Hoover Motor Express Co., Inc. v. United States,
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356 U.S. 38 (1958)
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Hoover Motor Express Co., Inc. v. United States, 356 U.S. 38 (1958)
Hoover Motor Express Co., Inc. v. United States
Argued January 29-30, 1958
Decided March 17, 1958
356 U.S. 38
Fines paid by a truck owner for inadvertent violations of state maximum weight laws are not deductible as "ordinary and necessary" business expenses under § 23(a)(1)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1939. Pp. 356 U. S. 38-40.
(a) In this case, it does not appear that the truck owner took all reasonable precautions to avoid the fines. 356 U. S. 39-40.
(b) Even assuming all due care and no willful intent, allowance of the deduction would severely and directly frustrate state policy. P. 356 U. S. 40.
241 F.2d 459 affirmed.