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State tax officials, having had considerable success in persuading delinquent individuals to pay their back taxes through the incentive of reduced penalties, plan to adopt a similiar approach in order to collect past due taxes from corporations.

The state tax plan outlined above assumes that

A) federal tax officials will not attempt to collect back taxes in the same manner
B) stiff fines are not the only way to collect past due corporate taxes
C) corporations tend to be delinquent in their taxes for teh same length of time that individual taxpayers are
D) past due taxes cannot be collected without a reduction in penalties
E) penalties for delinquent corporations will have to be reduced by the same percentage as were penalties for delinquent individuals.
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21 Aug 2005, 19:05
IMO D
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21 Aug 2005, 19:08
Go with B. however D is also likely.
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21 Aug 2005, 19:41
D

If there is alternative other than reducing tax penality and still collect past due tax, the state official would have done it already.
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22 Aug 2005, 07:02
Agree with D..

There a double dose of this choice in the argument. It has been applied twice. One for corporations and now for individuals. There is no other method that is working for the officials.
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22 Aug 2005, 07:05
D for me too.
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22 Aug 2005, 07:30
(C) for me.
Reason: What applies to individuals also applies to corporations (that's the assumption).
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22 Aug 2005, 10:36
B fits perfectly when negated. D is not that necessary. The stimulus says considerable success in persuading but not necessarily 100% guaranteed that the government will collect taxes.
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23 Aug 2005, 04:29
Carloz wrote:
B fits perfectly when negated. D is not that necessary. The stimulus says considerable success in persuading but not necessarily 100% guaranteed that the government will collect taxes.

I dont see a single word that mentions about "FINES". The argument is talking about penalties.

The author has shown that state has been successful in collecting the back taxes when they reduce the penalties. Now the state is trying to use the same method for individuals.

The author assumes that the only way to collect back taxes is to reduce the penalties. if it were not the case, then individuals and corporations would had paid the taxes or state would had used some other tools to get the money back from these thieves.

So, the argument cannot stand without assuming D
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23 Aug 2005, 06:40
I agree. D.

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23 Aug 2005, 07:38
Conclusion is "the plan to adopt a similar approach in order to collect past due taxes from corporations."

B negated is stiff fines are the ONLY way to collect past due corporate taxes. When B is negated, the conclusion cannot be true. Thus B must be an assumption. Why use reduced penalties when the only way to collect corporate taxes is through stiff fines?

What is OA?
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23 Aug 2005, 20:21
I'll pick C.

Since, most have picked D, I'll wait for OA to see if I am correct.
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27 Aug 2005, 08:57
Agree with D....

But yes I did get inclined to choose B....My qs for Riteshgupta.....if D used 'FINES' and B used 'penalties' would the answer pick be affected?
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27 Aug 2005, 22:44
Premise:
1) State tax officials had success in getting delinquent individuals to pay back taxes
2) Used incentive of reduced penalties
3) plans to use similar approach to colllect past taxes from coporations

The state tax plan outlined above assumes that

A) federal tax officials will not attempt to collect back taxes in the same manner
- out of scope. Federal tax officials is never discussed in the passage

B) stiff fines are not the only way to collect past due corporate taxes
- Not important.

C) corporations tend to be delinquent in their taxes for the same length of time that individual taxpayers are
- Again, it's not important. It does not link the premises to the conclusion that the plan will be equally successful when applied to coporates

D) past due taxes cannot be collected without a reduction in penalties
- I'll go with D. it assumes that this is the only way to get past taxes paid

E) penalties for delinquent corporations will have to be reduced by the same percentage as were penalties for delinquent individuals.
- Not important.

D for me.
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29 Aug 2005, 17:51
OA is B. I feel for "D", just like everyone else.

Carloz, could you elaborate on why you picked B over D?
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29 Aug 2005, 23:06
do we assume fines=penalties here?
My answer was D as well. whats the OE?
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30 Aug 2005, 17:15
I got B.
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30 Aug 2005, 18:35
Explanation why B makes sense:

"plans to adopt similar approach" does not mean same approach.
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31 Aug 2005, 12:10
The conlcusion is that state officials plan to use reduction in penalties as a way to collect past due taxes. No where in the whole passage states that this must be the only way to collect taxes (which is what D is saying). Also, the reduction of penalties "had considerable success" but not absolute 100% guaranteed success rate. In fact you can have stiff fines and reduce penalties concurrently and the argument still holds. D is too absolute to be the answer.

B must be a premise/assumption b/c if negated then it would say: stiff fines are the only way to collect past taxes. The argument cannot be true if this were the case.
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