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{{{The Founders weren't stupid. They understood that taxes are required to maintain a free society and specifically gave Congress the power to tax. Since the Founders didn't have a problem with notion of taxes, why should you?}}}

"Except that in the beginnings of our country the federal government could only tax via tariffs and excise taxes. It wasn't until 1913 that the 16th Amendment was added.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Income_tax

The US Supreme Court ruled the income tax unconstitutional, the 10th amendment forbidding any powers not expressed in the US Constitution, and there being no power to impose any other than a direct tax by apportionment.

In 1913, the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the U.S. tax system."


Except there were estate taxes at various times during the 18th and 19th centuries, without being ruled unconstitutional.

"I expect the founding fathers would be appalled by the current size and scope of the US government as they did everything in their power to keep the federal government small and to maximize individual freedom. The states were to be far more various with their taxes and power compared to the federal government."

Maybe, maybe not. They were practical men.

The federal government under the US Constitution had far more power than it did under the Articles of Confederation. Given that changes in transportation, communication, and weaponry, I am not so certain that they would be appalled. Of course, I am not sure that the standards of those who sanctioned legalized slavery are the best standards to use.

"Can we really be said to own our home and land when we have to pay considerable yearly taxes to retain them?"

Why bring real property taxes into a discussion about estate taxes? Real property taxes have been around in the US since Colonial times, and in general, real property taxes go back much further in time.

"A true simplification of the tax code is very past due."

And the devil is in the details. How would your propose to simplify it?

Regards, JAFO
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