Tax Problem Resolution Services
It all started with the Tea Party in Boston, when American colonists protested British taxes levied “without representation.” The IRS didn’t come into being until 1862, to handle our first national income tax, 3% of income, levied to fund the Civil War. That tax expired in 1872, but again in the early twentieth century, just before World War I, Congress passed the Sixteenth Amendment, which imposed income taxes again. They haven’t expired since.
In a 1935 Supreme Court decision, a judge ruled that, “Any one may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible…There is no patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes.” Most Americans think that people who cheat on their taxes are morally reprehensible and not good citizens, but they try to reduce their own tax bills legally.
Today, federal, state and local taxes add up to nearly 25% of the US Gross National Product, so they’re pretty adamant that you pay up. You have to pay taxes on income, payroll, sales, capital gains, property you own, dividends, goods you import, estates and gifts, and some fees. Even non-resident citizens are taxed on worldwide income.
With all these taxes to pay, it’s no wonder that sometimes people fall behind.