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16th Amendment

Bust out your magnifying glass. We're taking an up-close look at 16th Amendment of the US Constitution.

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Passed by Congress: 2 July 1909
Ratified: 3 February 1913

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 first amendment to gain ratification in more than 40 years, the Sixteenth Amendment altered Article I, Section 9 in order to make it possible for Congress to implement the modern income tax system. Americans have been complaining about their income taxes ever since.

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