The 16th Amendment reads as follows:
Essentially, this is the amendment to the Constitution that allows for all income taxes, including payroll taxes, capital gains taxes, death taxes, etc., which all fall under the heading of "income tax."
Originally, in the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, the powers to tax are defined as follows:
In today's age, would it be possible for a successful repeal of the income tax, and a move towards only levying tariffs (duties/imposts in the original language) and sales taxes (excise taxes in the original language)? Put simply, each American would receive their entire paycheck, and would have control over the amount of taxation they received (because they control what goods they purchase). There would be certain un-taxed items, so that the lower-income families would not be forced to be taxed to survive, and, so that other families, could purchase different types of goods to give themselves a "tax cut" whenever they feel they need one. Families with more of their own money, would be more inclined to purchase higher quality products, which would have higher taxes that corresponded with them. Families looking to save money, would purchase generic brand type products, with less or no taxes. This gives the control of the money back to the people, and with families receiving their entire incomes, it would also result in more money flowing through the economy.
So what are some thoughts, could this work?