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The Boston Globe


Line between tax avoidance and evasion can be blurry

NEW YORK — Most people think they pay too much in taxes and will do their best to avoid them, but few take that a step further into illegal tax evasion.

Many simply complain to anyone who will listen. Phil Mickelson, the professional golfer, did just that a few weeks ago when he finished a tournament and griped that he paid 62 or 63 percent of his income in taxes. Something was going to have to change, he said. His fans were probably more sympathetic before they learned he made $47.8 million last year.

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