Restoring Professionalism to Professions

Research Report

Restoring Professionalism to Professions

April 30, 2007

Abstract

At a recent Tax Analysts session on the administration of the tax laws for large and midsize businesses, former IRS Commissioner Larry Gibbs spoke out, as he has done
frequently, on the importance of professionalism. His concerns relate to the fundamental issue of whether we can count on professionalslargely accountants and lawyersto maintain a viable tax system through their allegiance to high professional standards. This article discusses the importance these high professional standards and encourages readers to take concerns about a decline in professionalism seriously.

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