On The 100th Anniversary Of The Income Tax

Tyler Durden's picture

by Mises Updates via The Circle Bastiat blog,

Woodrow Wilson signed the Income Tax into law one hundred years ago today. As direct taxation of Americans was prohibited by the Constitution, a constitutional amendment was necessary before what would become the Revenue Act of 1913 could be legally imposed. The income tax, and the enabling amendment, were sold to the voters as necessary for a tax on rich people that would mean lower taxes and cheaper goods (due to lowered tariffs) for everyone else.

Only one percent of the population was subject to the tax then, and the tax rate was one percent.  

The voters need not worry, they were told, because regular people would never ever pay the income tax.


And while we are all feeling so good about taxes - here is brief history... (click image for immense legible version)

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prains's picture

When's the Corporate Tax First Anniversary?

The They's picture

I'm celebrating by not paying

Jumbotron's picture

The official start of the United Fascist States of America (U.F.A)


The government steals your money and a private institution made up of banks devalues it.


Corp/Fed started....in earnest....today.

Anusocracy's picture

Thank goodness everyone is paying attention to the misdirection (taxes) involved.

There isn't a right to form a government. Government exists through use of force.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Amendment XVI is not create direct taxation on income, but is to removal of apportionment = create regime of transfer payment. Is give AmeriKa politician, how do you say, slush fund, to buy vote on national level. Fiscal Rubicon is cross for AmeriKa.


... but what is Boris know?

Harbanger's picture

Wilson is Moses to the Progressive movement.  He laid the ground work for the present day welfare state and MIC.  All of which would not have been possible without fractional reserve banking.  Progressives have been saving the World ever since.  We've also been at war ever since.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Woodrow T. Wilson is was delusional ivory tower idiot, tool for Rothschildren Central Bankster class.

Grinder74's picture

And if he had a son, he would look like Barack H. Obama.

Anusocracy's picture

Sometime after corporations were invented.

Winston Churchill's picture

Your timeline ,and knowledge of history is wrong.

The first cooperations started in 14th century England.Companies also appeared around that time.

Somewhere along the the line (16th century)the  word was contracted to corporation when

olde English was tidied up.

The first corporations were what are now referred to as city councils.

Hence the corporations of the City of London,Leeds,Manchester etc etc.Still their official titles.

Private corporations with limited liabiality first appered after the South Sea Bubble,also

in the UK.

sansnobel's picture

That day will never come unfortunately.......

buzzsaw99's picture

Wilson gave us the income tax and the fed. I'm glad he's dead.

Thought Processor's picture




100 years of treason.


Wilson was warned by many and was later quoted saying he regretted it after realizing what it had enabled:

Despite these warnings, Woodrow Wilson signed the 1913 Federal Reserve Act. A few years later he wrote: I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of  credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most  completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a  Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men. -Woodrow  Wilson

knukles's picture

I todla it hurts when they don't use lube, Woody.
Even more so, comes across as an alcoholic's later thought: "Seemed like a good idea t the time"


chumbawamba's picture

The "income tax" is nothing more than a commission paid to the Federal Reserve for the use of Federal Reserve Notes.  Every time you cash a check, swipe your credit card and sign the slip, or even withdraw money from the bank, you are actually creating new Federal Reserve units as pre-approved and authorized by your signature.  The IRS then bills you to collect the commission through the 1040 and related forms.

The 16th Amendment was merely official veneer applied to make it appear as if Americans were required to pay income taxes ("...the Sixteenth Amendment conferred no new power of taxation..." (Stanton v Baltic Moning Co. 240 US 103, at

112 (1916)).  It's such a powerful illusion, even when it is explained to people they still will refuse to believe it and will argue against you, because the other pillar of the illusion is the cannard that "we all have to pay our fair share".

I am Chumbawamba.

Winston Churchill's picture

Paying is voluntary.They told us so repeatedly  in January.


MisterMousePotato's picture

Harry Reid says that paying income tax is voluntary. That should be good enough for anyone (who thinks Harry Reid is even capable of telling the truth):


Harbanger's picture

He's not lying.  Cyprus style bank account taxes are not voluntary.

Seize Mars's picture


Good post. Crazy, isn't it? Stockholm syndrome. People will actually argue in favor of their own slavery. Bizarre.

"Fair share." My ass.

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Re: but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men

Ya gotta wonder if the scammers who bilked the government for building the various trans-continental railroads in the late 1800's would have had a chuckle at that statement.  

Senators owned by railroads was pretty common in the late 1800's.   Probably as common as senators owned by Big-Ag or Big-MIC now.

Harbanger's picture

The problem with trans-continental railroad was John Galt.

knukles's picture

Same for all his Democrat cronies.
And NO, Don't Even Think Of Getting Me Going On the Ohter Branch of the Very Same Party.

Groundhog Day's picture

I wish we could bring him back....so we can beat the shit out of him

bluskyes's picture

Just like the bastards did to William of Orange

chumbawamba's picture

Stanton vs Baltic Mining Co. 240 US 103, at 112 (1916) "By the previous ruling, it was settled that the Sixteenth Amendment conferred no new power of taxation, but simply prohibited the previous complete and plenary power of income taxation, possessed by Congress, from the beginning, from being taken out of the category of indirect taxation, to which it inherently belonged..."




I am Chumbawamba.

Jumbotron's picture

Whatever....you assume that the Corp/Fed gives a fuck about laws and court rulings.

"We've got to FUCK you in the ass in order to find out what's in the law !"

chumbawamba's picture

Only if you bend over and let them.  If so, lube up.

Me?  I keep my pants on.  If anyone's going to be doing the fucking, it's me.

I am Chumbawamba.

Jumbotron's picture


You bent over when you pay (paid) your income taxes

You bent over when you pay your property taxes

You bent over when you pay (paid) payroll taxes

You bent over when you pay (paid) corporate taxes

You bent over when you pay (paid) sales taxes

You bent over when you pay (paid) interest on credit cards, bank loans, car loans, student loans, mortgages.

You bent over when you paid for your driver license

You bent over when you paid for insurance in order to be able to legally drive.

You bent over when you paid your title fee for your house, car...mayne a boat.

You bent over when you pay for your car tag, boat stamp, trailer tag, even a mobile home...if its on a trailer or even blocks.

You bent over when you pay late fees, phone line service fees, phone company taxes.

You bent over when you paid brokerage fees, transaction fees, origination fees, doc fees

You bent over when you pull out that cash or your ATM and pay with continually devalued money.  I'm sure the sweat of your brow hasn't devalued....but the representation of it through currency sure has.  You bent over when the Fed says....Thank you worker drone.  But today your work is valued 30% percent less.  Now go work harder.

Face it Chumba....you've bent over for so long and for so many reasons you don't even remember it all.

But hey....nice pants.  And yes....you are fucking yourself if you believe you don't bend over....every....single.....fucking....day.

chumbawamba's picture

So...I don't pay any of that.

What else you got, Mr. Dippity Shit?

I am Chumbawamba.

Swarmee's picture

So you're not a US citizen then is the only assumption left. Or would you care to explain how you avoid any and all of the common fees/taxes listed above, or do we just keep guessing? How very glib.

Running On Bingo Fuel's picture

Most of these guys aren't. They are from Israel. Like this one.

Jumbotron's picture

What if you don't.  You an ex-pat?  Your're getting fucked somewhere over seas and you're bending over for their laws and rules too.  And if you originally WERE a citizen you bent over until you got the fuck out.....to go bend over in another country and another language.

If you're still on Prison Planet.....then the NWO is fucking you bent over a barrel.

But hey.....whatever gets you through the night.


chumbawamba's picture

I was born and raised and continue to be domiciled here on California.  I'm a native born American.  I am one of the people.

You folks should actually take the time to read the laws, statutes and codes one of these days.  Then you will understand.

I am Chumbawamba.

lincolnsteffens's picture


+ 1000  I am starting to read the laws. I am trying to become one of

the people.

chumbawamba's picture

Do not try to be what you already are.  Just be.


Crash Overide's picture

Income in not taxable, only profits made from the income?

MachoMan's picture

Or an additional hundred years of contrary law...  directly holding people liable for taxes who contest the government's right to levy.

chumbawamba's picture

It only looks that way because you are inside the fish bowl yourself.

I am Chumbawamba.

kralizec's picture

Nefarious year.  Not just revenue act & IRS, but Fed, 16th & 17th Amendments, sufferage marchers in DC, unionistas going apenuts in CA...it's all gone down hill since then!


NOTaREALmerican's picture

Re:  Nefarious year.

Looks like the idea came up before 1894.    

(Death and taxes,  who said that?)

Running On Bingo Fuel's picture

Yea right, and I was born in zippitydoodah and raised in a cave by my mom who was a lion. My aunt lives in bayou la batre in a stilt house overlooking the swamp. She goes around all day saying 'boop boop boop, etc..' like she has tourettes.

tbone654's picture

50 years ago this past June was the anniversary of the supreme court upholding the ban on prayer in schools...  another good idea that hasn't worked out...

tbone654's picture

just had lunch with my friend who sold an insurance policy to a man in 1976 with the promise that the policy would mature to $100,000 by retirement...  He just cut him a check for just under $20,000...  Another lie...

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Re;  another good idea that hasn't worked out

Unless you don't have Imaginary Friend OCD.

kaiserhoff's picture

And Wilson, almost single-handedly got America into the First World War.

100 years of high treason.

Happy hour calleth.

Jumbotron's picture

And Wilson, almost single-handedly got America into the First World War.

100 years of high treason.

Happy hour calleth.


Elections have consequences

MachoMan's picture

especially if they last more than 4 hours.

Bastiat's picture

But candidates lie so much it's hard to tell what the consequences will be.