When the Constitution was written, the federal government was not given the authority to collect an income tax. That changed when the 16th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1913.
Today, 52% of voters favor repealing the 16th Amendment to end the federal income tax. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that such a repeal is favored by 62% of independent voters, 56% of Republicans, and 42% of Democrats.
Perhaps surprising to some, support for ending the income tax is actually a bit higher among those who earn less. Repealing the 16th Amendment is supported by 54% of those earning less than $75,000 annually. Among those with higher incomes, support for repeal is at 50%.
Despite majority support, there is virtually no chance the 16th Amendment will ever be repealed. It is very difficult to amend the U.S. Constitution. That’s especially true when the amendment would limit the power of the federal government.
For example, 78% of voters continue to support term limits for members of Congress. While that level of support has been consistent for decades, there is no likelihood of a term limits amendment being added to the Constitution.
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