Die and Pay Taxes

Die and Pay Taxes - Die and Pay Taxes Mundane Excogitations...

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Die and Pay Taxes Mundane Excogitations It’s that time of the year again when the Wesley Snipes’ and Vivien Kellem’s of the world come out of the woodwork to cry foul  against the IRS for the annual collection of taxes.  The idea of paying taxes to the governing body of your nation is as old as time  itself, with documented history of being required in the days of pharaohs, Athenians, Romans and so on.  Yet somewhere along the  way an overzealous American snagged their copy of the Constitution and decried the right of the US Government to follow suit.   Obviously, they overlooked the sixteenth amendment and have left it up to the IRS and judicial system of our country to point out  their oversight in courtrooms. The 16th Amendment states: The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among  the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.
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In plain English this means, that through the discretion afforded Congress, they can impose the collection of tax on the income of  US citizens. The argument is that since the founding fathers had not incorporated this idea at the birth of our nation, then it has no bearing on the  current laws.  And in part, yes, our country went without an income tax system imposed on a federal level since the birth and up  through the Civil War. This isn’t to say that Americans weren’t taxed til that point though.  From early days of colonization in fact, taxes were levied against 
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Die and Pay Taxes - Die and Pay Taxes Mundane Excogitations...

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