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Why do americans have to pay income taxes if they dont want to?

is it against the law not to? if so what is the law that says you must pay income tax?

Update 2:

En-Vind - it went before the supreme court in 1918, and the supreme court ruled "The 16th amendment does not give congress the authority to tax a third levy" Meaning it is unconstitutional to tax someone on their labor. That was also set by the supreme court in 18??. The constitution provides for 2 ways to tax, neither an income tax on labor. Your labor is not profit.

Update 3:

@Martin arent their other taxes for that? State & local income taxes Sales tax Social security & Medicaid Property tax Fuel/gasoline tax ETC

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  • 8 years ago
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    Because it's the law.

    You don't know about the 16th Amendment? Here it is:

    "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."

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  • Martin
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    8 years ago

    How else would your government fund black ops no but serious with out tax your streets would not be cleaned your schools closed the list goes on and on, every person needs to help fund the country they live in.


    Well yes there are other types of tax, sales tax we call VAT in England, no idea about the others you have listed, but just go to your governments web site if you have one in America a web site created by the government to see where your money goes,

    Look at your defense budget for example is the most obvious, defense does not come cheap, Im sure you can find Information on how your money is spent.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Article 1 section 8 of the constitution.

    most of its "interpretations" came during and After the civil war.... there is a reason why slavery is spoken of more than the issue of state vs. federal power in the context of the civil war. the issues are still relevant.

    later it income taxes were added to the 16th amendment.

    keep in mind... no one asks you ...they Take Taxes.

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  • 8 years ago

    Yes, it's against the law not to pay taxes here. We're not as free as we claim to be.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Yes you have to pay income tax.

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