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The History of Legal Professional Privilege and its Role in Tax Advice by Tax Professionals

Italia, Maria (2004) The History of Legal Professional Privilege and its Role in Tax Advice by Tax Professionals. Working Paper. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

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This paper contends that the taxpayers' right to confidentiality plays a pivotal role in enabling taxpayers to be candid in consultations with their tax adviser, and that this right should attract equal protection notwithstanding the professional classification of the tax adviser. The emphasis is on balancing the revenue authorities' power to enable the collection of necessary revenue as efficiently and equitably as possible with the need to protect the taxpayer from unnecessary intrusion. The paper outlines the historical development of legal professional privilege, from the Elizabethan concept of confidentiality to the traditional privilege as the right of the client in a complex legal system. A number of rationales for the privilege are discussed and the applicability of the rationales to tax accountants is explored. Finally it outlines the current state of play of legal professional privilege in the tax arenas of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: legal professional privilege; tax advice; tax professionals
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Accounting
RFCD Classification > 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 30 May 2007
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:37
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/213
DOI: 3
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