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First Amendment Library:
Michael Lee Hertzberg


Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U. S. C. § 6103, lays down a general rule that "returns" and "return information" as defined therein shall be confidential. "Return information" is elaborately defined in § 6103(b)(2); immediately after that definition appears the following proviso, known as the Haskell Amendment: