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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It's Bigger Than Bitcoins: The Matrix Is Here

ABA Tax Section meetings are fun!  Last week I attended a fascinating panel presentation at the Austin meeting titled "Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain and the Tax System."  The panel was moderated by Stow Lovejoy, of Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP and included Amanda Wilkie, CIO of Withum Smith & Brown; Tony Tuths, of KMPG in Short Hills; and Lisa Zarlenga, of Steptoe & Johnson.

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September 20, 2017 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Miscellaneous, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ABA Tax Section Reduces Support For Tax Profs

ABA Tax Section (2017)I was sad to learn that at the Austin meeting the ABA Tax Section Council voted to significantly reduce the academic speaker and academic leadership reimbursement policy, retaining it only for academics who meet the Tax Section's definition of "young lawyer" (under 40 or less than 5 years in practice). I believe this is a penny-wise, pound-foolish policy change and can serve only to damage the historically salutary close ties between tax practitioners and tax academics. I think my personal involvement with the ABA Tax Section would likely be much less had those reimbursements not been available to me. I explain more below the fold.

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September 19, 2017 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Profs | Permalink | Comments (6)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Should The United States Have A National Investment Authority?

On Tuesday, Boston College Law School welcomed Professor Saule Omarova (Cornell) as the first presenter in our inaugural Regulation and Markets Workshop Series. The paper (with Robert Hockett, also of Cornell) is entitled “Private Wealth and Public Goods: A Case for a National Investment Authority.” It’s available on SSRN.

In brief, the paper makes a two pronged contribution: First, a policy proposal for the creation of a National Investment Authority (NIA), a hybrid, public-private entity that directs private financial capital to fund long-term infrastructure and development projects; and second, a theoretical re-envisioning of what public goods are and how to provide them.

What is quite interesting from a tax and public finance perspective is that the NIA proposal aims to fill an institutional gap between the classic Treasury function and that of the central bank (the Fed). As Omarova and Hockett characterize it, the standard response to the public goods problem is to have Treasury, as the fiscal authority, collect tax payments (or borrow) and use the proceeds to finance public goods. However, they argue that political budget fights have rendered Treasury unable to advance large-scale and long-term public infrastructure investments. While the Fed has partially attempted to fill the gap and to encourage infrastructure investment using monetary policy tools, these tools are insufficient. As a result of the policy gap between the Treasury and Fed mandates, economic growth and development suffer.

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September 16, 2017 in Colloquia, Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

ABA Tax Section Fall CLE Meeting

CLE 2The ABA Tax Section concludes its three-day joint Fall CLE meeting with the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section today in Austin, TX.  The full program is here.  Today's highlight is the keynote luncheqon address by  Michael J. Graetz (Columbia). Other Tax Profs with speaking roles include:

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September 16, 2017 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, September 15, 2017

ABA Tax Section Fall CLE Meeting

CLE 2The ABA Tax Section continues its three-day joint Fall CLE meeting with the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section today in Austin, TX.  The full program is here.  Today's highlight is the Teaching Taxation program on Best Practices in Drafting and Interpreting IRS Guidance:

Tax regulators communicate with taxpayers and their advisors through various means including regulations, notices, rulings, publications, and the IRS website. Not surprisingly, taxpayers and their advisors parse these communications in order to understand the applicable law and conduct their affairs accordingly. This panel will critically analyze two high profile modes of communication: examples in Treasury regulations and IRS public pronouncements. One key question taxpayers and their advisors face is how regulation examples should be interpreted, and how new legal content in examples should be reconciled with the broader regulatory and statutory scheme. Another major debate regarding IRS guidance concerns the trend and pressure for the IRS to use plain language in written communications with the public. Although “plain language” sounds compelling, there are downsides to this drafting approach. Panelists will discuss the benefits and risks associated with plain language explanations of tax law in these communications.

  • Terri Helge (Texas A&M) (moderator)
  • Joshua Blank (NYU)
  • Nina E. Olson (National Taxpayer Advocate)
  • Susan Morse (Texas)
  • Kerry Ryan (St. Louis)
  • Eric Solomon (EY, Washington, D.C.)

