Freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, has filed a bill aimed at repealing the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which authorized the federal government to create a tax on income.
The long-shot effort would require approval from three-fourths of the states.
“Viable alternative plans for raising revenue fairly to support constitutionally enumerated functions of the federal government have been proposed,” Bridenstine said Monday in a news release.
“As long as the 16th Amendment is in place and lobbyists dominate Washington, these alternatives will never be considered.”
“The 4th Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees ‘The right of people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.’ The 16th Amendment effectively negates the 4th Amendment. The 16th Amendment should be repealed and the IRS should be eliminated.”
Bridenstine said the income tax was inherently unfair and that the tax code was too complicated.
The Tulsa lawmaker said the repeal effort has two cosponsors and support from groups such as Americans for Limited Government and the Tea Party Patriots.