The Articles Of Confederation Formed

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Taxation, a method by which a state, local, or federal government collects money from its citizens in order to fund the operations of the governmental body. When our nation first began, it was built upon the unanimous hope of freedom from Europe shared amongst a group of brave men and women willing to risk their lives to make the journey across the ocean in order to found a nation free from the King. In the late 1700’s, the 13 colonies of America were established; free from the rule of a monarchy, the Americas were an independent nation run under the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation formed a weak form of government under which the balance of powers between the state and national government were unbalanced. Congress had no power over the states; they could not collect taxes which were vital for the survival of the emerging nation. It was not until approximately ten years later that the United States Constitution was ratified and a democratic government was formed under which a balance of power between state and federal governments was enforced. Under the new system, congress could impose taxes upon citizens for the purpose of paying the country’s debt, security and welfare.
Article one, section eight of the United States Constitution expresses Congress’s power to tax and the exact parameters upon which it shall tax, within the document it says that “all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States,” but what does this…
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