Carriage Tax, Constitutional

When the US Supreme Court was located in Philadelphia, it decided the constitutionality of the so-called Carriage Tax in Hylton v. United States, on this day, March 8th, in 1796.

Alexander Hamilton argued before the Court on behalf of the government.  Yes, that Hamilton.

Most significantly for us, in 2012, Chief Justice John Roberts cited Hylton v. United States as a precedent for deeming the mandate for individuals to buy health insurance contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010) to be constitutional as a tax.

 

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