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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tax Exceptionalism and Tax Reform

Gene Magidenko (J.D. 2012, Michigan) has published two notes in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform Online:

  • Tax Exceptionalism: Wanted Dead or Alive (Mar. 12, 2012):  "Tax law has just not been the same since January 2011. Did Congress pass earthshaking legislation affecting the Internal Revenue Code? Did the IRS dramatically change regulations? If only it were that exciting. Instead, eight jurists sitting at One First Street in our nation’s capital transformed tax law in a less bloody, but no less profound, way. The thought must have gone through many a tax mind – is tax exceptionalism dead?"
  • Reforming the Tax Code: A Tale of Two Purposes and Paralysis (Mar. 28, 2012):  "Though the presidential election of 2012 is still some time away, national politics have been in the thick of one for several months now. One of the top issues being debated is the tax code. Most agree that the tax code should be simplified, but to say that the proposals to do this are various is an understatement. This perennial question of reform has been a fixture of the national debate for a long time, so little of what can be said about it is particularly novel. All the same, a brief overview of the purposes behind our system of taxation and how they inform the present debate about tax reform is useful. The ultimate conclusion, unsatisfying as it may be, is that there are serious systemic obstacles to any substantive changes to the tax code."

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