP REV: Non-postal franks used to collect federal tax[edit]

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  • These stamps are also called fiscal or revenue franks.
  • Meter stamps were used by the Internal Revenue Service to collect taxes levied on the transfer of property, also known as documentary transfer tax. Meter stamps were used for this purpose from 1962 until the IRS stopped using revenue stamps for this purpose.
  • The earliest known date of use is December 27, 1962.




Type REV-A2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp REV1.jpg

REV1. Pitney Bowes.    [RR for proof tape, RRRR used on document]

The central design pictures an eagle in flight with a rayed sun and mountains in the background.
At right are "United States Internal Revenue" above "DOCUMENTARY" above the value figures.
Value figures are negative digits on a solid background.
Six-digit transaction number reads up at left.
Meter numbers with P.B.NO prefix, seen are 1002 and several in the 1180 series.
V/F:    000.00

NOTE: Most of the known examples of this stamp are zero cent proofs on tape. Only one document is known franked by this stamp.



Type REV-A1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp REV2.jpg

REV2. Pitney Bowes, 1964.    [R for proof tape, RR used on document]

The central design pictures the U.S. Treasury building in Washington D.C. and its seal.
At right are "UNITED STATES / INTERNAL REVENUE" above "DOCUMENTARY" above the value figures.
Value figures are negative digits on a solid background.
Six-digit transaction number reads up at left.
Meter numbers in P.B. METER 10000 series.
V/F:    000.00

NOTE: Most of the known examples of this stamp are zero cent proofs on tape. Several documents are known franked by the stamp.