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

ABA Tax Section Fall CLE Meeting

CLE 2The ABA Tax Section kicks off its three-day joint Fall CLE meeting with the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section today in Austin, TX.  The full program is here.  Tax Profs with speaking roles include:

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Brookings Symposium On Business Tax Reform

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Tax Prof Panel On A U.S. Perspective On Tax Compliance And Tax Privacy At Cambridge

CambridgeWilliam Byrnes (Texas A&M), Michael Hatfield (University of Washington), Leandra Lederman (Indiana-Bloomington), and Adam Thimmesch (Nebraska) participated in a panel on Tax Compliance and Tax Privacy: A U.S. Perspective at the 35th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime yesterday at the University of Cambridge:

This panel of US tax academics explored cutting edge issues in tax compliance, information reporting, and tax privacy. The topics include recent developments in the behavioral economics and psychology of tax compliance, and the rapidly evolving use of technology and big data in tax enforcement and its impact on the privacy of taxpayers

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September 7, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Tax Panel At Today's SEALS 2017 Annual Conference

SEALs Logo (2013)Tax panel at today's concluding session of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2017 Annual Conference in Boca Raton (program):

Tax Policy
This discussion group is broadly concerned with issues of taxation. Discussants address individual income tax, corporate income tax, state & local tax, estate & gift tax, tax expenditure policy, international tax and entitlements. While these disparate themes might seem only loosely related, a common thread of the difficulties of balancing equity, simplicity, incentives and transparency runs through all of them. These scholars will grapple with the central tax topics of the day and address the looming concerns that must be dealt with by all levels of government.

  • Jennifer Bird-Pollan (Kentucky) (moderator)
  • Alice Abreu (Temple)
  • Arthur Acevedo (John Marshall)
  • Neil Buchanan (George Washington)
  • Terri Lynn Helge (Texas A&M)
  • Gary Lucas (Texas A&M)
  • Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)
  • Gregg Polsky (Georgia)
  • Diane Ring (Boston College)
  • Elaine Waterhouse Wilson (West Virginia)
  • Richard Winchester (Thomas Jefferson)

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August 6, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Tax Panels At Today's SEALS 2017 Annual Conference

SEALs Logo (2013)Tax panels at today's Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2017 Annual Conference in Boca Raton (program):

Issues in Corporate and International Taxation
Panelists explore the corporate and international tax rules, with particular attention to enforcement and implementation. The papers cover the consequences of failed start-ups, worldwide taxation and competitiveness, private equity fee waivers, the classification of business entities for tax purposes, and general issues of tax compliance. The papers address both theoretical and practical consequences of these various matters.

  • Francine Lipman (UNLV) (moderator)
  • Cliff Fleming (BYU)
  • Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)
  • Gregg Polsky (Georgia)
  • Richard Winchester (Thomas Jefferson)

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August 4, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tax Presentations At Today's Big 10 Junior Scholars Conference At Indiana

Big 102017 Big 10 Junior Scholars Conference:

  • Hayes Holderness (Richmond; former Illinois VAP), Strategic Non-Enforcement
  • James Puckett (Penn State), Tax Exceptionalist Rulemaking

August 3, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Netanya Hosts 4th International Roundtable Today On Taxation And Tax Policy

Monday, July 10, 2017

Call for Papers: University of North Carolina Tax Symposium

North Carolina Tax SymposiumThe University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler School of Business has issued a call for papers for its Twenty-First Annual Tax Symposium to be held April 21-22, 2018. The symposium "is designed to bring together leading tax scholars from economics, accounting, finance, law, political science, and related fields." The deadline for the call for papers is December 15, 2017:

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July 10, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Manhire Presents The Action Principle In Market Mechanics Today At University Of Warsaw

Manhire (2017)Tax Prof Jack Manhire (Texas A&M) presents his theory of market mechanics to physicists, economists, and mathematicians today at the 13th Econophysics Colloquium at the University of Warsaw:

This paper explores the possibility that asset prices, especially those traded in large volume on public exchanges, might comply with specific physical laws of motion and probability. The paper first examines the basic dynamics of price displacements in financial markets and finds one can model this dynamic as a harmonic oscillator at local “slices” of elapsed time via a homogeneous coordinate system. Based on this finding, the paper theorizes that price displacements are constrained, meaning they have extreme values beyond which they cannot go for defined periods.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Oxford 11th Annual Academic Tax Symposium

