Comment: Income Tax & 16th Amendment

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Income Tax & 16th Amendment

FYI, the 16th Amendment didn't mandate an income tax. It simply gave Congress the "power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states". Article I, Section 9, Clause 4 of the Constitution provides that "No Capitation or other direct tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken." According to most interpretations, the 16th Amendment allowed an income tax, without the necessity of raising incomes from each of the states proportionate to their populations, which would have been virtually impossible to calculate and/or implement. There are those who maintain that, even with the 16th Amendment, a tax on personal income is still not permitted under the Constitution. In any event, IMHO it is not inconsistent to be 100% for the Constitution and be strongly against an income tax, or even to openly seek to repeal the 16th Amendment.

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