F. H. E. OIL CO. v. HELVERING(1939)
Mr. Harry C. Weeks, of Fort Worth, Tex., for petitioner.
Messrs. Frank Murphy, Atty. Gen., and Arnold Raum, Sp. Asst. Atty. Gen., for respondent.
Mr. Justice DOUGLAS delivered the opinion of the Court.
This case presents the same issue as is involved in No. 1, Helvering v. Wilshire Oil Co., Inc., 308 U.S. 90 , 60 S.Ct. 18, except that it arises under the Revenue Act of 1932, 47 Stat. 169. In computing its taxable net income under that Act, petitioner deducted certain development expenditures as it had done since its organization in 1925. But it refused to take these same deductions in computing net income for the purpose of applying the 50 per cent limitation on the depletion allowance, as provided in 114(b)(3) of the [308 U.S. 104, 105] 1932 Act, 26 U.S.C.A. Int.Rev.Acts, page 519.1 That section, so far as material here, was the same as 114(b)(3) of the 1928 Act, 45 Stat. 791, 821, 26 U.S.C.A. Int.Rev.Acts, page 384. And Treasury Regulations 77, Art. 221(h) promulgated under the 1932 Act2 defined 'net income ... from the property' as used in 114(b)(3) so as to require 'development costs' of the kind here involved to be deducted from 'gross income from the property'.3 The Board of Tax Appeals held that petitioner need not deduct these [308 U.S. 104, 106] development expenditures in applying the 50 per cent limitation on depletion allowance (36 B.T.A. 1327) and the Circuit Court of Appeals reversed (5 Cir., 102 F.2d 596). Since we have this day decided in Helvering v. Wilshire Oil Co., Inc., supra, that comparable regulations under the 1928 Act were lawful, a fortiori those here involved are valid and binding on petitioner. The judgment of the court below was therefore right and is
Mr. Justice BUTLER and Mr. Justice REED took no part in the consideration or disposition of this case.
[ Footnote 1 ] That section provided:
[ Footnote 2 ] Section 23(l) of the Revenue Act of 1932, 26 U.S.C.A.Int.Rev.Code, 23(m), provided:
[ Footnote 3 ] Treasury Regulations 77, Art. 221(h) provided: