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Monday, July 11, 2011

TaxProf Blog Reader (LLM Student) Offers to Donate Kidney to Prof's Daughter

Adjunct A reminder of what a privilege it is to write this blog for such a wonderful tax community:  in May, Mitch Rubinstein, editor of our Adjunct Law Prof Blog, asked me to publicize his desperate plea for a kidney donor for his 13 year old daughter Linda (in blue, with her 15 year old sister Mollie (in pink) and mother).  Over the weekend, Mitch shared with me the amazing news that a regular reader of this blog, a tax LL.M. student in Chicago, stepped forward and agreed to donate a kidney to Linda!

However, Linda deteriorated rapidly and, when a cadaver kidney became available from a 14 year old donor on June 29, the family decided to go that route rather than wait for a transplant from the living donor. Linda is doing well; read more about the amazing story here.

Update #1:  I had a wonderful email exchange this morning with the graduate tax student -- although she wants to remain anonymous, she agreed to let me share her response to the praise her sacrificial offer has elicited:

"To me it's like, hey, I'm type O Blood and I've got an extra kidney, so why not help some one else."

Update #2:  ABA Journal, Law Student Offers to Donate Kidney to Prof’s Daughter

July 11, 2011 in About This Blog, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, July 1, 2011

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Seven-Year Anniversary of TaxProf Blog and 'Blogger Burnout'

Happy_anniversary_1Last month (April 15), TaxProf Blog marked its 7-year anniversary (and the TaxProf Email Discussion Group marked its 16-year anniversary). I hope the blog has at least partially succeeded in its mission (announced in my very first of 19,600 posts here) to provide both (1) permanent resources & links, and (2) daily news & information, of interest to law school tax professors and students, tax lawyers in private practice and government, accountants, and others in the tax community. The following chart shows the blog's continued growth over these seven years:

                                                                TaxProf Blog (4/15/04 – 4/15/11)

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Total

Visitors

Total

Per Day

v. Prior Year

 

528,000

1,400

 

 

933,000

2,500

+76.7%

 

1,246,000

3,400

+33.5%

 

1,537,000

4,200

+23.4%

 

2,591,000

7,100

+68.6%

 

2,787,000

7,630

+7.6%

 

2,905,000

7,960

+4.2%

 

9,740,000

Page Views

Total

Per Day

v. Prior Year

 

688,000

1,900

 

 

1,202,000

3,300

+74.7%

 

1,593,000

4,360

+32.5%

 

2,282,000

6,250

+43.3%

 

3,490,000

9,560

+52.9%

 

3,607,000

9,880

+3.4%

 

3,805,000

10,420

+5.5%

 

13,060,000

Several prominent bloggers recently have discussed the dangers of blogger burnout:

Winds of Change (Marc Danzinger), Whither Winds:

I've always considered my blogging habit to be a hobby, rather than work. While it has opened professional doors to me and taught me things that I use in my work, I've never made any significant fraction of my income from blogging. ...

[F]or the last few months, it's been a struggle rather than a joy. I've tried hard to power through and rediscover the pleasure but with no success. ... I'm just bored and unmotivated. And since I've always been an amateur at this, the difference between a professional - who delivers when bored and unmotivated -- and an amateur -- who doesn't -- is pretty significant.

So here's my plan. I won't be writing here for a while, if ever.

Belmont Club (Richard Fernandez), The Ten Thousand Rule:

Marc Danziger at Winds of Change says he’s going to take a vacation from blogging. ... It’s the ten thousand rule.

Once, at the first and only time I ever sat on a panel in New York City, I described the pressure that comes with having a modest readership. “When you’ve got ten visitors a day you can say what you like. When you have ten thousand, you become very careful.” The other rule, which Marc has probably discovered, is that at ten visitors a day you don’t give a hoot whether you write that day or not. When the site gets to a certain level of traffic, that luxury disappears. You have to show up every day because you know ten thousand readers will. The only thing worse than having your own business is having a moderately successful blog. ...

