The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 29, 1956 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, March 29, 1956
Page 7
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THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 1958 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGB SEVFN Raid on Commies Poses Legal Questions By JAMES MAKLOW Associated Press News Analyst WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald R. Mnysey's raid on the Communists for back taxes has a lot of angles. The Democrats and Republicans are a little embarrassed; the Justice Department is speechless; Moysey's bosses didn't seem to know what he was up to; calling the communists a "political party" is like using a naughty word. If there's general confusion about Moysey's operations it is because the International Revenue Service —he's its director for Lower Manhattan—has not yet issued a clear or full explanation of whafiK.- did and why. He raided the Communist party's headquarters in New York and its newspaper, the Daily Worker, and seized its property for back taxes. He had directors in other cities make similar raids at the same time. Bosses Surprised It's almost unbelievable all this could have been planned and carried out without the knowledge and approval of Moysey's boss, Revenue Commissioner Russell Harrington, and other government officials. But they did give the appearance of being completely surprised. Moysey contends that the Communist party owes taxes and has never filed a return. The Communists argue they, don't have to file a return, saying they make no profit and live off contributions. A revenue service tax expert here says political parties, even though making no profit, must file a return. He did not say the Communists are a political aprty. By Chosen Group He explained that corporations, with or without profits, must file returns. Political parties have "all the attributes" of a corporation in thaTtney are~run by a chosen group of individuals for the benefit of the members, this man said. Now it is learned the Democratic and Republican parties evidently have never filed 'returns. They argued yesterday that because they are political, living off contribu?. tions, they don't have to file. There is a penalty for not filing; up to a year in jail and a fine of 510,000. Will the government prosecute the Republicans and Democrats? Hardly. Revenue agents have never asked to see their books. May Be Accident As far as this writer knows no one in the governmentr-in connection with the Moysey raids — has called the Communists a "political party." It may be an accident. But there would be a good reason for not doing so. Under the corrupt practices law political parties which try to in- lluence elections in moz - e than one state must file with the House of Representatives a report on their income, where they get, how they spent it. The Democrats and Republicans file these reoprts. House employes say they cannot recall ever having seen such a reoprt from the Communists. 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