Yes, we got the income tax in 1913 - the same year we got the Federal Reserve. When we printed our own money, we didn't need to pay interest to the Fed on every dollar printed or added on computers. The Fed is a private cartel of banks - both domestic and foreign - and unaccountable to anyone. It is no more "federal" than Federal Express. It has never been audited in its 100 years (next year) with the exception of a peek at what they did during the 2008 financial crisis (Thank you, Ron Paul). That peek revealed $16 Trillion - more than our national debt and more than we all produce in the US in a year - loaned to banks both here and abroad.