Neo-neocon, Blogging and Burnout:

I don’t have a readership of ten thousand readers a day, but I have considerably more than ten. This blog could definitely be described as “moderately successful,” and I understand the feeling of not wanting to disappoint my readers, many of whom come here not just to read me but to talk to each other.

A very successful blog, such as Instapundit, is more like a job, and probably a fairly lucrative one at that. Although money is hardly the entire impetus that drives it, and most likely wasn’t at the blog’s inception, it can mightily reinforce the desire to continue.

But a “moderately successful” blog can never be the monetary equivalent of a job, despite the wonderful efforts of readers ... to help out as best they can. So it will always be mostly a labor of love—or perhaps of OCD. ...

I haven’t yet freed myself of the tyranny of the sitemeter, although I don’t check it all that often and I’m not ruled by it. ... But it’s still hard to watch that sitemeter climb ... It would be so very nice if traffic just built and built and built, instead. I know life is full of ups and downs, but a sitemeter is so—well, so graphic about showing them. ...I’ve been doing this for over (gulp!) six years.

Don’t worry, I have no plans to follow in Danziger’s footsteps and quit blogging, although I might take a few days’ vacation here and there. No biggee. But I think I understand quite well what drove him to make that decision, and I wish him the best.

I have followed Glenn Reynolds' advice for avoiding blogger burnout through "an occasional change of scenery" (e.g., here and here).

May 16, 2011 in About This Blog, Legal Education, Miscellaneous, Tax | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Parents Weekend

Dartmouth (043011) My wife and I traveled 6,000 miles to spend parents' weekend with our freshman daughter, Jayne. She continues to be a force of nature, taking her college by storm. It was a wonderful New England weekend, and we enjoyed every minute of it -- especially seeing how happy she is at her new "home." An unusual highlight was playing pong (thankfully, the water version) with her at a fraternity (in recognition of the game's invention at her school -- a fact for some reason not trumpeted at the various programs for visiting parents).

May 2, 2011 in About This Blog, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

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Monday, April 4, 2011

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

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Friday, January 7, 2011

2011 ABA Blawg 100 Results

Blawg 100 Kudos to my fellow blogger in the Law Professor Blogs Network, Gerry Beyer (Texas Tech), whose Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog was voted the top blawg in the Law Prof Plus category in the ABA Journal's 2011 Blawg 100 -- "the 100 best Web sites by lawyers, for lawyers," selected from among more than 3,000 law-related blogs. TaxProf Blog came in second place in the voting:
  1. Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog (98 votes)
  2. TaxProf Blog (62 votes)
  3. Feminist Law Professors (28 votes)
  4. Concurring Opinions (26 votes)
  5. PrawfsBlawg (25 votes)
  6. The Faculty Lounge (23 votes)
  7. Truth on the Market (22 votes)
  8. Brian Leiter's Law School Reports (21 votes)
  9. ProfessorBainbridge (20 votes)
  10. Religion Clause (19 votes)
  11. Legal Profession Blog (18 votes)
  12. The Situationist (16 votes)

For the winners in the other eleven categories, see:

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Monday, January 3, 2011

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Vote For Your Favorite Law Prof Blog in the ABA Journal's Blawg 100

ABA Blawg 100 (112910) Voting ends tomorrow in the ABA Journal's 2011 Blawg 100 -- "the 100 best Web sites by lawyers, for lawyers," selected from among more than 3,000 law-related blogs. TaxProf Blog is currently in second place in the voting among the twelve blogs nominated in the Law Prof Plus category:
  1. Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog (96 votes)
  2. TaxProf Blog (53 votes)
  3. Concurring Opinions (24 votes)
  4. PrawfsBlawg (23 votes)
  5. Feminist Law Professors (22 votes)
  6. The Faculty Lounge (21 votes)
  7. Truth on the Market (20 votes)
  8. ProfessorBainbridge (19 votes)
  9. Leiter's Law School Reports (18 votes)
  10. Religion Clause (17 votes)
  11. Legal Profession Blog (16 votes)
  12. The Situationist (12 votes)

To vote, go here (free registration required).

