End the Income Tax, Abolish the IRS

Ron Paul supports the elimination of the income tax and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He asserts that Congress had no power to impose a direct income tax and has called for the repeal of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified on February 3, 1913.

An income tax is the most degrading and totalitarian of all possible taxes. Its implementation wrongly suggests that the government owns the lives and labor of the citizens it is supposed to represent. Tellingly, “a heavy progressive or graduated income tax” is Plank #2 of the Communist Manifesto, which was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and first published in 1848.

To provide funding for the federal government, Ron Paul supports excise taxes, non-protectionist tariffs, massive cuts in spending.

Ron Paul discusses the income tax and the “FAIR Tax” in May 2007:

On November 20, 2008 Ron Paul said in a New York Times / Freakonomics interview:

“I want to abolish the income tax, but I don’t want to replace it with anything. About 45 percent of all federal revenue comes from the personal income tax. That means that about 55 percent — over half of all revenue — comes from other sources, like excise taxes, fees, and corporate taxes.

We could eliminate the income tax, replace it with nothing, and still fund the same level of big government we had in the late 1990s. We don’t need to “replace” the income tax at all. I see a consumption tax as being a little better than the personal income tax, and I would vote for the Fair-Tax if it came up in the House of Representatives, but it is not my goal. We can do better.”

On May 7, 2001, Ron Paul wrote the following column:

The Case Against the Income Tax

Could America exist without an income tax? The idea seems radical, yet in truth America did just fine without a federal income tax for the first 126 years of its history. Prior to 1913, the government operated with revenues raised through tariffs, excise taxes, and property taxes, without ever touching a worker’s paycheck. In the late 1800s, when Congress first attempted to impose an income tax, the notion of taxing a citizen’s hard work was considered radical! Public outcry ensued; more importantly, the Supreme Court ruled the income tax unconstitutional. Only with passage of the 16th Amendment did Congress gain the ability to tax the productive endeavors of its citizens.

Yet don’t we need an income tax to fund the important functions of the federal government? You may be surprised to know that the income tax accounts for only approximately one-third of federal revenue. Only 10 years ago, the federal budget was roughly one-third less than it is today. Surely we could find ways to cut spending back to 1990 levels, especially when the Treasury has single year tax surpluses for the past several years. So perhaps the idea of an America without an income tax is not so radical after all.

The harmful effects of the income tax are obvious. First and foremost, it has enabled government to expand far beyond its proper constitutional limits, regulating virtually every aspect of our lives. It has given government a claim on our lives and work, destroying our privacy in the process. It takes billions of dollars out of the legitimate private economy, with most Americans giving more than a third of everything they make to the federal government. This economic drain destroys jobs and penalizes productive behavior. The ridiculous complexity of the tax laws makes compliance a nightmare for both individuals and businesses. All things considered, our Founders would be dismayed by the income tax mess and the tragic loss of liberty which results.

America without an income tax would be far more prosperous and far more free, but we must be prepared to fight to regain the liberty we have lost incrementally over the past century. I recently introduced “The Liberty Amendment,” legislation which would repeal the 16th Amendment and effectively abolish the income tax. I truly believe that real tax reform, reform that so many frustrated Americans desperately want, requires bold legislation that challenges the Washington mind set. Congress talks about reform, but the current tax debate really involves nothing of substance. Both parties are content to continue tinkering with the edges of the tax code to please various special interests. The Liberty Amendment is an attempt to eliminate the system altogether, forcing Congress to find a simple and fair way to collect limited federal revenues. Most of all, the Liberty Amendment is an initiative aimed at reducing the size and scope of the federal government.

Is it impossible to end the income tax? I don’t believe so. In fact, I believe a serious groundswell movement of disaffected taxpayers is growing in this country. Millions of Americans are fed up with the current tax system, and they will bring pressure on Congress. Some sidestep Congress completely, bringing legal challenges questioning the validity of the tax code and the 16th Amendment itself. Ultimately, the Liberty Amendment could serve as a flashpoint for these millions of voices.

