“I live in Alexandria, Virginia.  Near the Supreme Court chambers is a toll bridge across the Potomac.  When in a rush, I pay the dollar toll and get home early.  However, I usually drive outside the downtown section of the city and cross the Potomac on a free bridge.

This bridge was placed outside the downtown Washington, DC area to serve a useful social service, getting drivers to drive the extra mile and help alleviate congestion during the rush hour.

If I went over the toll bridge and through the barrier without paying the toll, I would be committing tax evasion.

If, however, I drive the extra mile and drive outside the city of Washington to the free bridge, I am using a legitimate, logical and suitable method of tax avoidance, and am performing a useful social service by doing so.

For my tax evasion, I should be punished.  For my tax avoidance, I should be commended.

The tragedy of life today is that so few people know that the free bridge even exists.

Justice Louis Brandeis, US Supreme Court

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