December 29, 2010 in About This Blog, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

TaxProf Blog and Mauled Again Named Best Law Professor Blogs

The 2010 Blawggies – Dennis Kennedy’s Annual Best of Law-related Blogging Awards:

The Blawggies, which honor the best law-related blogs as determined from my personal and highly-opinionated perspective, were first unleashed on an unsuspecting blogosphere in December 2004 and are an annual tradition here at DennisKennedy.Blog. ...

Best Law Professor Blog – Tie: Paul Caron’s The TaxProf Blog and Jim Maul[e]’s Mauled Again

The Blawggies have always had a spot for the best law professor blawg and now that I’m a contributing editor to the new Legal Skills Prof Blog on the great Paul Caron’s The TaxProf Blog and Jim Maul[e]’s Mauled Again. I like how they both cover tax law and tax developments, explain the practical implications, and branch out into the economic crisis, law school issues and much more. Both bloggers show how to write a blog with an academic focus and a a real world impact. I admire them greatly. Perhaps my highest compliment is that their blogs make me wish I could take a tax law class from them, which is no small feat when you consider that the late Martin Ginsberg was one of my favorite professors at Georgetown University Law Center.

December 28, 2010 in About This Blog, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

TaxProf Blog Named Top 100 Law Blog by ABA Journal

ABA Blawg 100 (112910) I am thrilled that, for the third year in a row, TaxProf Blog has been named to the ABA Journal's list of "the 100 best Web sites by lawyers, for lawyers, as chosen by the editors of the ABA Journal" -- the 2011 Blawg 100, selected from more than 3,000 blawgs. TaxProf Blog is one of twelve blogs nominated in the Law Prof Plus category. Here is the ABA Journal's description of TaxProf Blog:<

We agree with professor Ann Murphy from Gonzaga that this blog is fantastic. Paul Caron makes tax law (and law prof news) entertaining, even for a general audience. Murphy notes, “One might think you’d have to be a tax nerd to like it, but many of my co-workers like it too.”

Three other members of our Law Professor Blogs Network also were named to the Blawg 100:

Kudos to TaxGirl, nominated in the Niche category. To vote, go here. (Voting ends December 30.)

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Monday, November 1, 2010

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Monday, October 4, 2010

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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Monday, August 2, 2010

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

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Friday, June 4, 2010

TaxProf Blog Crosses 10 Million Visitor Mark

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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Monday, May 3, 2010

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Six-Year Anniversary of TaxProf Blog

Happy_anniversary_1Yesterday (April 15) marked the 6-year anniversary of TaxProf Blog (and the 15-year anniversary of the TaxProf Email Discussion Group). I hope the blog has at least partially succeeded in its mission (announced in my very first post here) to provide both (1) permanent resources & links, and (2) daily news & information, of interest to law school tax professors and students, tax lawyers in private practice and government, accountants, and others in the tax community. The following chart shows the blog's dramatic across-the-board growth over these six years:

TaxProf Blog (4/15/04 – 4/15/10)

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Total

Visitors

Total

Per Day

v. Prior Year

 

528,000

1,400

-

 

933,000

2,500

+76.7%

 

1,246,000

3,400

+33.5%

 

1,537,000

4,200

+23.4%

 

2,591,000

7,100

+68.6%

 

2,787,000

7,630

+7.6%

 

6,835,000

Page Views

Total

Per Day

v. Prior Year

 

688,000

1,900

-

 

1,202,000

3,300

+74.7%

 

1,593,000

4,360

+32.5%

 

2,282,000

6,250

+43.3%

 

3,490,000

9,560

+52.9%

 

3,607,000

9,880

+3.4%

 

9,255,000

During my six-year run, I have:

I am especially delighted that our Law Professor Blogs Network has expanded to over 50 blogs:

Our current sponsor -- Aspen -- is supporting our efforts to expand the network into other areas of law.  Please email me and Joe Hodnicki if you would be interested in learning more about starting a blog as part of our network. We provide you with a turn-key operation: we will create your blog for you and walk you through the very simple mechanics of posting.  Aspen's sponsorship enables us to provide modest stipends to our editors. 

