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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Deborah Jones Merritt: Client-Centered Law Schools

Deborah Jones Merritt (Ohio State), Client Centered Law Schools:

[L]aw schools should educate students to provide the qualities that clients seek. How would law schools do that?

Many people asking this question point to the medical school model, suggesting that law schools should adopt one (or two) years of clinical rotations, perhaps followed by additional years of residency. I would not adopt that model wholesale. For one thing, it is far too expensive for the legal profession. Medical education rests upon enormous payments from Medicare, private insurance, government research grants, and private research funding, plus hefty tuition. Medicare alone contributes $9.1 billion a year to teaching hospitals, which helps pay for resident salaries and teaching costs. We don't have that kind of government support or private insurance in law.

But that shouldn't stop us from making legal education more responsive to clients. There are solutions that lie within our grasp, some of which borrow from less well known corners of medical education. I'll limit this post to my first four suggestions.

The first step is simply to embrace client needs as a measuring stick for curriculum decisions. That's a surprisingly radical notion in legal education. We talk sometimes about meeting student needs, and we reflect other times on employer demands. We plot constantly about how to raise our US News ranking. But we rarely ask directly, does this course/program/pedagogical method maximize the value we are providing to future clients? ...

The second step is to bring clients into the curriculum. One of the best features of medical school, in my opinion, is that students practice patient interviews and meet real patients during their very first year. ...

Third, I would seek new models to add hands-on professional work to legal education. There are ambitious ideas like Bradley Borden and Robert Rhee's proposal for a law school firm. I can imagine smaller initiatives involving partnerships between law schools and particular employers. ...

Fourth, I would rethink the teaching of every doctrinal course. ...

Those are my first four ideas for creating more client-centered law schools. Since you know me by now, you can guess that I have a lot more suggestions. A few of the others are (a) academic prerequisites to law school admission; (b) upper-level "uncasebooks" that teach the law without appellate opinions; (c) courses on law practice management and trends in the business of law; (d) law practice shadowing opportunities; (e) introductions to more of the technologies used in law practice; and (f) requiring every full-time faculty member and top-level administrator to demonstrate ongoing proficiency in the rules of professional responsibility. ...

How will we pay for these changes? Not through increased tuition. I would ask all tenured faculty to recognize the disproportionate amount of time we have devoted to research during the last twenty years and to "give back" some of that time by spending a disproportionate amount of time on pedagogic reform over the next three years. Going forward, I would reduce the amount of time and money we devote to research rather than teaching. I strongly support academic research; despite its critics, research too benefits clients and society. But there were many law professors who produced outstanding scholarship before 1980; indeed, their work still influences us. Those professors generated their scholarship with heavier teaching loads, less research support, and no computers. I think we can match those standards today -- and even retain our computers.

Update:

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Rent a Cow, Save Taxes

RentThe Atlantic: America's Dumbest Tax Loophole: The Florida Rent-a-Cow Scam, by Jordan Weissmann:

Some junk in the tax code ... isn't merely odd. During a visit to Florida this month, I became acquainted with the state's own notoriously strange loophole which ... costs untold millions of dollars every year. ...

It's known as Florida's greenbelt law. The statute is meant to preserve farmland by taxing it at special, low rate. But some of the act's biggest beneficiaries are deep-pocketed developers, who often take advantage of it by literally renting cows. ...  To qualify for the exemption, property owners are required to use their land for "bona fide" agricultural purposes. But what does "bona fide" mean? That's far from clear. Aided by lax court rulings, developers have seized on that ambiguity by leasing out their land to cattle ranchers while they prepare to build, often shaving hundreds of thousands of dollars off their tax bills. 

