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The Role of Professional Accountants in the Proper Functioning of Taxation Systems
by Russell Guthrie, IFAC Executive Director, Professional Relations and CFO | September 30, 2014

There has been much recent debate in many sectors of the economy and among politicians about the role of taxation in society, the extent to which tax planning is appropriate, and taxpayer behavior.

Throughout the world, accountants—with their technical expertise and professional and ethical training—play a key role in assisting client and employer taxpayers regarding tax obligations. A 2007 report by the Forum on Tax Administration (consisting of Tax Commissioners from 45 countries) acknowledged the crucial role that intermediaries such as accountants play in ensuring tax systems function properly.

So what role should accountants play?

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