16th Amendment

Income Tax

Passed by Congress July 2, 1909. Ratified February 3, 1913. The 16th Amendment changed a portion of Article I, Section 9

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.

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Great Justices: Founders, Dissenters, and Prophets

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The Great Justices: Founders, Dissenters, and Prophets

Authors and experts join a Town Hall for a discussion on what made Marshall, Harlan, and other influential Supreme Court justices.

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In this fast-paced and fun session, President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen and Chief Learning Officer Kerry Sautner join students to…

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