What does it take to qualify for the exemption? Often just a few underfed animals roaming around a mud patch. Property owners must submit a form to the government and provide evidence that they are engaged in "good-faith commercial agriculture." They don't have to generate an income from their operations. Many have been allowed to claim the exemption even after rezoning their land for non-agricultural purposes. Others have received the break after starting construction. In its unsparing, 2005 investigation of the greenbelt law, reporters from the Miami Herald visited so-called farmland where they encountered cows eating trash in grassless fields and dead animals decomposing in the dirt.... [B]eneficiaries of the law have included Walt Disney World ($1.5 million in savings), as well as U.S. Senator Bill Nelson ($43,000 in savings), who keeps about six cows on 55 acres of land near the Indian River, courtesy of a cattle ranching operation that leases the property for free. Like Nelson, some developers simply offer their land to ranchers for no charge. Others, as the Herald noted, actually pay the ranchers -- hence the loophole's nickname, "rent-a-cow." 

The total cost of these abuses isn't clear, but there are hints that it may be significant. According to a 2006 Associated Press article, the law costs Florida $950 million a year total. Some of the breaks go to legitimate commercial farms. But according to the Herald's 2005 investigation, more than two-thirds of the loophole's top 60 beneficiaries in South Florida weren't farmers. 

(Hat Tip: Ed Kleinbard.)

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Monday, April 2, 2012

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Friday, March 30, 2012

TaxProf Blog Crosses 15 Million Visitor Mark

Yesterday afternoon, TaxProf Blog crossed the 15,000,000 visitor mark.  To put that number in perspective, it is the most visitors to any law-focused blog edited by a single law professor (and 14,981,066 more than the number of downloads of my articles and 14,999,578 more than the number of citations of my articles in law reviews).

I was surprised to learn this morning that the manager of the McDonald's on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu is apparently a fan of TaxProf Blog:

Mcdonalds

Visitor number 15,000,000 came to the blog at 2:39 p.m. yesterday from Google headquarters in Mountain View, California as the result of (what else) a Google search:

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

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Monday, February 20, 2012

The 10 Best Websites for Law Students

National Jurist (0212)_Page_2I am thrilled that our Law Professor Blogs Network has been named one of The 10 Best Websites for Law Students by The National Jurist:

For law students who know what legal field they are interesyted in Law Professor Blogs is a great resource. Broken down by specialty, the blogs on the site are created by law professors, for law professors. The blogs contain links to recent news in their fields, as well as abstracts of newly published papers.

The other sites in the Top 10 are:

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Zuckerberg Tax: A Progressive Mark-to-Market System

FacebookNew York Times op-ed, The Zuckerberg Tax, by David S. Miller (Cadwalader, New York):

When Facebook goes public later this year, Mark Zuckerberg plans to exercise stock options worth $5 billion of the $28 billion that his ownership stake will be worth. The $5 billion he will receive upon exercising those options will be treated as salary, and Mr. Zuckerberg will have a tax bill of more than $2 billion, quite possibly making him the largest taxpayer in history. He is expected to sell enough stock to pay his tax.

But how much income tax will Mr. Zuckerberg pay on the rest of his stock that he won’t immediately sell? He need not pay any. Instead, he can simply use his stock as collateral to borrow against his tremendous wealth and avoid all tax. That’s what Lawrence J. Ellison, the chief executive of Oracle, did. He reportedly borrowed more than a billion dollars against his Oracle shares and bought one of the most expensive yachts in the world.

If Mr. Zuckerberg never sells his shares, he can avoid all income tax and then, on his death, pass on his shares to his heirs. When they sell them, they will be taxed only on any appreciation in value since his death. ...

Our tax system is based on the concept of “realization.” Individuals are not taxed until they actually sell property and realize their gains. But this system makes less sense for the publicly traded stocks of the superwealthy. A drastic change is necessary to fix this fundamental flaw in our tax system and finally require people like Warren E. Buffett, Mr. Ellison and others to pay at least a little income tax on their unsold shares. The fix is called mark-to-market taxation.

For individuals and married couples who earn, say, more than $2.2 million in income, or own $5.7 million or more in publicly traded securities (representing the top 0.1% of families), the appreciation in their publicly traded stock and securities would be “marked to market” and taxed annually as if they had sold their positions at year’s end, regardless of whether the securities were actually sold. The tax could be imposed at long-term capital gains rates so tax rates would stay as they were.

