Early in February it was birthday time for the 16th amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Know what that one does ?
Here’s a BIG hint — these are due today for most American citizens. Here it is for a clue:
Amendment XVI — 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.
That’s right, this amendment permitted U.S. federal income taxes. It was ratified on February 3, 1913 by the requisite 36 states.
- Delaware was the last state to complete the requisite number.
- Massachusetts and New Hampshire legislatures did not ratify until March; NH rejected it on March 2,1911 and later ratified on March 7, 1913.
- Connecticut, Rhode Island, Utah and Virginia legislatures rejected the amendment without subsequently ratifying it.
- Florida and Pennsylvania legislatures never considered the proposed amendment.
The April 14, 2013 online edition of USA TODAY has an interesting and detailed history about this anniversary complete with a video.
Our were done recently — and Yippee we got $$ back this year.
How about You — do you WAIT until the April 15 midnight deadline to get your returns in the mail OR are you an early bird