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Petition Drive Against the Federal Income Tax

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  • Steven Swan
    Petition Drive Against the Federal Income Tax www.zeroincometax.com There is a tremendous amount of evidence in the Congressional Record of 1909 regarding the
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 26, 2003

      Petition Drive Against the Federal Income Tax

      www.zeroincometax.com

      There is a tremendous amount of evidence in the Congressional Record of 1909 regarding the proposed Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution proving that its original intent was only to authorize Congress to impose an income tax on the earnings of wealthy individuals and businesses in this country. This proposed amendment came about during the Industrial Revolution, when many Eastern (United States) industrialists were amassing tremendous fortunes for themselves, but paying very little in taxes because there was no income tax at that time.

      Further evidence that the original intent of the Sixteenth Amendment was only to authorize Congress to impose an income tax on the earnings of the wealthy also can be found in news reports and editorials from that time period; from the statements of some of the state governors as they presented the proposed income tax amendment to their respective state legislatures for consideration of its ratification; from the debates and discussions within those state legislatures as to whether or not to ratify the amendment; and from the original income tax legislation which was enacted subsequent to the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment. And for thirty years after the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment, the earnings of the wealthy were the only items subject to the Federal Income Tax.

      However after World War II, people lost sight of the fact that the income tax was only intended to be imposed upon the earnings of the wealthy. This allowed Congress to slowly and incrementally expand the Federal Income Tax beyond what was originally intended by the Sixteenth Amendment. The income tax went from being a tax imposed only upon the earnings of the wealthy to one imposed on virtually every individual and business in this country who earns any amount above a relatively low threshold.

      In 1913 (when the first income tax laws were enacted), no one was liable for the income tax unless they earned in excess of eight (8) times the average annual family income. If you extrapolate that using today's figures (with an average annual family income of approximately $50,000), no one would be liable for the Federal Income Tax unless they earned in excess of $400,000 per year! However, because Congress has unconstitutionally expanded the Federal Income Tax beyond the original intent of the Sixteenth Amendment, rather than having to pay it whenever one earns in excess of eight times the average annual family income, one is now liable for the tax if they earn one-quarter of the average annual family income ($13,400 for a married couple filing jointly with two exemptions in 2001 [$13,400 divided by $50,000 equals .27 or approximately one-quarter])! This was clearly not the original intent of the Sixteenth Amendment.

      If the original intent of the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution was only to authorize Congress to impose an income tax on the earnings of the wealthy, and that amendment has never been changed or modified since its ratification in 1913, then the earnings of the wealthy should still be the only items subject to the Federal Income Tax today. By expanding the Federal Income Tax so that many more American individuals and businesses are subject to it as opposed to what was originally intended by the Sixteenth Amendment, Congress has fraudulently and unconstitutionally expanded the income tax beyond the original intent of the Sixteenth Amendment. Therefore, the Federal Income Tax as it is imposed today is clearly unconstitutional.

      Steven Swan of Auburn, New Hampshire has initiated a petition drive on his Web site www.zeroincometax.com that interested parties can sign in order to apprise their elected representatives of the original intent of the Sixteenth Amendment and demand that something be done about it.

      For further information, Swan can be contacted by telephone at (603) 483-0550; by e-mail at stevenswan@... , and by Postal mail at P.O. Box 453, Auburn, NH 03032.

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