What is the 16th Amendment?

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On February 3rd, 1913, the states ratified the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It reads:

"The congress shall have the 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."

This amendment gives the federal government the power to tax a person's income. These income taxes can be used to pay for the government's new programs. Taxes are not based on a flat rate but can change according to the amount of income earned. The richer you are, the more taxes you pay. If you're poor, you get a break.


If you examine the bill closer you will find that the amount of states needed to ratify this amendment was never met, and adding to that, this bill is completely unconstitutional as it is a direct unpartitioned tax
The 16th Amendment allowed the government to instate the Income Tax.
The Income Tax was originally passed as a bill through Congress, but the United States Supreme Court declared it as unconstitutional. The only way to bypass that ruling was to add it to the constitution as an amendment.
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What is the 16th amendment about?

It says that we can be taxed on money we make. And the total tax amount depends on the amount we are paid. .

What is the purpose of the 16th amendment?

The 16th Amendment authorized individual taxation of Americans, the income tax. The Sixteenth Amendment provides that Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes o

What was the 16th amendment?

The 16th amendment to the Constitution gave Congress the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several State

What does the 16th amendment do?

The 16th Amendment prohibited congress from labeling the Federal Income tax a direct tax from whatever source derived. A direct tax is a tax on property. The Federal Income Ta

What are facts about the 16th amendment?

The 16th Amendment prohibited congress from labeling the Federal Income tax a direct tax from whatever source derived. A direct tax is a tax on property. The Federal Income Ta

Why was the 16th amendment proposed?

The 16th Ammendment was proposed and ratified to protect the interests of the lower (populist) class, and balance the wealth among the classes.

What is the 16th amendment used for?

16th Amendment: The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without re
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What did the 16Th amendment mean?

It means that it made it legal for the U.S. government to levy an income tax and use it however wanted.
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Who created the 16th amendment?

Woodrow Wilson ratified the 16th amendment to generate revenue for the government by establishing a graduated income tax on corporations and individuals in 1913