The preamble to the American Constitution serves as the guidelines for government in the United States. It states the powers and limits of the government. One of those powers laid out by the preamble is the collection of taxes. The preamble is clear on the collection of taxes and gives Congress the right to assume that role. It is also clear the reasoning for collecting taxes and how they should be collected.

Congress and taxes

The Constitution grants Congress the right to collect taxes from the American citizenry. It is clearly stated. There are a lot of different theories about the levying of taxes and it has to do with a Supreme Court case back in 1895. The case was known as Pollock v. Farmers' Loan & Trust Co. according to Ozy website. This case challenged the constitutionality of the tax. The way they won the case was by calling the tax a direct tax.

It could not be collected by the “impossible requirement to be apportioned equitably among the states.” also according to the Ozy website.

This case creates a lot of pundits that taxes as unconstitutional. It is not unconstitutional for Congress to collect taxes. It is unconstitutional in the manner they distribute them. The second reason in the preamble is that taxes are collected for the defense and general welfare of the United States.

This is where Congress has overstepped their constitutional duties. Defense is protecting the nation from foreign invaders.

This means on our soil not in other countries. A good case would be the strikes on Syria last Friday (April 13). America was not threatened by the chemical attack in Syria. This is no way condones the act that was committed by the Syrian regime. It is just not the proper allocation of taxes collected by the United States.

According to Gilmore News website, another improper allocation is, “warrantless surveillance of Americans' private phone and email conversations by the NSA.” This is an obvious abuse of our constitutional rights.

It violates the power given to Congress to collect taxes and their distribution. This type of allocation also violates our fourth amendment right of unreasonable searches and seizures. The worse part is they are using the taxes to violate another amendment.

The rule of tax collection is that they must be uniform throughout the United States. This does not mean that every person in America pays the same amount of taxes. That would really be unfair depending on your amount of income. This means that every person in America pays the same percentage in taxes. This would automatically force the higher wage earners to pay more taxes but everyone would be paying the same percentage on their income. This is not a redistribution of wealth, which is a commonly held belief today. This is a simple fair tax collection.

The outcome

A flat rate would reduce the size of the Internal Revenue Service. The Tax Code would be reduced to one page. For example, all citizens of the United States pay a flat rate of 20 percent tax on all income earned. This would mean someone making $20,000 a year would pay $4,000 in taxes. A person making $100,000 a year would pay $20,000. It's a simple system and the person earning more money would automatically pay more. No need for the IRS to audit because the employer would take the twenty percent out of his pay every time he was paid.

Tax Day would be eliminated. Businesses would be treated the same way. All deductions would vanish and they would pay twenty percent on their gross earnings. Basically their revenue minus their expenses. Nothing else to report. If they have a loss that year, then they pay no taxes. They are not allowed to write that loss off the following year. Government tries to make everything difficult. They need to simplify the tax code. Congress needs to follow the Constitution. The next step is for the American citizens to ensure that we vote for congressmen and women that will follow the Constitution and use our tax dollars for the general welfare and defense of the United States of America.

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