We could call this tax the “Zuckerberg tax.” Under it, Mr. Zuckerberg would owe an additional $3.45 billion when Facebook went public (that’s 15% of the value of the roughly $23 billion of stock he owns). He could sell some shares to pay the tax (and would be left with over $20 billion of Facebook stock after tax), or borrow to pay the tax. ...

President Obama has proposed a “Buffett rule” that would require millionaires to pay tax at a 30% effective minimum rate. Under the rule, Mr. Buffett’s taxes might have doubled to $12 million in 2010, but this would represent only a trivial amount of additional tax for him. If the Buffett rule applied in 2010, Mr. Buffett’s effective tax rate would be only about 2/100 of 1 percent on the $8 billion in appreciation of his holdings. A Zuckerberg tax would be far better: under it Mr. Buffett would have paid $1.2 billion in tax in 2010.

A mark-to-market system of taxation on the top one-tenth of 1 percent would raise hundreds of billions of dollars of new revenue over the next 10 years. The new revenue could be used to lower payroll taxes, extend the George W. Bush tax cuts, repeal the alternative minimum tax, reduce the budget deficit, prevent military cuts or a combination of all of these.

This tax would not affect the middle class, or even most wealthy Americans. Nor would it affect small-business owners. It would affect only individuals who were undeniably, extraordinarily rich. Only publicly traded stock would be marked to market. ...

The most profound effect of a mark-to-market tax would be to level the playing field between wage earners, on one hand, and founders and investors on the other. Superwealthy holders of publicly traded securities could no longer escape tax on their vast wealth.

David explains his proposal in greater detail in A Progressive System of Mark-to-Market Taxation, 121 Tax Notes 213 (Oct. 13, 2008). For reactions, see:

(Hat Tip: Deborah Schenk.)

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

TaxProf Blog and Mauled Again Named Best Law Professor Blogs of 2011

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 Legal Skills Prof Blog on the great Law Professor Blog Network, I feel I’m much closer to this category than ever before. In part, it’s my little effort to bridge the great divide between practicing lawyers and law professors.

I have repeat winners here. To me, the test of a great blog is how it keeps me returning to it time after time because of its great posts when it’s outside my subject matter. Jim and Paul both do a great both of covering the tax beat, with welcome excursions into legal education, the economic crisis and other areas. Both show how to write a blog with an academic focus and a a real world impact.

Runner-up – Eric Goldman’s Technology & Marketing Law Blog – Eric’s blawg covers my own area of work – information technology law and related and intellectual property law issues with gusto, style and excellent insights, all done in a way that keeps touch with the real world. Very helpful.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

TaxProf Blog Named Top 100 Law Blog by ABA Journal

BlawgI am thrilled that, for the fourth 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 2012 Blawg 100, selected from more than 3,500 blawgs. TaxProf Blog is one of fourteen blogs nominated in the Niche category. Here is the ABA Journal's description of TaxProf Blog:

Staying on top of developments in tax law without being bored silly is the main reason to keep the blog of the University of Cincinnati’s Paul Caron on your reading list. But Caron’s reach goes well beyond tax, as illustrated by a plea he posted about a colleague’s 13-year-old daughter in need of a kidney and a touching follow-up when an anonymous law student stepped up to donate.

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

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

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Monday, November 21, 2011

LexisNexis Top 20 Tax Law Blogs of 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

100 Most Influential People in Tax and Accounting

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

In seven years, Caron has gone from an upstart exploring social media to one of the most important sources of tax news in any format, with close to 3 million visitors in 2010.

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

  • Max Baucus (Chair, Senate Finance Committee)
  • J. Russell George (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration)
  • Dave Camp (Chair, House Ways & Means Committee)
  • Orin Hatch (Ranking Member, Senate Finance Committee)
  • President Barack Obama
  • Nina Olson (National Taxpayer Advocate, IRS)
  • Mary Schapiro (Chair, SEC)
  • Douglas Shulman (Commissioner, IRS)

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

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Monday, August 1, 2011

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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

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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.

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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)

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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.

December 28, 2009 in About This Blog, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack (1)