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Avoiding Taxes

This poll is inspired from a discussion I had in commenting to an LJ friend's journal about whether it is morally wrong for people to aspire to be wealthy and to avoid (through legal means) the payment of taxes.

The term "multimillionaire" is used in some of these questions. Please interpret this to mean whatever number you consider to be filthy stinking rich. The options for some of the questions are limited to yes or no answers so as not to enable people to dodge the question. If that upsets you, don't answer the question.

So, is it wrong to want to be rich and to avoid paying taxes if you can do it legally?



Poll #1853568 Tax Avoidance

If a law permitted you to avoid paying income tax on a portion of your income, would you make use of that law? (Assume that there is nothing about the law that you find morally objectionable, unless you find the idea of paying lower taxes itself to be morally objectionable.)

Yes
16(44.4%)
Probably
14(38.9%)
Probably not
3(8.3%)
No
3(8.3%)

Would your answer to the previous question be different if you were a multi-millionaire?

Yes
5(14.7%)
No
29(85.3%)

Would your answer to the first question be different if you were a candidate in a election for a major public office?

Yes
13(37.1%)
No
22(62.9%)

If you could (and assuming you're not already), would you like to be a multi-millionaire?

Yes
25(67.6%)
No
12(32.4%)

Do you think it is wrong for people to aspire to be multi-millionaires?

Yes
0(0.0%)
A little
9(25.0%)
No
27(75.0%)

Do you resent those who are multi-millionaires?

Yes
3(8.1%)
A little
17(45.9%)
No
17(45.9%)

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