OxfordThe 11th Annual Academic Tax Symposium concludes today at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation.  Daniel Shaviro (NYU) is the chair of today's session, which includes a number of interesting papers, including:

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June 28, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Oxford 11th Annual Academic Tax Symposium

OxfordThe 11th Annual Academic Tax Symposium continues today at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation with these presentations by U.S. Tax Profs:

Rosanne Altshuler (Rutgers), Shifting the Burden of Taxation from the Corporate to the Personal Level and Getting the Corporate Tax Rate Down to 15 Percent, 69 Nat'l Tax J. 643 (2016) (with Harry Grubert, U.S. Treasury Department)
Discussant:  Edward Kleinbard (USC)

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June 27, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Oxford 11th Annual Academic Tax Symposium

OxfordThe 11th Annual Academic Tax Symposium kicks off today at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation with these presentations by U.S. Tax Profs:

John Brooks (Georgetown), The Definitions of Income, 71 Tax L. Rev. ___ (2017)
Discussant:  Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Today's Law, Society & Taxation Panel

L&SToday's Law, Society, and Taxation panel at the 2017 Law & Society Association Annual Meeting in Mexico City (program here):

Tax Administration and Tax Compliance (David Elkins (Netanya), Chair/Discussant)

  • Richard Beck (New York Law School), Foreign Information Reporting Initiatives
  • Andy Grewal (Iowa), Some Reservations About Treasury's Reserved Powers
  • Ausher Kofsky (Western New England), Congress Should Empower the U.S. Tax Court with Concurrent Jurisdiction Over the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty of 26 U.S.C. § 6672
  • Shu-Yi Oei (Tulane), The Law of the Leak

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Today's Law, Society & Taxation Panels

L&SToday's Law, Society, and Taxation panels at the 2017 Law & Society Association Annual Meeting in Mexico City (program here):

Economic Justice and Taxation of Wealth (Lisa Philipps (Osgoode Hall), Chair/Discussant)

  • Jennifer Bird-Pollan (Kentucky), Comparative Wealth Transfer Taxation
  • Neil Buchanan (George Washington), Economic Justice and Taxation
  • Montano Cabezas (Georgetown), Migration and Taxation in the Public Imagination
  • Ari Glogower (Ohio State), Progressive Taxation of Income and Wealth

International Aspects of Taxation (Heather Field (UC-Hastings, Chair/Discussant)

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June 22, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Today's Law, Society & Taxation Panels

L&SToday's Law, Society, and Taxation panels at the 2017 Law & Society Association Annual Meeting in Mexico City (program here):

Critical Tax Theory (Jennifer Bird-Pollan (Kentucky), Chair/Discussant)

  • Leo Martinez (UC-Hastings), U.S. Taxation and Latinos
  • Kerry Ryan (Saint Louis), Hitting Pause on Expanding the Childless Worker EITC
  • Camille Walsh (University of Washington), Taxpayers, Schools, and Race in the Early 20th Century: Separate and Double Taxation

Law & Society Tax Scholarship, Illustrative Examples (Neil Buchanan (George Washington), Chair/Discussant)

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June 21, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

12th Annual Junior Tax Scholars Workshop Concludes Today At Toronto

TorontoPanel #5:  Inequality

Daniel Hemel (Chicago), Gambling for Good
Commentators: Rebecca Morrow (Wake Forest), Erin Scharff (Arizona State)

Zach Liscow (Yale), How to Structure Transfers to Low-Income Americans
Commentators:  Andrew Hayashi (Virginia), Emily Satterthwaite (Toronto)

Goldburn Maynard (Lousiville), The Cold of Tax Justice
Commentators:  Allen Madison (South Dakota), Gabriel Shobe (BYU)

Orly Mazur (SMU), Taxing the Robot
Commentators:  Tessa Davis (South Carolina), Ari Glogower (Ohio State)

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June 17, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 16, 2017

12th Annual Junior Tax Scholars Workshop Kicks Off Today At Toronto

TorontoPanel #1:  The Family Unit

Christine Allie (Widener), Negating the Cost of “I Do”: Ending the U.S. Tax Code’s Family Penalty Through Permissive Joint Filing
Commentators:  Kathleen Delaney-Thomas (North Carolina), Sloan Speck (Colorado), 

