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United States v. Butler, 297 U.S. 1 (1936)

Classification: Supreme Court Decisions
Publication: United States Supreme Court
Date: January 6, 1936
Author: Roberts, Owen
Type: Court Decision

A tax, in the general understanding of the term, and as used in the Constitution, signifies an exaction for the support of the Government. The word has never been thought to connote the expropriation of money from one group for the benefit of another.

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Notes: 297 U.S. 1 (1936) Argued on December 9, 10, 1935. Decided on January 6, 1936.