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Yes, the ‘FairTax’ is fair

Posted 01/28/2014 11:02 am by

There is not a single worker in today’s workforce who has ever known a time when a percentage of their earnings were not taken out of their paycheck and sent directly to the federal government.

The 16th amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1913, just over 100 years ago, and it gave the federal government the authority to tax the earnings of American citizens. Until that time, except for a brief period during and after the Civil War, there had been no tax on a worker’s income in the United States. In fact, when Congress tried to revive the wartime “income tax” in 1894-95, it was challenged in court and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal income tax “unconstitutional.” Then nearly 20 years later, after the election of President Woodrow Wilson and a progressive congress, the Constitution was amended for the first time in 40 years to empower the federal government to tax a worker’s earnings.

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