Hellmich v. Missouri Pacific R. Co.,
273 U.S. 242 (1927)

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Hellmich v. Missouri Pacific R. Co., 273 U.S. 242 (1927)

Hellmich v. Missouri Pacific Railroad Company

No. 507

Argued January 18, 1927

Decided February 21, 1927

273 U.S. 242


1. Messages transmitted for a railroad company by a telegraph company under a contract entitling each, in its business, to the "free"

Page 273 U. S. 243

services of the other up to stated value each year, as gauged by their respective public tariff rates, or on a cost-plus basts where the tariffs are inapposite, are subject to Revenue Acts, 1918 and 1921, §§ 500, 501, imposing taxes on telegraph messages according to the amounts charged therefor and payable by the person paying for the service. Postal Telegraph Co. v. Tonopah R. Co., 248 U. S. 471, distinguished. P. 273 U. S. 251.

2. Paragraph (c) of § 501, of the Revenue Act of 1918 has no application to taxes on telegraph messages, but relate to taxes on transportation of commodities or materials by carriers. P. 273 U. S. 255.

12 F.2d 978 reversed.

Certiorari (post, p. 678) to a judgment of the circuit court of appeals which reversed in part a judgment of the district court in favor of Hellmich, Collector, in a suit by the railroad company to recover taxes, assessed on telegraph messages and paid under protest.

Page 273 U. S. 245

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