The essence of the income tax as it is administered is fraud, pure and simple. The United States Constitution forbids direct federal taxes, and is the only item in the Constitution that is stated twice:
Article 1, Section 2: "...direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States..."
Article 1, Section 9: "...No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census..."
Direct taxes are taxes on a person, a person's property, or the exercise of a fundamental right. Any tax on a person's labor, or on the earnings from their labor, is a direct tax and must be apportioned.
"Apportioned" and "in Proportion to the Census" mean that the tax is billed to the state governments according to each state's percentage