Income tax and honesty

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

"How do you pay your income tax? ..." our friend asked rhetorically, and after a pregnant pause announced, "With honesty."

My husband and I looked at each other. Just a couple of hours earlier we had been advised to hedge a little on our tax return. "No one would possibly question if you padded your expenses a little," the tax consultant had said. "You've kept them so low." His argument had sounded so plausible and the action justifiable. It didn't seem fair to be penalized for being economical, perhaps even sacrificing.

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