Approximately when did the US federal government's revenue become larger than state and local revenue?

Even after the Constitution in 1787 the federal government's revenue was still much smaller than local. When did it become larger? Was it in the 1910s after the income tax, or only post WW2?

Basically, when did the US federal government's taxation power become more powerful than state+local?

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    I am not convinced the first sentence in your second paragraph is actually true. I found this (see table 1), says that revenue at the national level was always higher than the state level. Do you have a reference that shows otherwise, or is this just your supposition? (Remember that excise taxes always existed at the national level, and were lucrative.) – Gort the Robot Feb 6 at 18:31
  • Thanks @GorttheRobot. Actually what I'm really interested in is when the federal government became more powerful than state+local combined, which from Table 1 happened with WW2 - and the federal government never cut back its power. – Some Guy Feb 7 at 18:55

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