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Tax Lawyers, Tax Defiance, And The Ethics Of Casual Conversation,, Michael Hatfield Jan 2011

Tax Lawyers, Tax Defiance, And The Ethics Of Casual Conversation,, Michael Hatfield

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This essay is to help tax lawyers decide how to handle casual conversations centered on denying, defying, or destroying the tax system. One option is to walk away, ending the conversation and silencing the dialogue. The next option is to engage. I want to persuade tax lawyers that they should usually engage in the conversation. I try to do this in Part III.

There are two kinds of legal ethics essays, and one must choose which kind to write, and it is useful to the reader to know upfront which kind the author chose to write. One kind begins with ...