  • HistoryBuff

    Worse yet is the abuse of power that arises in an inflated and over-grown administrative system (see Rome). The IRS and officers of the law have committed outrageous attacks against liberty concerning innocent citizens under the fraudulent abuse of the ‘Structuring’ law and civil forfeiture. (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhNDuHTxXO4&feature=player_embedded) Confiscating peoples cash, and property, while relying on their inability to fight back due to the legal costs involved, not to mention the fact that any opposition to falsified ‘structuring’ charges would put you not in front of a judge, but rather in front of the same level of administration that took your money and/or property to begin with. This is in fact defined as ‘structural abuse’ and is a horrible travesty that will only help to further the already rampant anti-citizen trend in the US by the government. It is a fact that the government is already well divided within the country, and has been for years. Plutocracy for the rich and democracy for the poor as seen with massive and disgusting bailouts to the sources of economic chaos, while average citizens only options were bankruptcy and foreclosures (see AIG bailout to just skim the surface). The next logical stage of development is to have a country in which there are only two classes, as the middle gets fazed out. Nothing threatens a corrupt and bloated administration more than having a middle class. To have people with the available funds and time to be able to oppose corruption, while still having enough connection to lower levels of wealth to understand what it means to work hard for their dollars. Once you have only the uber-rich and the ultra-poor, the conclusion is obvious. The rich rule the poor without concern, since the poor are too busy trying to either feed their families, keep off the street, or pay medical bills from ever declining health, or they’re working hard and quietly to keep their jobs administrating over and policing the rest of the poor masses. History repeats itself. At that point only two possible conclusions can be arrived at: Mass genocide to cow the poor, who eventually get pushed beyond the breaking point, or revolution by the furious masses to overthrow their unjust lords. American Revolution II. Sports, reality shows, sex, distractions and misdirection can only work for so long. Lets just hope it’s not too late when people finally come out of their stupors.

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  • George A. Smith Jr

    IRS is a useless organization. Since their main activity is partying and going to
    conferences, they should just become a federal “social” organization!!! A flat tax is the solution.

  • Norm belanger

    Abolish the irs, use money for our own parties, the way they use money, every one should be fired and egypt shold not be getting help from us, let them take care of them selves

  • Larry

    Yes. Abolish the IRS, and punish those guilty of the fraud and theft of our money. And, NO, John, for you to get $4,000.00 that you did not pay in, where do you think that money comes from ? NOT from the government, I assure you. So your assertion that you somehow deserve that money makes you no different from those who squandered our money on porn, popcorn, and the various other scams recently revealed. Furthermore, should their excesses, and your free ride continue, there will be no money.

  • DJA

    If everybody had to pay 10 cents on every dollar they received (I say received since 40% plus don’t pay anything), than our tax situation would be controllable. I retired 5 years ago, but my federal taxes and my insurance have both gone up twice (so much for Obama’s promise). I sure haven’t gotten back anywhere close to what I pay in taxes thru the years. I’m really tired of having to pay for all those people who breed like rabbits and can’t afford them. (Anybody see that guy on the news that’s fathered 22 babies and has never paid support……and doesn’t in intend to!!!?) Personally, I think if you’re on the government dole and already have two kids (and aren’t trying to get off) than they should automatically have their tubes tied. And if a man has fathered two kids (especially with more that one woman) he should be made to have a ‘clip’ job. Some say this sounds communistic or something, but ‘we the people’ that try to work hard and make a better life shouldn’t be forced to have to pay for those slugs that don’t even try. I grew up dirt poor and know what its like, but I also grew up with hard working parents that said if you wanted something you had to WORK for it………….NO HAND OUTS!!!!

    • JB

      Here, here, I could not of said it better.
      I hope the future of this nations is not the offspring of these deadbeats and crack moms or the end is near.

  • Edmund Williams

    The Democrats who created and are the largest supporters of the IRS put their fortunes in offshore Hedge Funds to avoid paying taxes (Example: the Kennedy family fortune, Kerry Family Fortune, etc., …), while they spend every waking moment figuring out ways of raising our taxes through Cap-N-Trade scams, Carbon Tax Scams, Ozone Hole Scams, etc., … in order to terrorize the people into excepting these higher taxes, all the while these same exact Democrats avoid paying all of the taxes we are forced to pay at gun point by placing their fortunes in off shore tax heaven Hedge Funds.

    When Obama took power, he abolished the right of American Citizens to have offshore Hedge funds to keep all Americans from avoiding taxes, while providing an exemption for Democrats and their crony’s to be able to put their fortunes in offshore hedge funds, then sick the IRS on his political enemies that are pissed off at the institutionalized totalitarianism that is the foundation of The Democrat party.