GOVERNMENT: A Year's Grace

Cries of dismay and anguish from businessmen last week forced the Government to back down on its requirement that taxpayers list all expense-account payments on 1957 tax returns (TIME, Nov. 18). The new line on 1957 tax form 1040 can be ignored, said Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Russell Harrington, "because the decision to include [it] was not made public until ten months of the tax year had passed, and thus had a retroactive effect." But Internal Revenue warned that the new requirement will definitely go into effect next year.


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