Tessa Davis (South Carolina), Freezing the Future: Fertility, Choice, and Taxing State of the Art Reproductive Technologies
Commentators:  Pippa Browde (Montana), Erin Scharff (Arizona State)

Khrista Johnson (Pepperdine), The Offshore Whistle During Divorce: An Examination of the Whistleblower Program and Innocent Spouse Relief
Commentators:  Gabriel Schobe (BYU), Genevieve Tokić (Northern Illinois)

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Temple Symposium:  The Saga Of Unfulfilled Business Income Tax Reform

TempleSymposium, The Saga of Unfulfilled Business Income Tax Reform,  89 Temp. L. Rev. 267-363 (2017):

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Caron Presents Faculty Scholarship Assessment: A (Very) New Dean's Perspective Today At Texas A&M

CaronPaul L. Caron (Dean, Pepperdine) presents Faculty Scholarship Assessment: A (Very) New Dean's Perspective at Texas A&M today as part of its Conference for Associate Deans:

I describe how existing measures of faculty scholarly output (publications) and influence (law review citations, Google Scholar citations (H-Index and M-Index), and SSRN downloads) can be used to (1) compare a law school faculty's scholarly productivity to its peers and to assess individual faculty contributions in these areas; and (2) value scholarly productivity of both junior and senior faculty.  I then offer some thoughts on what these existing ranking metrics leave out in quantifying faculty contributions to law school success, especially at faith-based schools.

My co-panelists are:

  • John August (Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost, Texas A&M)
  • Gary Lucas (Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Assessment, Strategic Analysis, and Reporting, Texas A&M)
  • Gregory Sisk (Laghi Distinguished Chair in Law, University of St. Thomas (Minnesota))

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June 2, 2017 in Conferences, Law School Rankings, Legal Education, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

AALS Call For Papers: The Use Of Nonprofit Organizations In Political Campaigns

AALS (2019)The AALS Section on Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law, in co-sponsorship with the Section on Election Law, has issued a Call for Papers on The Use of Nonprofit Organizations in Political Campaigns for the Section’s program at the January 2018 AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego:

By the end of 2016, the nonprofit sector was on the verge of becoming politicized. In that year alone, Donald Trump vowed to destroy the “Johnson Amendment,” a rule of tax law that prohibits charities and all other 501(c)(3) organizations (including churches) from political campaign intervention; the IRS determined that Karl Rove’s nonprofit organization “Crossroads GPS” was a valid “social welfare” organization under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code; IRS Commissioner John Koskinen faced impeachment threats in the House of Representatives in the continuing aftermath of the IRS tea party targeting controversy of 2013; and federal courts in New York and California weighed in on the constitutionality of requiring the disclosure of nonprofit donors. All of these events relate to a growing pressure on the nonprofit form to be used for political purposes.

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May 31, 2017 in Conferences, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

3rd Annual Mid-Career Tax Professors Workshop Concludes Today At Arkansas

Arkansas Fayetteville LogoPanel #6

Susan Morse (Texas), Skewed Deference
Commentator:  Charlene Luke (Florida)

Jordan Barry (San Diego), Taxation and Innovation: The Sharing Economy as a Case Study
Commentator:  Shu-Yi Oei (Tulane)

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May 23, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 22, 2017

3rd Annual Mid-Career Tax Professors Workshop Kicks Off Today At Arkansas

Arkansas Fayetteville LogoPanel #1

Jennifer Bird-Pollan (Kentucky), Sovereignty, Tax, and BITs
Commentator: David Herzig (Valparaiso)

John Brooks (Georgetown), Income Tax as Wealth Tax
Commentator:  Rebecca Kysar (Brooklyn)

Emily Cauble (DePaul), Tax Law’s Inconsistent Treatment of Gains and Losses
Commentator:  Heather Field (UC-Hastings)

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Houston Hosts Third Annual Texas Tax Faculty Workshop

Houston (2017)The University of Houston Law Center hosts the Third Annual Tax Faculty Workshop today:

Bryan Camp (Texas Tech), Application of Equitable Principles to Jurisdictional Time Periods
Commentator: Terri Helge (Texas A&M)

Calvin Johnson (Texas), Beckemeyer and the Tax Benefit Rule
Commentator: Johnny Buckles (Houston)

Susan Morse (Texas), The Dark Side of Safe Harbors?
Commentator: Bruce McGovern (South Texas)

