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Friday, December 23, 2011

Call for Tax Book Reviews: Oxford University Press

Daniel Solove (George Washington) has issued a call for book reviews (here and here) of new Oxford University Press books to be published on Concurring Opinions.  Two of the books are about tax:

In The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Income Tax Law, Edward McCaffery presents an accessible introduction to the major topics in the field of federal income taxation, such as income, deductions, and recognition of gains and losses. After discussing central rules and doctrines individually, Edward McCaffery offers a very sophisticated yet clear explanation of the interplay among them, carefully describing how they work together to carry out the policy goals of the U.S. tax system.

Professor McCaffery describes, for example, how the current income tax in the United States has increasingly become a wage tax that favors those with capital rather than those whose money comes from labor. In explaining the consequences of tax policy on individuals, he also considers important possible alternatives for income taxation in the U.S.

The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Income Tax Law sets forth the 'who,' 'what,' 'when,' and 'why' of income tax law and describes the essential concepts of the field in a clear and concise manner that helps students and non-experts increase their understanding of the policies behind modern tax law and the ways in which these policies affect different types of individuals.

  • A leading expert in tax law provides students with a clear and concise approach to the major topics in the field of federal income taxation
  • This book synthesizes the key doctrines, cases, evolution, and policies of tax law in a clear yet sophisticated manner
  • An indispensable supplement to casebook and tax code for students studying federal income taxation
  • Provides an overview of the major developments in tax reform and a framework in which these efforts can be better evaluated
  • Provides a framework to tax law that is accessible to beginners by continually offering a view of the "big picture" so that students do not feel overwhelmed by intricate tax detail
  • Covers the leading cases and concepts, and includes numerous real-world and hypothetical illustrations to ensure that students can grasp the otherwise complicated rules

Tax law is a daunting subject for many law students. It requires a firm grasp of the Internal Revenue Code provisions, the reasoning behind them, the way they interact, and the way courts have interpreted them. Students must also acquire a brand new vocabulary of tax terms.

For the first time, Oxford University Press equips students with an accessible guide to acing this most challenging of law school tests. In Federal Income Taxation: Model Problems and Outstanding Answers, Camilla E. Watson helps students demonstrate their knowledge of federal income tax law in the structured and sophisticated manner that professors expect on law school exams.

This book includes clear introductions to the major topics in tax law, provides hypothetical's similar to those that students can expect to see on an exam, and offers model answers to those hypothetical's. Professor Watson then gives students the opportunity to evaluate their own work with a comprehensive self-analysis section. This book prepares students by challenging them to use the law they learn in class while also explaining the best way to express an answer on law school exams.

  • Each problem/test question is separated into components so students can easily identify the key concepts in Federal Income Taxation and learn how to apply those concepts in a sophisticated manner on law exams
  • Helps students identify the deficiencies in their own answers, allowing them to refine their writing and provide the answers law professors expect on Federal Income Taxation exams
  • A self-evaluation section identifies which issues are most often missed on exams, allowing students to master the answers to challenging test questions

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