16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Title

16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Subject

Federal Income Tax Amendment

Description

Approved by both houses of Congress in 1908, the 16th Amendment moved quickly through the states. The amendment empowered Congress 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." The amendment had support both in the Democratic party, and among Progressive Republicans. On February 25, 1913, Woodrow Wilson's Secretary of State, Philander Knox, declared that the amendment had been approved by 3/4 of the states, and so had been ratified.

Creator

U.S. Congress

Date

Passed Congress, 1909; Ratified, February 25, 1913

Contributor

Molly Michelmore

Identifier

16th Amendment

Files

16th Amendment.jpg

Citation

U.S. Congress, “16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” The American Century, accessed November 23, 2017, http://americancentury.omeka.wlu.edu/items/show/28.