An empirical analysis of the ethical reasoning process of tax practitioners

Frecknall Hughes, Jane; Doyle, Elaine and Summer, Barbara (2013). An empirical analysis of the ethical reasoning process of tax practitioners. Journal of Business Ethics, 114(2) pp. 325–339.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-012-1347-x

Abstract

How tax practitioners approach ethical dilemmas remains generally unexplored in academic literature. We use here Rest’s original Defining Issues Test (Development in judging moral issues. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1979; Moral development. Advances in research and theory. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1986), combined with a tax context-specific test and in conjunction with a control group of non-tax specialists, to examine tax practitioners’ moral reasoning in a social and tax context. We investigate: (i) the effect of a tax context on issues raised (finding that practitioners generally reason at lower levels than in social scenarios); (ii) whether the profession attracts people who reason at certain levels (finding that it does not); and (iii) whether practitioners are affected by training/socialization in their professional context (finding that that they are).

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 34714
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1573-0697
  • Keywords
  • DIT; moral reasoning; revenue practitioner; tax practice; tax practitioner
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
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  • © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
  • Depositing User
  • Catherine Playle

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