Understanding the anti-tax case can be difficult. I’m may not be an expert, but let me try a quick introduction to the government, law, and the income tax:
First of all, there are two governments: Federal and State.
There is a United States Constitution that rules over all. But each State also have their own Constitutions.
Both the State and ‘the Fed’ have their own Legislative (congress) and Judicial (courts) branch. Thus the difference between federal law and state law.
Only the Federal government has a president. The executive branch of a state is the governor.
The Constitution of the Federal/State governments give the power to make laws (which are upheld by the Federal/State Judicial branch). (The States must be in compliance with the Federal government.)
So when it comes to the Income tax: the US Constitution gives Congress the power to “lay and collect taxes” on incomes.
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 regard to any census or enumeration.
Keep in mind: this amendment give the power to Congress, but a law must be created to enforce it. Without a law, there can be no legal enforcement.
The Constitution itself is not legislation. It is ‘the law of the land’ – the appropriation of powers to the government, and the protection of the rights of the people. It gives the power to make law. The 16th Amendment itself does not enforce anything.
Most laws are created to say what you cannot do. Some laws also state what you are obligated to do. But when it comes to the Income Tax, the US Congress has never used their power to create a law that requires that you must pay a tax or that you are liable for doing so. (And nor should they!)
And to add to the holes in this illegal enforcement of tax, the IRS tax code itself even says that the federal income tax is a “voluntary” tax – hence, when you pay these taxes you are doing so by consent, not obligation.
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The States have the power to make their own laws, and most States have their own local income tax. However, if you live in one of the following seven states, you have none: no state nor federal income tax laws.
Which states have no personal income tax?
Seven states have no state income tax: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. Two others, New Hampshire and Tennessee, tax only dividend and interest income. To see how other states compare, check out the Federation of Tax Administrators’ listing of individual income tax rates for 2006.
But ultimately, whether you believe that anti-income-tax arguments are not, it is also opposed in principal.
The 16th Amendment should be repealed! This tax effectively gives the government a form of ownership over the citizens of the country.
The many other taxes paid fund all of the aspects of America that the federal government provides (or are at least meant to). The sole purpose of the income tax is to pay the interest on the loans the federal government takes from the ‘Federal Reserve’.
Fact: The Federal Reserve Act and the 16th Amendment were enacted in the same year: 1913.
In other words, it is used to transfer wealth from the people – to the private bankers that control our financial system. And the more the government spends, the more they’ll need to take!