Taxes? Was the 16th amendment ever rattifies in all the states of America?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Nope, and per the Constitution, it didn't need to be, it had enough, and then some.


    Article. V.

    The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

    ONLY 3/4th's of the several States at the time needed.

    According to the United States Government Printing Office, the following states ratified the amendment:

    Alabama (August 10, 1909)

    Kentucky (February 8, 1910)

    South Carolina (February 19, 1910)

    Illinois (March 1, 1910)

    Mississippi (March 7, 1910)

    Oklahoma (March 10, 1910)

    Maryland (April 8, 1910)

    Georgia (August 3, 1910)

    Texas (August 16, 1910)

    Ohio (January 19, 1911)

    Idaho (January 20, 1911)

    Oregon (January 23, 1911)

    Washington (January 26, 1911)

    Montana (January 27, 1911)

    Indiana (January 30, 1911)

    California (January 31, 1911)

    Nevada (January 31, 1911)

    South Dakota (February 1, 1911)

    Nebraska (February 9, 1911)

    North Carolina (February 11, 1911)

    Colorado (February 15, 1911)

    North Dakota (February 17, 1911)

    Michigan (February 23, 1911)

    Iowa (February 24, 1911)

    Kansas (March 2, 1911)

    Missouri (March 16, 1911)

    Maine (March 31, 1911)

    Tennessee (April 7, 1911)

    Arkansas (April 22, 1911), after having previously rejected the amendment

    Wisconsin (May 16, 1911)

    New York (July 12, 1911)

    Arizona (April 3, 1912)

    Minnesota (June 11, 1912)

    Louisiana (June 28, 1912)

    West Virginia (January 31, 1913)

    Delaware (February 3, 1913)

    Ratification (by the requisite thirty-six states) was completed on February 3, 1913 with the ratification by Delaware. The amendment was subsequently ratified by the following states, bringing the total number of ratifying states to forty-two of the forty-eight then existing:

    37. New Mexico (February 3, 1913)

    38. Wyoming (February 3, 1913)

    39. New Jersey (February 4, 1913)

    40. Vermont (February 19, 1913)

    41. Massachusetts (March 4, 1913)

    42. New Hampshire (March 7, 1913), after rejecting the amendment on March 2, 1911

    The following states rejected the amendment without ever subsequently ratifying it:


    Rhode Island


    The following states never took up the proposed amendment:




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  • 1 decade ago

    This is a very old argument.

    The Constitution is very clear on this subject. In Article 1, Section 8 the Constitution lays out the powers given to Congress. The very first sentence reads as follows: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.

    Also, the operative law regarding taxes is not in the Constitution, but in the US Code, Title 26, the Internal Revenue Code:

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The requisite 36 states (3/4 of those existing at the time) had ratified it on or before Feb. 3, 1913.


    No additional states were required to ratify it, and the adding of subsequent states did not affect its ratification.

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