National Affairs: Untaxed Treats

Hollywood and Broadway rubbed their palms gleefully over the outcome of a tax "test case" decided last week in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Manhattan. Appellant was plump, dark Actor Sidney Blackmer. From his taxable income in 1927, Actor Blackmer had deducted $1,687.10 as money spent entertaining critics and influential acquaintances who might further his professional career. The Board of Tax Appeals had previously turned thumbs down on the deduction, just as it had last year when Mr. Blackmer's divorced wife Lenore Ulric claimed exemption for $11,130 worth of "donated favors" to...

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