Tariffs were the largest source of federal revenue from the 1790s to the eve of World War I, until they were surpassed by income taxes.
The first federal statutes imposing the legal obligation to pay a federal income tax were adopted by Congress in 1861 and 1862 to pay for the Civil War. This income tax was repealed in 1872, but a new income tax statute was enacted as part of the Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act in 1894.
The United States Constitution specified Congress could impose a direct tax only if it was apportioned among the states according to each state's census population. In its 1895 decision the Supreme Court held in the case of Pollock v. Farmers' Loan & Trust Co. that a tax on income from property (a tax on interest, dividends or rent) was a direct tax under the Constitution, and so had to be apportioned.
The apportionment requirement made income taxes on property practically impossible, and Congress did not want to limit the income tax solely to a tax on wages.
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News No Taxes? There's an App For That!
There has been an angry uproar because Apple has hardly paid any extortion fees in the last 4 years on its billions in profits. Why this warrants an angry uproar and not a giant cheer for them for not supporting criminal governments is beyond us.
News Best Video EVER - IRS Commissioner Squirms
OMG this was just priceless to see Rep. Jim Jordan from Ohio NAILS that IRS thug. Watch as he starts to sweat and squirm and change his answers.
News Top IRS official will invoke the Fifth Amendment
Lois Lerner faces House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs Due to be quizzed about extra levels of scrutiny applied to conservative nonprofit organisations that applied for tax-exempt status But her lawyer says she will refuse to answer ..
News Top IRS Official to Invoke Fifth, Issa Subpoenas
Lois Lerner, the IRS official who headed the tax-exempt division when the targeting of tea-party groups took place, plans to invoke her Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer questions before Congress on Wednesday.
News Protesters chant 'IRS has got to go' in Cincinnati
Chanting "IRS has got to go," tea party activists are rallying in Cincinnati to protest extra IRS scrutiny of their groups. Waving such signs as "internal revenge service" and some wearing Colonial-era attire, members of tea party groups gathered
News White House senior aides knew details of IRS probe but didnt tell Obama, spokesman says
Senior White House officials, including Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, learned last month about a review by the Treasury Departments inspector general into the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups but did not inform Obama,
News The IRSs Job Is To Violate Our Liberties - by Ron Paul
Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk
What do you expect when you target the President? This is what an IRS agent allegedly said to the head of a conservative organization that was being audited after calling for the impeachment of then-President Clinton.
News Rep. Mike Kelly Rips IRS Chief A New One, Gets Standing O From Gallery
Appearing before the House Weighs and Means Committee today, exiting IRS chief Steven Miller couldnt do much more than just squirm in his chair as Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa vented the frustrations felt by millions of Americans.
News IRS Handed Out Nearly 100 Million In Bonuses Since 2009
There is a new report by the Washington Examiner claiming IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner took home tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses, and she is not alone. Nearly $100 million went toward agency bonuses since 2009 during the p
News IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office
The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.
News Caption the Photo: Eagles OL Evan Mathis Peeing on IRS Building Sign
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I hope Mathis doesnt owe any Taxes, because I am sure an audit is coming his way now.
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