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their traveling expenses to and from such meetings, or when assigned to such special service.
(c) In addition to the six members, the Secretary of War shall appoint an individual from civil life, or (notwithstanding section 1222 of the Revised Statutes or any other provision of law, or any rules and regulations issued thereunder) detail an officer from the Military Establishment of the United States, as chairman of the board. Any officer so detailed at the date of the passage of this amendatory Act shall, during his term of office as chairman, have the rank, pay, and allowances of a major general, United States Army, and shall be exempt from the operation of any provision of law or any rules or regulations issued thereunder which limits the length of such detail or compels him to perform duty with troops. Any individual appointed from civil life shall, during his term of office as chairman, receive a salary not to exceed $10,000 a year, to be fixed by the Secretary of War. The Secretary of War may delegate to the chairman any of the functions vested in the Secretary by this Act.
(d) The board shall meet for organization purposes when and where called by the Secretary of War, and thereafter at such times and places as the Secretary deems necessary. The board shall consider matters submitted to it by the Secretary of War, and make recommendations thereon, and from time to time advise him and make recommendations, in respect of the management and operation of existing facilities, or the development and operation of new lines.
Sec. 5. The corporation-
(c) May adopt a corporate seal, which shall be judicially noticed, and may alter it at pleasure;
(d) May make contracts;
May appoint, fix the compensation of, and remove such officers, employees, attorneys, and agents as are necessary for the transaction of the business of the corporation; define their duties, and require bonds of them, and fix the penalties thereof;
(8) May incur obligations, borrow money for temporary purposes, and issue notes or other evidences of indebtedness therefor, but the aggregate amount of the indebtedness at any time shall not exceed 25 per centum of the value of the Assets at such time;
(h) May exercise any of the functions vested in the Secretary of War by sections 201 and 500 of the Transportation Act, 1920, as amended;
(i) May, in the exercise of such functions, conduct the business of a common carrier by water, and maintain, manage, and operate properties held for or used in the service of transportation, or neccssary or convenient to such use; and
(j) In addition to the powers specifically granted, shall have such powers as may be necessary or incidental to fulfill the purposes of its creation.
Sec. 6. (a) The Secretary of War shall transfer to the corporation all assets transferred to, or acquired, constructed, or operated by, or under the direction of, the Secretary of War, or which revert to the United States, under section 201 of the Transportation Act, 1920, as amended, or under the joint resolution entitled "Joint resolution to exempt the New York State Barge Canal from the provisions of section 201 of the Transportation Act, 1920, and for other purposes”, approved February 27, 1921.
(b) The rights, privileges, and powers, and the duties and liabilities, of the Secretary of War, or the inland and coastwise waterways service, in respect of any contract, loan, lease, account, or other obligation, under section 201 of such Act, or under such joint resolution, shall become the rights, privileges and powers, and the duties and liabilities, respectively, of the corporation.
(c) All money available for expenditure or the making of loans under such joint resolution or section 201 of such Act, and all money repaid in pursuance of loans made under subdivision (c) of section 201 of such Act, shall be available for expenditure or the making of loans by the corporation under this Act.
(d) The enforcible claims of or against the Secretary of War, or the inland and coastwise waterways service, in respect of the operation, construction, or acquisition of any such transportation facilities, shall become the claims of or against, and may be enforced by or against, the corporation.
(e) The Secretary of War shall adjust and appraise the value, at the time of transfer, of all assets transferred to the corporation under this Act, and such value shall be entered upon the books of the corporation.
(f) In the determination of the running of the statute of limitations or of any prescriptive right, the period of time shall be computed in the same manner as though this Act had not been passed.
SEC. 7. The Secretary of War is authorized to extend the services and operations of the Inland Waterways Corporation to the Savannah River, under the same terms and conditions as are prescribed for the extension of such services and operations to any tributary or connecting waterway of the Mississippi River in section 3 (b) of this Act, as amended by section 2 of the Act approved May 29, 1928 (45 Stat. 979).
Sec. 8. The Secretary of War is authorized to extend the services and operations of the Inland Waterways Corporation to the Cape Fear River and connecting waterways, under the same terms and conditions as are prescribed for the extension of such services and operations to any tributary or connecting water way of the Mississippi River in section 3 (6) of the amending Act (Public, Numbered 601, Seventieth Congress), approved May 29, 1928.
AMENDING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA REVENUE ACT
May 4, 1938.-Ordered to be printed
Mr. Nichols, from the committee of conference, submitted the
[To accompany H. R. 10066]
The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendments of the Senate to the bill (H. R. 10066) to amend the District of Columbia Revenue Act of 1937, and for other purposes, having met, after full and free conference, have agreed to recommend and do recommend to their respective Houses as follows:
That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendments of the Senate numbered, 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, and 43, and agree to the same.
Amendment numbered 2:
That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 2, and agree to the same with an amendment, as follows:
In lieu of the matter proposed to be inserted by the Senate amendment, insert the following:
(h) The provisions of this section shall become effective at 12:01 ante meridian on the day immediately following the date of approval of this Act.