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

NTA 47th Annual Spring Symposium On Taxation In The Trump Era

NTA

The NTA 47th Annual Spring Sympoisum on Taxation in the Trump Era: Reforms, Revenues and Repercussions kicks off today in Washington, D.C.  Tax Prof speakers include:

Exploring the Destination-Based Cash Flow Tax

Organizer: Itai Grinberg, Georgetown University Law Center
Moderator: Lily Faulhaber, Georgetown University Law Center

Destination-Based Cash Flow Taxation
Alan Auerbach, University of California, Berkeley, Michael P. Devereux, Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, Michael Keen, International Monetary Fund, and John Vella, Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation

Problems with Destination-Based Corporate Taxes and the Ryan Blueprint
Kimberly Clausing, Reed College and Reuven Avi-Yonah, University of Michigan Law School

Can a Destination-Based Cash Flow Tax be Compatible with the WTO Commitments of the United States?
Itai Grinberg, Georgetown University Law Center

Is the Destination-Based Cash Flow Tax Easily Gamed?
John Vella, Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation

Using the Tax Code to Support Families: Past, Current and Future Policy

 

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tax Presentations At The Mid-Atlantic Junior Faculty Forum

MAJFFMid-Atlantic Junior Faculty Forum:

  • Jonathan Grossberg (American), A Proposal for a Residency Dividend
  • Hayes Holderness (Richmond), Questioning Quill
  • James Puckett (Penn State), Temporary Treasury Regulations: A Tax Exceptionalist Perspective

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Accreditation Battle Over Canada's First Christian Law School: Does Religious Freedom To Ban Student Sex Outside Of Heterosexual Marriage Trump LGBTQ Rights?

Trinity WesternFollowing up on my coverage of the accreditation battle over what would be Canada's first Christian law school (links below):

John Boersma (Ph.D. Candidate, LSU), The Accreditation of Religious Law Schools in Canada and the United States, 2016 BYU L. Rev. 1081:

Ongoing litigation in Canada suggests that the legal status of religiously affiliated law schools could be in jeopardy. In Canada, regulatory authorities have sought to deny accreditation status to a religiously affiliated law school (Trinity Western University) due to its commitment to a traditional Christian understanding of marriage. According to Canadian provincial authorities, this commitment has a discriminatory effect on LGBT students. Similar events could potentially occur in the United States. It is possible that American regulatory bodies could seek either to rescind or withhold accreditation from a religiously affiliated law school because of the discriminatory effects of its policies.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Roberts Presents Environmental Opportunities In Tax Reform At Columbia

RobertsTracey M. Roberts (Cumberland) presented Environmental Opportunities in Comprehensive Tax Reform at Columbia yesterday as part of its Fourth Annual Sabin Colloquium on Innovative Environmental Scholarship:

In addition to the many anticipated benefits associated with recent proposals for tax reform such as improved administration, increased saving, and higher growth, there may be one more: environmental protection. This article examines a recent proposal for corporate tax reform, identifies potential environmental benefits associated with that reform and discusses ways that the tax regime may be modified to further environmental goals. The article makes two contributions.

First, the article identifies the environmental benefits of tax reform in and of itself — the elimination of existing subsidies to the fossil fuel industry and other tax expenditures that support electricity generation, transportation, and housing development patterns that have significant adverse environmental impacts.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

BYU International Tax Symposium

BYU (2016)Symposium, Important Issues in International Tax Law and Policy, 2016 BYU L. Rev. 1603-1965:

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Papers From The 2016 IRS-TPC Research Conference On Tax Administration

TPCIRSThe IRS has released the papers from the 2016 IRS-TPC Joint Research Conference: on Tax Administration (program, abstracts, research bulletin):

Foreword

1. Interventions: Influencing Taxpayer Compliance

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May 2, 2017 in Conferences, IRS News, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Call For Papers: NTA 110th Annual Conference On Taxation

National Tax Association (2016)The National Tax Association has issued a Call for Papers for its 110th Annual Conference on Taxation to be held Nov. 9-11, 2017 in Philadelphia:

The 110th Annual Conference on Taxation will cover a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, taxation and tax policies; expenditure policies; government budgeting; intergovernmental fiscal relations; and subnational, national, and international public finance. The conference will focus, as always, on policy-relevant research bearing on taxation and government spending.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Lederman Presents Does Enforcement Crowd Out Voluntary Tax Compliance? At Indiana

