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April 5, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(14):1126-1127. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650400036016

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The Citizens' National Committee in support of the Mellon tax reduction proposal has designated the week beginning April 7 as National Tax Reduction Week. However weary we may be of "Weeks" of various kinds and for various purposes, there is little likelihood of complaint of this one. Physicians are interested along with others in the proposed general reduction of taxation on earned incomes, but they have a specific professional interest in two other proposals: (1) the reduction to normal of the war tax imposed under the Harrison Narcotic Act, and (2) legislation to correct the Treasury Department rulings limiting the rights of physicians to deduct certain professional traveling expenses and the expenses of postgraduate study.

In a recent letter to a correspondent, the Commissioner of Internal Revenue makes the following interesting argument for continuation of the tax imposed under the Harrison Narcotic Act on its present war basis: "The increase

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