The Ethics of Tax Evasion: A Comparative Study of Taiwan and the USA
18 Pages Posted: 3 May 2007
Date Written: May 2007
The ethics of tax evasion has been discussed sporadically in the theological and philosophical literature for at least 500 years. Martin Crowe wrote a doctoral thesis that reviewed much of that literature in 1944. The debate revolved around about 15 issues. Over the centuries, three main views evolved on the topic. But the business ethics literature has paid scant attention to this issue, perhaps because of the belief that tax evasion is always unethical.
This paper reports the results of a survey of students in Taiwan and the USA. The arguments that have been made over the centuries to justify tax evasion were ranked to determine which arguments are strongest and which are weakest. Male scores were compared to female scores to determine whether the responses differed by gender.
Keywords: ethics, tax evasion, Taiwan, USA, China, gender
JEL Classification: D6, H26, E62, J16, K34, K42, M14, M4, O53, O51
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