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April 12, 1919

PROTEST INCREASE IN TAX UNDER NARCOTIC LAW

JAMA. 1919;72(15):1097-1098. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610150055028

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —Probably every practicing physician in the United States received notice to remit $1.50 to the internal revenue collector of his district to pay for a special tax stamp in accordance with the law passed in 1918 and effective Jan. 1, 1919. Every practicing physician at this time has conspicuously posted in his office a special tax stamp which attests that he has paid his fee until June 30, 1919, regardless of what new law may have been passed. Admitting that the raise in rate during the life of the 1918-1919 tax stamp is legal and nullifies the internal revenue collector's receipt, it is still odd that we are not credited with the 50 cents that undoubtedly was paid in 1918 and applies to the 1919 period from January 1 to June 30. The collector, however, overlooks this credit and asks for the entire $1.50.In order to

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