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  • Writer's pictureEvan Kirkpatrick

Such a Thing As Accountant-Client Privilege?


Are tax-related emails between an attorney, an accountant and their client protected under the attorney-client privilege?

In a recent case, a U.S. District Court said “yes.” The case involved a man who didn’t report certain income on his tax return but had second thoughts. He consulted an attorney who contacted an accounting firm to assist him. The government obtained a search warrant for the taxpayer’s emails.

The court ruled the emails with the attorney and accounting firm were protected under the attorney-client privilege.

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