Q: Why do we have to pay taxes if there is no law that states so also in 1898 and 1913 the supreme court agreed?
The 16th Amendment is the basis for the right to tax. That is why it is an income based tax.
"The Congress shall have power 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."
As far as states, they have always had the right to tax citizens. The 16th Amendment was ratified in 1913.
The law under lying income tax is rooted in the Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Congress passed the Sixteenth Amendment in 1909, which ratified by states in 1913. The Amendment states;
“The Congress shall have power 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”. Title 26 of the Internal Revenue Code is based on the 16th Amendment. Good luck.
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