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Response to athena (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:54 PM

16. In fact, it's even worse. It's like stealing.

I've thought about it some more. Taking advantage of a tax loophole is like finding a wallet on the ground and not returning it to the owner even though the owner's contact information is in the wallet. Taking a tax deduction is like returning the wallet to the owner and accepting a small reward for your good deed.

What you're saying is that anyone who criticizes someone for keeping the wallet should be criticized for being willing to accept the reward.

ETA: Another analogy would be the following. You're checking out at the store and notice that a register is unattended. So you take some of the store's money and walk out. Is that really the same as using a coupon offered by the store for a discount? A loophole is by definition unintentional. Taking advantage of it is no better than stealing.

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