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Jul 16, 2021

The Sixteenth Amendment to the US Constitution establishes a federal income tax. There had only been one tax of this type before, to pay for the Civil War, and it was canceled not long after the end of that war. Those who supported an income tax thought it would help lower-income individuals by putting a greater tax burden on wealthier people. This is what you need to know about this most contentious of amendments.

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