Thank you for joining us during these six years. I hope you will stick around for what I hope will be many years to come. Please use the comments to share your thoughts on the blog as well as how we can serve you better in the future.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

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Monday, March 1, 2010

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Friday, February 5, 2010

WSJ Names TaxProf Blog #1 Tax Blog

The Wall Street Journal's Digital Network has named TaxProf Blog the #1 Tax Accounting Blog:

1. TaxProf Blog: Penned by Paul Caron, a law professor at the University of Cincinnati, this blog offers a diverse menu of industry news, event updates from coast to coast, and stories worth a second glance. And Caron isn't above devoting entries to celebrities. You'll find links to such goodies as a Steven Colbert video on estate-tax repeal and a recent write-up about the Arizona Cardinals' Antrel Rolle's IRS woes. And, like most professors, the TaxProf provides plenty of supplementary reads at the end of most entries.

Rounding out the WSJ's Top 5 are:

2. Tax Policy Blog (Tax Foundation)

3. Don’t Mess With Taxes (Kay Bell)

4. Tax Watch (Thomson Reuters)

5. A Taxing Matter (Linda Beale)

February 5, 2010 in About This Blog, Tax | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, February 1, 2010

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

ABA Blawg 100

Blawg100_2009_logo The votes are in for the 2009 ABA Blawg 100, and TaxProf Blog finished second among the 15 blawgs nominated in the Legal Theory category:

1

Volokh Conspiracy

149

2

TaxProf Blog

80

3

Leiter's Law School Reports

35

4

Feminist Law Professors

34

5

Concurring Opinions

28

6

Legal Ethics Forum

26

7

PrawfsBlawg

25

8

Becker-Posner Blog

22

9

Faculty Lounge

21

10

Legal Profession Blog

20

11

Conglomerate

16

12

Empirical Legal Studies

15

13

A Failure of Capitalism

12

IdeoBlog

12

15

Mirror of Justice

10

Kudos to TaxGirl, which finished 5th of 16 blawgs nominated in the Practice Specific category.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Tax Person of the Year

Tax Analysts has named its Tax Person of the YearBradley Birkenfeld, the whistleblower in the UBS offshore tax shelter case:

Birkenfeld must be considered among the biggest whistle-blowers of all time. He is the Benedict Arnold of the private banking industry and single-handedly made 2009 the year in which the world finally got serious about cracking down on tax evasion. His story is both personally compelling and significant in terms of the sudden changes it has brought to our tax system.

Although Birkenfeld is responsible for the snaring of countless tax cheats, he's no ordinary hero. His hands were hardly clean in the UBS affair. Like a Shakespearean protagonist, he seems as flawed as he is noble. What's undeniable, though, is that the consequences of his actions have affected millions of taxpayers, the global financial sector, and tax administrations around the world. For all of these reasons, Bradley Birkenfeld is Tax Notes' Person of the Year for 2009. ...

I am delighted to be named one of nine other "notable and talented figures in the tax world [who] were considered for Person of the Year":

Anyone looking for a quick fix of the day's major tax headlines, highlights of recently released papers from heavy hitters in the tax law community, or news on other happenings in the academic world of tax law increasingly turned to Paul L. Caron's TaxProf Blog in 2009. The blog's "SiteMeter" shows that it has received over 8.5 million visitors since its inception in April 2004, and the blog had the fifth most visitors among the top 35 blogs edited by law professors with publicly available SiteMeters for the October 2008 to September 2009 period, according to an October 13 post. That was a 46.4 percent increase over the previous 12-month period. TaxProf Blog was named the best law professor blog by Dennis Kennedy in his sixth annual law-related blogging awards (the Blawggies).

