Hamstrung by Senator Joseph R. McCarthy's refusal to appear before it. the Senate Subcommittee on Privileges and Elections issued a report (TIME, Jan. 12, 1953) that made no specific charges, but asked questions about Joe's federal tax payments. The Internal Revenue Service began an investigation, and last year the Washington Star bannered: MCCARTHY

OWES $25,OOO BACK TAXES AND INTEREST, REVENUE AGENTS CLAIM. Last week McCarthy called a press conference. Its purpose: to flourish a Treasury tax-refund check for $1,056.75.

The check was the result of an IRS probe covering the years 1946-52....

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