Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | April 15, 2013

Factoid #48: 100 Years of Taxes

Factoid #48: 100 Years of Taxes

The famous tax amendment to the Constitution of the United States is only 100 years old. What did this country do before this amendment?


Passed by Congress July 2, 1909. Ratified February 3, 1913.

Note: Article I, section 9, of the Constitution was modified by amendment 16.

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.”  From .


  1. I think we relied mainly on tariffs and use taxes – where people paid their fair share – instead of the graduated income tax where half the people pay all the taxes and support the other half, who don’t pay taxes.

    • I agree with the tariffs and use taxes, David. It’s still amazing to me that this amendment is only 100 years old. Cheers, Ashley

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