Exemptions from obligations to government are as old as Scripture. It is not strange, therefore, that the public interest in humane government should dictate numerous exemptions from the income tax levy, particularly when one considers that the income tax has long ceased to be simply a revenue producing vehicle. The regulation of inflation or deflation, the control of corporate financial structures, the distribution of wealth, all these and many other concern of government have entered into the formula of our income tax laws. The selection of those who are to be benefited by the tax exemption is, of course, made in the first instance by Congress. But here, as elsewhere in law, the process of interpretation leaves ample room for the expansion or contraction of the area of exemption.
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