THE BLOG
04/01/2009 07:11 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Tax Avoidance as the New "Sin"

The modern version of: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" has arrived. It is: "Let he (or she) who has told his accountant to pay every penny of the taxes owed the Federal and State governments, cast the first stone."

If we were to take a survey of how many clients actively direct their accountants to: "Make sure that I pay all the taxes that the federal and state governments are entitled to," I wonder what percentage of all taxpayers would come up.

Compounding the situation is the fact that most accountants by profession are not very effective at confrontation and many feel that they will curry favor with their clients if they find clever, "creative" but legal ways to minimize tax obligations. As a profession I don't imagine there are many in it who practice advising clients to pay all the taxes they owe or else they will refuse to work for them.

I am not condoning this behavior, but here is a solution: In order for the America and the Americans who live in it to be in integrity with each other, either all Americans who "creatively" but legally find ways to avoid paying taxes should be prosecuted and penalized or the code of values of America should be changed to "Finding creative but legal ways of avoiding paying taxes is more important than paying the taxes you legitimately and ethically owe."