quote:Not according to John Roberts. According to Roberts the government can tax anything or anybody in any way it desires.
Does the progressive federal tax code violate the equal protection clause?
Has the progressive tax system ever been challenged under the equal protection clause of the 14th?
Yes, and it does not violate. First, the progressive tax code is declared specifically constitutional by amendment.
Second, the grouping of citizens according to income/economics is given low protection under the 14th and thus, government must only show a reasonable basis for the unequal application of law/benefits.