- Jan 2011
No, you've misunderstood my pointI don't completely follow. You're saying because some of the functions of a CPA are designed to help people understand complex tax laws, they're B.S.?
I'm not astute on the complexities of tax laws, nor do I really want to be. I understand some taxes are necessity to allow our country to operate to a certain degree. Which is why I would think the example above doesn't constitute a B.S. job.Their job isn't to help people evade tax laws, it's to help people pay their taxes as accurately as possible.
In regards to those who generate the tax laws having B.S. jobs, still not completely there either. Where as I think the US Congress isn't exactly a fine tuned machine, it is a requirement for a functioning government in the US today. As a result, I don't really find that to be a B.S. job either.
Its the combination of "designing complext tax rules " + "jobs aimed at optimizing taxes" that is wrong for society... As others have pointed out, simpler tax rules would mean an easier time for everyone in paying their taxes and eliminate the need for jobs whose only purpose is tax optimization...
Oh, and very few people are interested in "paying their taxes accurately", the overwhelming majority is interested in paying as little as they can...
A long time back in Amsterdam they taxed houses according to their width, the result was this
no one really wants to live in a narrow house..... but to pay less taxes people are ready to do most anything...... If tomorow there is a tax deduction for walking bare assed , you'll see nothing but bare asses in the streets... and there will be tax advisors paid to explain to you how much of your ass you must reveal to maximize your tax deductions