Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 4/13/15: Taxation Without Representation

Since 2000, license plates for the District of Columbia display the slogan “Taxation Without Representation”, to reflect the fact that D.C. has no voting representatives in Congress. It does, however, send a non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives, and has 3 electoral votes by virtue of the 23rd Amendment. The phrase has its origins in the political slogan “no taxation without representation” which emerged in the 1750s onwards in the American colonies and Ireland to protest English taxation policies.


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