Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Constitutionality of Income Tax

Found this on the Constitution Party website. Interesting.


Presbytera said...

Oh that it were true!

John said...

As much as I loathe the income tax, I don't quite follow the argument. How is direct taxation constitutionally prohibited? Look at the 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.

Scott said...

he argument is this: Wages for labor is a trade. It is not "income" IE money that comes in for nothing or as a result of profitable business or investment. It is a straight-across trade.

Chalk one up for the good guys.

Unfortunately, when he takes the case upward, he will get away from the "Jury of Peers" and placed into a court that has a distinct conflict of interest.

Think of it this way: You have a piece of software on your PC that Microsoft alleges is a license infringement. So you have to now go to the Microsoft building, check in with Microsoft employed bailiffs and secretaries, then sit before a Microsoft employed judge. How are they inclined to find?

So, I rejoice in this victory, but I'm worried about the future of the case.

John said...

It goes back to original intent. Was the original intent of the 16th Amendment to include wages? If yes, then wages are taxable.