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The 16th Amendment--Income Tax

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  1. The 16th Amendment states that "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived..." What was her overall feeling towards this amendment? Should the government have this power? Why or why not?

  2. It was said that the government created the 16th Amendment to replace income lost through the reduced tariffs of the Underwood Act, which charged duties on some imported goods. Did she think this was a valid reason to charge income tax? Why or why not?

  3. What issues came under discussion during the passage of this amendment? Did people wonder what the money would be used for? What were her views?

  4. What was it like the first time she had to pay income taxes? What percentage of her income did she pay? Did it place a burden on her family? Did people complain about having to pay?

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