HONOLULU RAPID TRANSIT & LAND CO. v. WILDER(1908)
[211 U.S. 144, 145] Messrs. David L. Withington, A. B. Browne, and William R. Castle for plaintiff in error.
Messrs. Charles R. Hemenway and Mason F. Prosser for defendant in error.
Mr. Justice Holmes delivered the opinion of the court:
This case is intended to bring up a question of deductions from gross income in assessing the income tax of the appellant, as well as that of the liability of the plaintiff in error to the tax. The liability to taxes not mentioned in the charter has been disposed of by the preceding case. As to the former question, the plaintiff in error says that it has no net income liable to taxation. But the whole tax assessed was $588.20, and therefore the case cannot be brought here under the act of March 3, 1905, chap. 1465, 3, 33 Stat. at L. 1035. On the other hand, the record does not show that any Federal question was raised or suggested before the assignment of error in this court, and therefore the plaintiff in error has no standing under the act of April 30, 1900, chap. 339, 86, 31 Stat. at L. 141. It is true that, in the decision of the tax appeal court, it is said that the appellant claims, under 17 of its charter, a right to charge certain amounts against income. But it does not appear there or elsewhere that the appellant set up that the charter was a statute of the United States, or that it relied upon article 1, 10, or any other clause of the Constitution of the United States.