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    HELVERING v. RICHTER, 312 U.S. 561 (1941)

    U.S. Supreme Court

    HELVERING v. RICHTER, 312 U.S. 561 (1941)

    312 U.S. 561

    HELVERING, Commissioner of Internal Revenue,
    No. 516.

    Argued March 3-4, 1941.
    Decided March 17, 1941.

    Samuel O. Clark, Jr., Asst. Atty. Gen'l, for petitioner.

    Richard H. Wilmer, of Washington, D.C., for respondent.

    Mr. Justice BLACK delivered the opinion of the Court.

    Because the decision below, 3 Cir., 114 F.2d 452, was in conflict with that of the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Helvering v. Hormel, 111 F.2d 1, affirmed this day, 312 U.S. 552 , 61 S.Ct. 719, 85 L.Ed. --, we granted certiorari 'limited to the first question presented by the petition for the writ.' 311 U.S. 641 , 61 S.Ct. 172, 85 L. Ed. --. The petition stated that question as follows:

    In view of the limited grant of certiorari, the second question is not before us. On the first question, the Circuit Court of Appeals held that it could not consider the applicability of section 22(a), 26 U.S.C.A. Int.Rev.Acts, page 669, that being an 'issue now for the first time presented by the Commissioner.' (114 F.2d 453.) The decision of the Board of Tax Appeals, which the Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, was handed down prior to our decision in Helvering v. Clifford, 309 U.S. 331 , 60 S.Ct. 554. Respondent urges that had he been advised with fair certainty that the government relied upon section 22(a), he could have introduced additional evidence directed to that issue. For reasons set out in our decision in Hormel v. Helvering, we are of opinion that the Circuit Court of Appeals was in error in its conclusion, but we are also of opinion that respondent is entitled to introduce additional evidence if he so desires. The judgment is accordingly reversed, with directions to the court below to remand to the Board of Tax Appeals for rehearing in the light of the Clifford case.


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