Why Do We Pay Taxes?

When we think about the American Constitution, we cannot help but think about the great purpose it serves in our lives: allowing freedom of speech among other rights. The constitution does, however, give rights to the government which we do not favor, namely the right to collect income taxes; the constitution also allows states to collect taxes. Why do we pay taxes in the first place though? (Today we will be discussing the Federal Government)

16th Amendment

  • This change to the document explicitly said, “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.” There had been talks of an income tax long before this amendment (1913), but it took a while for States to get behind.

Social Security, Defense and Medicaid

  • These are the three most expensive services that our taxes help fund. Social security refers to an amount of money that elderly people receive yearly; Defense includes the cost of Homeland Security and production of warfare material; Medicare- similar to Social Security- is a benefit you will usually receive when you are 65.
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