Sales Taxes: Federal, State, and Foreign

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Administration Proposal of New Taxes to Meet Deficit

New or increased sales taxes on automobiles, radios, telephone and telegraph messages, theater tickets, and cigarettes, together with several other miscellaneous levies of the same nature, were recommended by the Treasury Department, December 9, 1931, as part of a program to provide the government with enough additional revenue to balance the federal budget by the end of the fiscal year 1934. The Democrats, who have an outright majority in the House of Representatives and enough members in the Senate to control that body in combination with the Progressives, failed to express full agreement with the new Mellon plan. Their policy committees in Senate and House took the question under advisement and will endeavor to formulate a program ...

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