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Tax preparation company automatically adds the following disclaimer to every e-mail message sent to its clients: "Any tax advice in this e-mail should not be construed as advocating any violation of the provisions of the tax code." The only purpose this disclaimer could serve is to provide legal protection for the company. But if the e-mail elsewhere suggests that the client do something illegal, then the disclaimer offers no legal protection. So the disclaimer serves no purpose.

The argument's conclusion can be properly drawn if which one of the following is assumed?


A. If the e-mail does not elsewhere suggest that the client do anything illegal, then the company does not need legal protection.

B. If e-mail messages sent by the tax preparation company do elsewhere suggest that the recipient do something illegal, then the company could be subject to substantial penalties.

C. A disclaimer that is included in every e-mail message sent by a company will tend to be ignored by recipients who have already received many e-mails from that company.

D. At least some of the recipients of the company's e-mails will follow the advice contained in the body of at least some of the e-mails they receive.

E. Some of the tax preparation company's clients would try to illegally evade penalties if they knew how to do so.

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Tax preparation company automatically adds the following disclaimer to every e-mail message sent to its clients: "Any tax advice in this e-mail should not be construed as advocating any violation of the provisions of the tax code." The only purpose this disclaimer could serve is to provide legal protection for the company. But if the e-mail elsewhere suggests that the client do something illegal, then the disclaimer offers no legal protection. So the disclaimer serves no purpose.

The argument's conclusion can be properly drawn if which one of the following is assumed?

so we are looking for something that strengthens - disclaimer serves no purpose

A. If the e-mail does not elsewhere suggest that the client do anything illegal, then the company does not need legal protection.
So if the company does not need legal protection, then disclaimer is NOT required.
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B. If e-mail messages sent by the tax preparation company do elsewhere suggest that the recipient do something illegal, then the company could be subject to substantial penalties.
does not strengthen the conclusion in any way. If the company is liable to be prosecuted, disclaimer is required

C. A disclaimer that is included in every e-mail message sent by a company will tend to be ignored by recipients who have already received many e-mails from that company.
out of scope. We are talking of validity of the disclaimer, and not what the recipients would do

D. At least some of the recipients of the company's e-mails will follow the advice contained in the body of at least some of the e-mails they receive.
Again out of scope

E. Some of the tax preparation company's clients would try to illegally evade penalties if they knew how to do so.
Doesn't touch on disclaimer at all

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Tax preparation company automatically adds the following disclaimer to every e-mail message sent to its clients: "Any tax advice in this e-mail should not be construed as advocating any violation of the provisions of the tax code." The only purpose this disclaimer could serve is to provide legal protection for the company. But if the e-mail elsewhere suggests that the client do something illegal, then the disclaimer offers no legal protection. So the disclaimer serves no purpose.

The argument's conclusion can be properly drawn if which one of the following is assumed?

so we are looking for something that strengthens - disclaimer serves no purpose

A. If the e-mail does not elsewhere suggest that the client do anything illegal, then the company does not need legal protection.
So if the company does not need legal protection, then disclaimer is NOT required.
Correct


B. If e-mail messages sent by the tax preparation company do elsewhere suggest that the recipient do something illegal, then the company could be subject to substantial penalties.
does not strengthen the conclusion in any way. If the company is liable to be prosecuted, disclaimer is required

C. A disclaimer that is included in every e-mail message sent by a company will tend to be ignored by recipients who have already received many e-mails from that company.
out of scope. We are talking of validity of the disclaimer, and not what the recipients would do

D. At least some of the recipients of the company's e-mails will follow the advice contained in the body of at least some of the e-mails they receive.
Again out of scope

E. Some of the tax preparation company's clients would try to illegally evade penalties if they knew how to do so.
Doesn't touch on disclaimer at all

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Don't understand the question in first place. question has been twisted to such an extend that npthing is understood
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I used negation technique and found both and be to be awfully similar. Could someone please help.
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any answer that on negation hurts the conclusion: So the disclaimer serves no purpose.
ie states that the disclaimer does serve a purpose is our answer...

B. If e-mail messages sent by the tax preparation company do elsewhere suggest that the recipient do something illegal, then the company could be subject to substantial penalties. (irrelevant we are only concerned with anything that hurts the conclusion about the disclaimer...this does not address that...hence eliminated)

C. A disclaimer that is included in every e-mail message sent by a company will tend to be ignored by recipients who have already received many e-mails from that company.
even if they tend not to ignore it there is not guarantee that they will or will not act on it...so eliminated

D. At least some of the recipients of the company's e-mails will follow the advice contained in the body of at least some of the e-mails they receive.
it is not specified whether this is about legal advice or some other(tax related advice) so eliminated

E. Some of the tax preparation company's clients would try to illegally evade penalties if they knew how to do so. irrelevant to conclusion eliminated

A) If the e-mail does not elsewhere suggest that the client do anything illegal, then the company does not need legal protection.
this hurts the conclusion on negation because if it is suggested in the email that the client has done something illegal and yet the company does not require legal protection...it means the disclaimer is serving its purpose...correct answer
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Tax preparation company automatically adds the following disclaimer to every e-mail message sent to its clients: "Any tax advice in this e-mail should not be construed as advocating any violation of the provisions of the tax code." The only purpose this disclaimer could serve is to provide legal protection for the company. But if the e-mail elsewhere suggests that the client do something illegal, then the disclaimer offers no legal protection. So the disclaimer serves no purpose.

The argument's conclusion can be properly drawn if which one of the following is assumed?


A. If the e-mail does not elsewhere suggest that the client do anything illegal, then the company does not need legal protection.

B. If e-mail messages sent by the tax preparation company do elsewhere suggest that the recipient do something illegal, then the company could be subject to substantial penalties.

C. A disclaimer that is included in every e-mail message sent by a company will tend to be ignored by recipients who have already received many e-mails from that company.

D. At least some of the recipients of the company's e-mails will follow the advice contained in the body of at least some of the e-mails they receive.

E. Some of the tax preparation company's clients would try to illegally evade penalties if they knew how to do so.

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Premises:
- A disclaimer is added to every mail.
- The only purpose this disclaimer could serve is to provide legal protection for the company.
- But if the e-mail elsewhere suggests that the client do something illegal, then the disclaimer offers no legal protection.

Conclusion: The disclaimer serves no purpose.

The disclaimer provides legal protection. If the e-mail suggests something illegal, disclaimer does not provide legal protection. (So it could provide legal protection if the mail does not suggest something illegal)
But we are concluding that the disclaimer is useless.

Where is the gap? We are assuming that there is no legal protection needed if the mail does not suggest something illegal.

Negated (A): If the e-mail does not elsewhere suggest that the client do anything illegal, then the company could need legal protection.
So the disclaimer is not useless. Conclusion fails.

Answer (A)

Note that what actually the recipients of the email do is irrelevant.
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