It's easy to see why interest in Caron's blog has grown. Not only is TaxProf Blog a convenient clearinghouse for up-to-date tax information, but discussions on the blog have also helped steer the national debate on tax law. For example, few would have imagined that the accident that occurred on Washington's subway line in June had its roots in tax law. But Caron helped draw attention to the argument, first made by Sarah B. Lawsky of the George Washington University Law School, that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's tax-advantaged sale-leaseback transactions prevented the agency from replacing older, unsafe cars. Not only did the major media outlets pick up on the story after it was featured on TaxProf Blog, but even members of Congress took notice.

Of course, Caron is not just known for his work on TaxProf Blog. He is also the associate dean of faculty and the Charles Hartstock Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. New editions of Caron's Tax Stories and Federal Wealth Transfer Taxation: Cases and Materials (which he coauthored with Paul R. McDaniel and James R. Repetti) were also published in 2009.

The other nominees for Tax Person of the Year were:

  • T. David Cowart (Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Dallas)
  • Ken Kuykendall (PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chicago)
  • Michael Mundaca (Nominee, Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy)
  • Erika W. Nijenhuis (Cleary Gottlieb, New York; Chair, NYSBA Tax Section)
  • Charles B. Rangel (Chair, House Ways & Means Committee)
  • Charles P. Rettig (Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez, Beverly Hills, CA)
  • Douglas Shulman (IRS Commissioner)
  • Alan D. Viard (Economist, American Enterprise Institute)

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Day to Vote for ABA Blawg 100

Monday, December 28, 2009

TaxProf Blog Named Best Law Professor Blog of 2009

Dennis Kennedy has published his 6th annual law-related blogging awards (the Blawggies) in 12 categories.  I am proud that TaxProf Blog was named the Best Law Professor Blog:

Best Law Professor Blog – Paul Caron's The TaxProf Blog

The Blawggies have always had a spot for the best law professor blawg. In part, it’s my little effort to bring closer (unsuccessfully, as of yet) the great divide between practicing lawyers and law professors (although realizing that a favorable mention of a law professor's blog outside academia might be disastrous for his or her tenure chances, I try to be careful). When I find an interesting post in Google Reader, I star it. I’m not sure any law-related blog has gotten more starred posts than Paul Caron's The TaxProf Blog, although my early background in tax law has something to do with that. Paul covers not just tax issues, but the economic turmoil, law school topics and more.

Runner-up - Tie: Jim Maule's Mauled Again is another great tax law blog with a broader scope and very interesting posts. Eric Goldman's Technology & Marketing Law Blog has great coverage of cyberlaw and intellectual property law issues.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The ABA Blawg 100 -- Legal Theory

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The ABA Blawg 100 -- Legal Theory

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

TaxProf Blog Named Top 100 Law Blog by ABA Journal

 

I am thrilled that, for the second year in a row, TaxProf Blog has been named to the ABA Journal's list of "the 100 best Web sites by lawyers, for lawyers, as chosen by the editors of the ABA Journal" -- the 2009 Blawg 100, selected from more than 2,500 blawgs. TaxProf Blog is one of fifteen blogs nominated in the Legal Theory category:

For those looking for more than just casual musings and rants, these academics provide substance over sensation.

Here is the ABA Journal's description of TaxProf Blog:

At TaxProf Blog, University of Cincinnati law professor Paul Caron covers tax law and policy, with forays into law school news. Taxgirl blogger Kelly Phillips Erb says Caron “writes with authority and a clear understanding of the tax code.” It’s not all academic. He may digest a complicated tax proposal in one post and link to a news story on a tax-evading celebrity in the next."

Quick Take: Caron generates buzz with his regular rankings of the top 35 law professor blogs with public analytics. (TaxProf was No. 6 in the rankings released in October.)

