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September 4, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(10):769-771. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680100053022

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The Income Tax as It Affects Physicians  The medical profession in France is suffering, in a very peculiar degree, from the consequences of the economic crisis that holds the whole country in its grip. There are several reasons for the present state of affairs. The physician is of the type of the "middle class," on which always falls, under such circumstances, the weight of the taxes, against which he is powerless to protect himself. As the cost of living advances, members of the working class protect themselves through the influence of their unions, and threats of strikes, together with the aid of their representatives in parliament, who see to it that their taxes are greatly reduced, since the income tax applies only to incomes above a figure that exempts the average income of a workman. Likewise, the merchants do not fail to raise their prices, taking account of increases in

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