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Blame Abraham Lincoln for the nation’s first national Income Tax

August 5, 2019 By NCC Staff

Most people aren’t big fans of a national income tax, but it was on this day back in 1861 that the first one was levied by the new President, Abraham Lincoln.

Tax Day trivia: Why do we have the IRS (and other factoids)?

April 15, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

April 15 is usually marked each year as the traditional deadline for filing taxes, so it’s not exactly celebrated as a holiday. But how did April 15 become the big day--and how did we get the IRS in the first place?

Happy birthday, 15th and 16th Amendments

February 3, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today we celebrate a constitutional ratification twofer: the 15th Amendment (ratified February 3, 1870) and the 16th Amendment (ratified February 3, 1913). Here’s what you need to know.

Don’t look for a national Internet sales tax this holiday season

November 28, 2014 By NCC Staff

Despite several years of strong lobbying and legislative efforts, the supporters of a national Internet sales tax won’t be getting that as a gift this holiday season.

Supreme Court won’t hear Internet sales tax challenges

December 2, 2013 By Scott Bomboy

The price you pay for items bought on the Internet could be heading up, after the U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday to stay out of a fight over adding Internet sales taxes to consumer purchases.

The Supreme Court ponders the Internet sales tax

November 26, 2013 By Scott Bomboy

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will debate, behind closed doors, if Americans should be forced to pay a sales tax on almost items they buy on the Internet.

Remembering an influential thinker, Ronald Coase

September 4, 2013 By NCC Staff

Ronald Coase, who died on Monday at the age of 102, was one of the most influential thinkers in American law during the past century, even though he was an economist, not a lawyer.

Meet the agency that blew the whistle on the IRS

May 13, 2013 By Scott Bomboy

A group called TIGTA has reportedly found that Internal Revenue Service workers targeted non-profits associated with the Tea Party and groups involved in “educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.” So what is TIGTA and how powerful is it?

Internet sales tax battle royale shaping up in Congress

April 23, 2013 By Scott Bomboy

Most Americans could pay more local and state sales taxes on items they buy online if pro-tax forces win a fight in Congress underway this week. But will the bill run afoul of the same constitutional problem that affected the health care decision last June?

Is John Boehner becoming the face of the fiscal cliff?

December 5, 2012 By Scott Bomboy

The Speaker of the House, John Boehner, is teetering on the edge of the dreaded Washington fiscal cliff. And the big question is if the speaker can become a hero by brokering a deal, or wind up as collateral damage in an epic political fight.

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