I am thrilled that two other members of our Law Professor Blogs Network also were named to the Blawg 100:

Kudos to TaxGirl, one of 16 blogs nominated in the Practice category.

To vote, go here. (Voting ends December 31.)

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Good and the Bad in Sports

I am at my college-freshman son's conference soccer tournament this weekend, with an NCAA Division III Tournament bid on the line for the winning team.  It was been a long journey, from select and high school soccer through his first college game and this remarkable season.  Their pulsating win in the semi-final yesterday, 7-6 on penalty kicks after the game finished 0-0 through two overtimes, was hard-fought but thankfully nothing like the BYU-New Mexico conference tournament semi-final game:


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Monday, November 2, 2009

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Top 100 Most Influential People in Tax and Accounting

Accounting Today Top 100 Cover

I am honored to be included on the list of  Accounting Today's Top 100 Most Influential People for the fourth year in a row. The magazine contains one-sentence explanations of why each of the folks made the list; here is mine:

Caron has built the leading tax blog on the Internet, with over 10 million page views since he created it in 2004.

I am flattered to be on the list with such high-powered people in the tax and accounting worlds, including:

Politicans:

  • Sen. Max Baucus (Chair, Senate Finance Committee)
  • Rep. Barney Frank (Chair, House Financial Services Committee)
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley (Ranking Member, Senate Finance Committee)
  • President Barack Obama
  • Rep. Charles Rangel (Chair, House Ways & Means Committee)

Government and Industry Group Officials:

  • Robert Attmore (Chair, GASB)
  • Ben Bernanke (Chair, Federal Reserve System) 
  • Timothy Geithner (Secretary of the Treasury)
  • J. Russell George (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration)
  • Robert Harris (Incoming Chair, AICPA)
  • Karen Hawkins (Director, IRS Office of Professional Responsibility)
  • Robert Herz (Chair, FASB)
  • James Kroeker (Chief Accountant, SEC)
  • Barry Melancon (President & CEO, AICPA)
  • Nina Olson (National Taxpayer Advocate, IRS)
  • Thomas Sadler (Chair, NASBA)
  • Mary Schapiro (Chair, SEC)
  • Douglas Shulman (Commissioner, IRS)
  • David Tweedie (Chair, IASB)
  • Edward Yingling (Chair, ABA)

CEOs of Major Accounting Firms:

  • Timothy Flynn & John Veihmeyer (KPMG)
  • Robert Moritz & Dennis Nally (PriceWaterhouseCoopers)
  • Edward Nusbaum (Grant Thornton)
  • James Quigley & Barry Salzberg (Deloitte)
  • James Turley (Ernst & Young)

CEOs of Tax & Accounting Companies & Publishers:

  • Jonathan Baron (Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting)
  • Kevin Robert (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Mike Sabbatis (CCH)
  • Brad Smith (Intuit)
  • Russ Smyth (H&R Block)

For more, see Accounting Today's List of Top 100 People Is Kinda Predictable.

September 30, 2009 in About This Blog, Legal Education, News, Tax, Tax Profs | Permalink | Comments (11) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Reach of the Blogosphere

Yet another example of the reach of the blogosphere:  I went to my son's first college soccer game yesterday, and seized the opportunity to have lunch with my favorite accountant-tax blogger: Joe Kristan:

Kristan lunch

Joe beat me to the punch by blogging our lunch here.  It was wonderful to break bread and chat about tax law, blogging, and our families.  One question I forgot to ask:  does this make my trip tax deductible?

It was a real treat to watch my son's game (although it brought back long-suppressed memories of my first college baseball game -- I batted cleanup (for the only time) based on my performance against the fastball-throwing pitching machine during preseason practice, but struck out in my three at-bats (with nary a foul ball) against the curveball-throwing lefthander from Howard before the coach mercifully pinch-hit for me).

