Today, it's our law-abiding duty as U.S. citizens to pay federal income taxes. It's become one of the more unfortunate chores of being American. But it wasn't always this way.
Before the 16th Amendment established the federal income tax in 1913, an attempt nineteen years earlier by Congress to impose the tax was struck down by the Supreme Court.
In the latest Engaging Democracy podcast, Eric O'Keefe explores this decision by the high court on the week of the decision's anniversary, discusses America's income tax history, and
explains how the attempts by Congress to violate personal liberty in the 19th century are not all that different from today. Listen to the podcast.