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Tax Lawyers, Tax Defiance, and the Ethics of Casual Conversation


Michael Hatfield


University of Washington - School of Law

July 16, 2010

Florida Tax Review, Vol. 10, No. 10, 2011
Texas Tech Law School Research Paper No. 2010-26

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This Essay addresses the increasingly common social situation in which tax lawyers are confronted with tax protester arguments and similar anti-tax system comments. This Essay seeks to place these conversations in a greater context of tax policy and ethical considerations, urging tax lawyers not to walk away from the conversations but rather to engage with hopes of educating the public, improving the law, and protecting the interests of the vast majority of Americans who pay their share of the price of civilization and expect others to do the same.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 33

Keywords: tax, ethics, professional responsibility, tax protestor, tax defier, robust professionalism, tax evasion, tax gap, civic virtue, tea party, taxation without representation, tax reform, sixteenth amendment, Aaron Russo

JEL Classification: H26, K34

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Date posted: July 19, 2010 ; Last revised: March 22, 2011

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Hatfield, Michael, Tax Lawyers, Tax Defiance, and the Ethics of Casual Conversation (July 16, 2010). Florida Tax Review, Vol. 10, No. 10, 2011; Texas Tech Law School Research Paper No. 2010-26. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1645569

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