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Monday, August 3, 2009

100 Best Blogs for Law Students

TaxProf Blog has been named one of the 100 Best Blogs for Law Students -- it was one of fourteen blogs named in the "Blogs From Professors" category.  Other categories are:

  • Blogs From Law Students
  • News and Information
  • Blogs From Recent Law School Graduates
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Blogs About Internships
  • Legal Specialties

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

TaxProf Blog Passes 7,500,000 Visitor Milestone

7.5m_Page_1 This morning, TaxProf Blog passed the 7,500,000 visitor milestone, after just five years in operation.  I am proud that TaxProf Blog is the most-visited law-focused blog edited by a single law professor. I am delighted that so many tax professors and students, tax lawyers in private practice and government, accountants, and others in the tax community find this blog useful enough to make it a part of their daily professional lives.

The 7,500,000th visitor came to the site this morning at 8:51 a.m. EST from Denver, Colorado.  He/she subscribes to TaxProf Blog's RSS feed and came to the site via Google Reader.  He/she came to read yesterday's post, Toni Braxton, Foxy Brown Have Tax Troubles, stayed 30 seconds (yes, Brian), and then left via the link in the post to learn more about Ms. Brown's singing career.

I am thrilled to welcome Aspen as a sponsor, helping us to keep the blog going for at least another year. 

   

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

TaxProf Blog Passes 10,000,000 Page View Milestone

Yesterday, TaxProf Blog passed the 10,000,000 page view milestone, after just five years in operation.  I am delighted that so many tax professors and students, tax lawyers in private practice and government, accountants, and others in the tax community find this blog useful.  And I am thrilled to welcome Aspen as a sponsor, helping us to keep the blog going for at least another year.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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Friday, May 1, 2009

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Government Opposes Sealing Finance Committee Staff Statements in G-I Holdings

Continuing my coverage of the taxpayer's attempt to have the district court reconsider its decision in In re G-I Holdings, 369 B.R. 832 (D.N.J. 2007), based on affidavits to be supplied by Senate Finance Committee staffers on the meaning of a tax transition rule:  the Government yesterday filed its Brief in Opposition to Debtors' Motion to Seal Finance Committee Staff Statements, which includes this statement:

The public’s interest is manifest in Rebecca Kysar’s discussion of GAF’s attempt to cite its lobbyist as legislative history in Listening to Congress: Earmark Rules and Statutory Interpretation, 94 Cornell L. Rev. 519, 565-567 (2009). Kysar was also the author of Kysar: Transition Rules and Statutory Interpretation in G-I Holdings, available on TaxProf Blog on April 28, 2009 (http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2009/04/kysar-.html#more).

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Five-Year Anniversary of TaxProf Blog

Happy_anniversary_1Today (April 15) marks the 5-year anniversary of TaxProf Blog (and the 14-year anniversary of the TaxProf Email Discussion Group). I hope the blog has at least partially succeeded in its mission (announced in my very first post here) to provide both (1) permanent resources & links, and (2) daily news & information, of interest to law school tax professors and students, tax lawyers in private practice and government, accountants, and others in the tax community. The following chart shows the blog's dramatic across-the-board growth over these five years [click on chart to enlarge]:

TaxProf Blog Anniversary (041509)      

During my five-year run, I have:

I am especially delighted that our Law Professor Blogs Network has expanded to over 50 blogs:

Thomson_3Our current sponsor -- Thomson-Tax & Accounting, Thomson-West, and Foundation Press -- is supporting our efforts to expand the network into other areas of law.  Please email me if you would be interested in learning more about starting a blog as part of our network. We provide you with a turn-key operation: we will create your blog for you and walk you through the very simple mechanics of posting.  Thomson's sponsorship enables us to provide modest stipends to our editors. 

Thank you for joining us during these five years. I hope you will stick around for what I hope will be many years to come. Please use the comments to share your thoughts on the blog as well as how we can serve you better in the future.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Subscribing to TaxProf Blog

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