Sec. 6. (a) Title VI of such Act is amended to read as follows:
"TITLE VI-TAX ON PRIVILEGE OF DOING BUSINESS
“SEC. 1. Where used in this title
“(a) The term “person’ includes any individual, firm, copartnership, joint adventure, association, corporation (domestic or foreign), trust, estate, receiver, or any other group or combination, acting as a unit; and all bus lines, truck lines, radio communication lines or networks, telegraph lines, telephone lines, or any instrumentality of commerce, but shall not include railroads, railroad express companies, steamship companies and air transportation lines.
“6) The term 'District' means the District of Columbia.
"(c) The term 'taxpayer' means any person liable for any tax hereunder.
"(d) The term 'Commissioners' means the Commissioners of the District or their duly authorized representative or representatives.
“(e) The term 'business' shall include the carrying on or exercising for gain or economic benefit, either direct or indirect, any trade, business, profession, vocation, or commercial activity including rental of real estate and rental of real and personal property, in any commerce whatsoever in the District, in or on privately owned property and in or on property owned by the United States Government, or by the District, not including, however, labor or services rendered by any individual as an employee for wages, salary, or commission.
“The term business' shall not include the usual activities of boards of trade, chambers of commerce, trade associations or unions, or other associations performing the services usually performed by trade associations and unions, community chest funds or foundations, corporations organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, or clubs or fraternal organizations operated exclusively for social, literary, educational, or fraternal purposes, where no part of the net earnings or income or receipts from such units, groups, or associations inures to any private shareholder or individual, and no substantial part of the activities of which is carried on for propaganda or attempting to influence legislation: Provided, however, That if any such units, groups, or associations shall engage in activities other than the activities in which such units, groups, or associations usually engage, such activities shall be included in the term 'business': Provided further, That activities conducted for gain or profit by any educational institution, hospital, or any other institution mentioned in this subparagraph, are included in the term 'business'.
“(f) The term 'gross receipts' means the gross receipts received from any business in the District, including cash, credits, and property of any kind or nature, without any deduction therefrom on account of the cost of the property sold, the cost of materials, labor, or services, or other costs, interest or discount paid, or any expense whatsoever: Provided, That any credits included by a taxpayer in a prior return of gross receipts which shall not have been collected during the period since the filing of the return in which the credit was included may be deducted from the gross receipts covered by the subsequent return: Provided, however, That if such credit shall be collected during a succeeding taxable period, such item shall be included in the return of gross receipts for such succeeding taxable period: Provided further, That the term 'gross receipts' when used in connection with or in respect to financial transactions involving the sale of notes, stocks, bonds, and other securities, or the loan, collection, or advance of money, or the discounting of notes, bills, or other evidences of debt, shall be deemed to mean the gross interest, discount or commission, or other gross income earned by means of or resulting from said financial transactions: Provided further, That in connection with commission merchants, attorneys or other agents, the term 'gross receipts' shall be deemed to mean the gross amount of such commissions or gross fees received by them, and as to stock and bond brokers, the term 'gross receipts' shall be deemed to
mean gross amount of commissions or gross fees received, the gross trading profit on securities bought and sold, and the gross interest income on marginal accounts from business doné or arising in the District: Provided further, That with respect to contractors the term 'gross receipts' shall mean their total receipts, less money paid by them to subcontractors for work and labor performed and material furnished by such subcontractors in connection with such work and labor.
“(g) The term 'fiscal year' means the year beginning on the 1st day of July and ending on the 30th day of June following:
"(h) The term 'original license shall mean the first license issued to any person for any single place of business and the term 'renewal license' shall mean any subsequent license issued to the same person for the same place of business.
"SEC. 2. (a) No person shall engage in or carry on any business in the District without having a license required by this title so to do from the Commissioners, except that no license shall be required of any person selling newspapers, magazines, and periodicals, whose sales are not made from a fixed location and which sales do not exceed the annual sum of $2,000.
“(6) All licenses issued under this title shall be in effect for the duration of the fiscal year in which issued, unless revoked as herein provided, and shall expire at midnight of the 30th day of June of each year. No license may be transferred to any other person.
"(c) All licenses granted under this title must be conspicuously posted on the premises of the licensee and said license shall be accessible at all times for inspection by the police or other officers duly authorized to make such inspection. Licensees having no located place of business shall exhibit their licenses when requested to do so by any of the officers above named.
“(d) Licenses shall be good only for the location designated thereon, except in the case of licenses issued hereunder for businesses which in their nature are carried on at large and not at a fixed place of business. No license shall be issued for more than one place of business without a payment of a separate fee for each, except where a taxpayer is engaged in the business of renting real estate.
“(e) Any person not having an office or place of business in the District but who does or transacts business in the District by or through an employee or agent, shall procure the license provided by this title. Said license shall be carried and exhibited by said employee or agent: Provided, however, That where said person does or transacts business in the District by or through two or more employees or agents, each such employee or agent shall carry either the license or a certificate from the Commissioners that the license has been obtained. Such certificates shall be in such form as the Commissioners shall determine and shall be furnished without charge by the Commissioners upon request. No employee or agent of a person not having an office or place of business within the District shall engage in or carry on any business in the District for or on behalf of such person unless such person shall have first obtained a license as provided by this title.
"(f) The Commissioners may, after hearing, revoke any license issued hereunder for failure of the licensee to file a return or corrected return within the time required by this title as originally enacted or amended or to pay any installment of tax when due thereunder.