Here we go with tax time!
I get various newspapers in my in box each morning. When I saw an article in the Washington Post that told me that Americans are using alpacas to dodge taxes, I thought to myself, “Maybe it’s not a pony that I’ve always wanted after all“. Well, that’s not what I really thought. But I also didn’t think that I was missing out on something by failing to have alpacas walking around the office. Just thinking out loud.
The US federal income tax was first enacted in 1862 as a way to support the Union’s Civil War effort. It was eliminated in 1872. In 1894 it was again enacted, but then declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court the very next year.
In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the US tax system.
Initially when this amendment was being debated, taxes were argued against as “wrong in principle”. Forty-two states ratified this amendment including South Carolina (1910) and West Virginia (1913). By a vote of 54-37, Virginia opposed the Federal Clause for taxation. To date, Virginia has failed to ratify the amendment. Unfortunately, it’s not an argument that can be won with the Federal Government.
Just some history as tax filing day is bearing down on us.
And for pic o’ day, this was sent to me… and it made me laugh: