The 16th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is important because it establishes the right of Congress to levy income taxes. The amendment was ratified in February of 1913.Continue Reading
Prior to the amendment, the primary source of federal revenue was custom duties and excise taxes. In prior years, when an income tax was proposed, it was only temporary and done during emergency situations, such as the Civil War.
Connecticut, Utah, New Hampshire and Rhode Island all rejected the proposal to ratify the amendment. Florida and Pennsylvania chose not to consider the amendment. The remaining states all voted in favor of the amendment.Learn more about The Constitution
Congress passed the 18th amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Dec. 18, 1917. Prior to the full Congress proposing the amendment to the states for ratification, the Senate passed the resolution on Aug. 1, 1917, and the House of Representatives subsequently passed a revised resolution on Dec. 17, 1917.Full Answer >
The 24th Amendment to the Constitution prohibited the use of a poll tax as a means of denying any citizen the right to vote in any election for president, vice president, senators or representatives. Some states were denying voting privileges for failure to pay a poll tax.Full Answer >
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution states that those people born in or naturalized by the United States are citizens of the United States and the state where they live. They are therefore entitled to the protection of the law and cannot be denied the privileges or immunities due them.Full Answer >
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was sent to the states for ratification by the first U.S. Congress along with the nine other amendments that constitute what is known as the Bill of Rights. Ratified by the necessary three-fourths of the states on Dec. 15, 1791, the Second Amendment amended the Constitution to enshrine in law the individual right to keep and bear firearms.Full Answer >