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Gentleman Or Scrivener: History And Relevance Of Client Legal Privilege To Tax Advisors

Italia, Maria (2010) Gentleman Or Scrivener: History And Relevance Of Client Legal Privilege To Tax Advisors. International Review of Business Research Papers, 6 (1). pp. 391-403. ISSN 1837-5685 (print) 1832-9543 (online)

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Abstract

Legal professional privilege or client legal privilege as it is more commonly referred to now, developed through the common law, from the Elizabethan period to today. The privilege initially belonged to gentlemen, to protect their honour and integrity as gentlemen. Today privilege belongs to the client. The tax arena is dominated by two professions, accountant and lawyers, essentially providing the same tax services to their taxpayer clients. The United States and New Zealand have recognised this functional overlap and legislated to provide privilege for clients of tax accountants, albeit to a limited extend. Australia has yet to legislate this change, even though the Australian Law Reform Commission has recently recommended legislation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID21570, tax law, legal privilege, taxpayers’ right
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Accounting
FOR Classification > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability
SEO Classification > 9001 Financial Services
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2012 02:25
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2012 06:26
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7346
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