TAXATION: Publicity

By the last Congress that framed the 1924 tax law, it was written into the law that the Commissioner of Internal Revenue should open to the public a list of the names and addresses of taxpayers together with the amount each paid. Last October (TIME, Nov. 3, NATIONAL AFFAIRS, PRESS, BUSINESS), the Commissioner of Internal Revenue did so. Promptly, many newspapers published parts of the lists. Promptly, someone discovered in the voluminous tax law a clause which forbade the publication of income-tax returns in any manner not provided for by law. Soon...

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