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Which of the following is true regarding the principle of an income tax?a. the middle...

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ramiyaou | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 15, 2012 at 7:53 AM via web

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Which of the following is true regarding the principle of an income tax?

a. the middle class opposed it, the upper class supported it. b. the middle class supported it, the upper class opposed it. c. all economic classes supported the idea. d. all economic classes opposesd the idea.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM (Answer #1)

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Of the options given here, the best is B.  The income tax was something that was favored by the middle class reformers of the Progressive Movement.  It was opposed mainly by the upper classes.  The reason for this was that the Progressives felt that government should be doing more things to improve society.  The way to afford this was to have an income tax.  The income tax would also weigh most heavily on the upper class, which was a class that the progressives were eager to rein in.  Therefore, the best answer is B.

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