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Tax Lawyer, Vol. 55, No. 4 HOW THE BOARD OF TAX APPEALS CHANGED HOLLYWOOD HISTORY 951 951 HOW THE BOARD OF TAX APPEALS CHANGED HOLLYWOOD HISTORY Allen Rostron* Everyone remembers when Charlton Heston, as Moses, held his staff toward the heavens and the Red Sea parted in Cecil B. deMille’s epic motion picture The Ten Commandments.1 Few know the curious tale of tax law that lies behind it. In the early 1930s, the Bureau of Internal Revenue claimed that Cecil and his brother, William C. deMille...

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