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 This income tax was repealed in 1872, but a new income tax statute was enacted as part of the Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act in 1894.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 Going Galt: Individuals Seceding
by Wendy McElroy (Daily Anarchist)
Everyone who produces and pays taxes is living for others to some degree. Their time, which is their life, supports the salaries of government workers and the entitlements of tax consumers. In Rands novel Atlas Shrugged, a group of producers withdra
News IRS using Google Maps to spy on taxpayers
The Daily Caller
IRS Agents are using Google Maps to audit taxpayers and organizations. A redacted IRS letter dated Sept. 8, 2011 reveals at least in one case the IRSs examiners used photos of a property, obtained through Google Maps, as evidence
News The Twenty First Century Abolitionist Project: Slavery and Taxation by Bill Buppert
I think it loathsome for one man to own another and the involuntary tribute demanded by government is simply another form of owning another mans wealth and labor. Taxation is the way collectivists practice their compassion by taking
News New tax law driving expats to renounce U.S. citizenship
My decision was either to protect my Canadian spouse and child from this overreach or I could relinquish my U.S. citizenship, she said. It was with great sorrow I felt I had to relinquish, but there was no other choice for me and many like me.
News The Other Feds-Snooping-On-Foreigners Scandal
by Radley Balko (Huffington Post)
HuffPost broke a big exclusive today with a story by Glenn Greenwald, Ryan Grim, and Ryan Gallagher about NSA monitoring the porn viewing habits of targets the agency has deemed to be radical.
It's a great story, but it also provides an interestin
News Boxer Manny Pacquiaos bank accounts frozen by Philippine authorities for unpaid U.S. taxes
Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao said authorities had frozen all his domestic bank accounts over allegations of unpaid taxes from lucrative fights in the US, leaving him financially paralyzed. This is harassment, the world champion said
News How Germany's taxman used stolen data to squeeze Switzerland
The data he stole gave details of as many as 2,500 clients with combined assets up to 2 billion Swiss francs. He sold it to a middleman, who then sold it to German tax inspectors that led to police raids on Credit Suisse's main offices in Germany.
Opinion Meghan`s Musings
Bitcoin Goes to Mordor
11-21-2013 Meghan Kellison
Mordor, affectionately known as Washington D.C., appears to have taken an interest in bitcoin lately. With the price rising rapidly over the past few weeks, sociopaths under the title of senators held meetings this week on what to do about this str
News Do Americans Prefer Deception?
http://www.lewrockwell.com, By Walter E. Williams
Theres more to the deceit and dishonesty about Social Security and Medicare discussed in my recent columns.
News So THATS Why We Have an Income Tax
Lew Rockwell blog
World War I would eventually cost the United States $50 billion. The federal budget grew from $742 million in 1916 to nearly $14 billion in 1918. The income tax [adopted in 1913] was needed to finance that explosion
News TSA to Pre-Screen Air Travelers Tax Info, Property Records, Travel History
http://www.lewrockwell.com, By Joe Wolverton II
Owe money to the IRS? Having trouble making your mortgage payments? Ever been sued or been arrested?
News IRS to Jail Woman Who Owes $0 in Taxes, Seeks Jury Nullification
Doreen Hendrickson is spending what might be the last weekend she has with her family for a few years.
News Hollande's Tax Everything Plan Blows Sky High With Riots by Farmers;
Hollande Backs Down on Ecotax, on a Tax on Savings, On Corporate Earnings; Something For Nothing
News IRS' Lois Lerner gave confidential Tea Party tax info to FEC, violating law
The Internal Revenue Service shared highly confidential tax information of several Tea Party groups in the IRS scandal with the Federal Election Commission, a clear violation of federal law, according to newly obtained emails.
The public watchdog
This year, I'm going as a much younger Tim Slagle for Halloween. Twenty years ago I recorded the bit that would become my signature. it has been copied by many, but there is no substitute for the original.
News Harry Reid: 'Everybody ... Willing to Pay More' Taxes
Reid rebuked the Nevada Public Radio host when he was asked what Republicans would have to concede to get Medicare and Social Security cuts on the table.
You keep talking about Medicare and Social Security. Get something else in your brain. Stop
News [FULL Interview] Judge Napolitano on the Debt Deal: 'We Still Owe
http://www.youtube.com, NBC BREAKING
Is raising the debt ceiling just another excuse for the government to tax you?
News International Monetary Fund strongly suggests countries tax the rich to fix deficit
But in its Fiscal Monitor report, subtitled Taxing Times, the Fund advanced the idea of taxing the highest-income people and their assets to reinforce the legitimacy of spending cuts and fight against growing income inequalities.
News IRS Watchdog: $67 Million Missing from Obamacare Slush Fund
prisonplanet.com, Americans For Tax Reform
The IRS is unable to account for $67 million spent from a slush fund established for Obamacare implementation, according to a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report released today.
News Out Of Ideas And In Debt, Spain Sets Sights On Taxing The Sun
Its always sunny in Spain, right? That might be a bit of an overstatement but the country hasnt garnered a sunny reputation for nothing: cities like Huelva and Seville boast nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine per year.
News New Corporate Tax Shelter: A Merger Abroad
New York Times
From New York to Silicon Valley, more and more large American corporations are reducing their tax bill by buying a foreign company and effectively renouncing their United States citizenship.
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