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The mere mention of the word Taxes turns most of us dead stone cold, except of course for tax preparers, CPAs, like one of my brothers, Tax Attorneys, and the more than one hundred thousand permanent employees and more than seventeen thousand seasonal and part-time employees of the Internal Revenue Service; the IRS. These numbers are as of 2001 according to Trac Reports, Inc. which can be reviewed more fully at their web site. Plus they have neat little graph that demonstrates the ebb and flow of the IRS employee population over a number of years in comparison o the number of Tax Returns filed during that same period. It is clear that Income Taxes is a big industry.
It might be considered a growth sector providing all kinds of job opportunities if we include areas that have not been mentioned such as bankruptcy courts, financial and Tax planners, law enforcement personnel who focus on tax scofflaws, authors who write about tax, newspapers and other media sources that scare the heck out of people with all kinds of articles telling us directly and subliminally that we had better keep our noses clean and pay our taxes or be ready to be audited and arrested and thrown in jail just like the latest scapegoat celebrity who got pinched and will be handed a hand engraved card reading: “Go to Jail. Go Directly to Jail. Do Not Pass ‘GO’. Do Not Collect $200.00”.
If you detect a certain amount of sarcasm and frustration here, you are correct. It is my feeling that the founding fathers never intended that the government be allowed to tax the wages of its citizens.
Here is what it says: "Constitution of the United States: Article I, Section 9: No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken."
The original intent of the founding fathers was changed by Amendment XVI, which 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." The Sixteenth Amendment was accepted as having been ratified on February 3, 1933. It should be pointed out that there are those who believe the ratification process was actually incomplete and that the Sixteenth Amendment was incorrectly and illegally judged to have been ratified.
I am amazed and awestruck every time I contemplate how easily we as a people have allowed and continue to allow ourselves to be taken advantage of by what have to be some of the most clever and manipulative thieves of all time. The Income Tax law is approaching its one hundredth anniversary. It is my intention to see it supplanted either by being judged to be unconstitutional, as I believe it is, or by being repealed through legislation.
To those who would ask, “Without Income Taxes how would you pay for the things the government does?” I would say, “If I hear you correctly, you are in agreement with me that the Income Tax is wrong and that all we would need to do to help you feel comfortable in joining in helping get it repealed would be to demonstrate how the government and its many services could be funded in other ways.”