The Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives turned a deaf ear to the medical profession's appeal1 for relief from discrimination with respect to the deduction of traveling expenses. Chemists,2 ministers3 and others4 may, in computing their federal income taxes, deduct such expenses, but a physician5 can not. The swiftness with which action by the House followed the report of the committee made an appeal to the entire membership of the House impracticable. There is yet time, however, for an appeal to the Senate.
The medical profession is not asking for a new exemption. It requests only that Congress revise the wording of the revenue act so as to make it clear that the medical profession has the same right to make deductions that is granted to other professions. As neither the Commissioner of Internal Revenue nor the Board of Tax Appeals
AN APPEAL FOR RELIEF FROM FEDERAL TAX LEGISLATION DISCRIMINATING AGAINST THE MEDICAL PROFESSION. JAMA. 1927;89(25):2118–2119. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690250040013