LedermanLeandra Lederman (Indiana-Bloomington) presented To What Extent Does Enforcement Crowd Out Voluntary Tax Compliance? yesterday at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Conference on Applied Research in Public Finance

Tax collectors generally use enforcement methods, such as audits and the imposition of penalties, to deter noncompliance with tax laws. Although this approach is consistent with most economic modeling of tax compliance, some scholars caution that enforcement may backfire, “crowding out” taxpayers’ intrinsic motivations to pay taxes to such an extent that they reduce their tax payments. This article analyzes the existing evidence to determine if and when this occurs. Field studies suggest that enforcement tools, such as audits, are effective deterrents, generally greatly increasing tax collections.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

UC-Hastings Hosts Northern California Tax Roundtable

NorCalUC-Hastings hosts the Spring 2017 Northern California Tax Roundtable today with these papers:

Joseph Bankman (Stanford), Collecting the Rent: The Global Battle to Capture MNE Profits (with Mitchell Kane (NYU) & Alan Sykes (Stanford))
Commentator: Manoj Viswanathan (UC Hastings)

Mark Gergen (UC-Berkeley), How to Tax Global Capital
Commentator:  Annette Nellan (San Jose State)

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Columbia Symposium:  The House GOP Better Way To Tax Reform

Better WaySymposium, The Better Way Plan, 8 Colum. J. Tax L. 113-308 (2017):

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Pepperdine Law Review Symposium:  The Supreme Court, Politics And Reform

Symposium

The United States Supreme Court has long been criticized for injecting politics into its decision-making instead of adhering to the rule of law. Yet the recent events surrounding President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Court, and the successful gamble of the Senate Republicans to refuse to hold confirmation hearings in hopes that the presidential election would allow their party to fill the seat, has cast this criticism into even starker relief.

But has the confirmation process become so dysfunctional and contentious because the Court itself has become unduly political? Or has the Court become unduly political because of external political pressures? Or has the Court remained faithful to the rule of law while political tempests attempt to threaten its independence as an institution of laws? And if for whatever reason the Court has become unduly political, what reforms can best address this problem? At this symposium, renowned legal scholars, and past and present judges, will explore these questions which remain critical to maintaining a proper separation of powers in our constitutional system.

We hope you can join us for this important and exciting debate that will feature lead presenters Akhil Amar (Yale), Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, UC-Irvine), Michael McConnell (Stanford), Richard Posner (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit), and Mark Tushnet (Harvard). A LiveStream of the symposium is available here.

Opening Address (8:45 a.m. PST):  Michael McConnell (Stanford)

Presentation (9:45 a.m.):  Hon. Richard Posner (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit)
Respondents:  Jennifer Chacon (UC-Irvine), Deanell Tacha (Dean, Pepperdine)

Presentation (11:00 a.m.):  Mark Tushnet (Harvard)
Respondents:  Paul Finkelman (Pittsburgh), Robert Pushaw (Pepperdine)

Luncheon Address: (12:00 p.m.):  Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, UC-Irvine)

Presentation  (1:45 p.m.):  Akhil Amar (Yale)
Respondents:  Rebecca Brown (USC), Douglas Kmiec (Pepperdine)

Break-Out Sessions (3:45 p.m.):

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April 8, 2017 in Conferences, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Mann Presents Using Tax Law To Control Obesity Today At Lewis & Clark

Lewis & ClarkRoberta Mann (Oregon) presents Controlling the Environmental Costs of Obesity today at the symposium on 21st Century Food Law: What's On Our Plates? at Lewis & Clark:

Obesity is increasingly viewed as a major health problem across the world. Obesity presents both external and internal costs. Obesity alone may be responsible for some $2 trillion in medical costs and lost productivity, representing significant external costs. Internal costs occur because people make eating and drinking choices without being aware of the eventual damage to their health. Obesity also carries environmental costs. Consumption of certain energy dense foods made from corn and soy (including meat) increases soil erosion and water pollution from fertilizer use. Governmental policy encourages the production of such crops. Being overweight decreases physical activity and personal mobility, leading to increased use of motor vehicles. Environmental factors such as sprawl and transportation policy affect obesity rates. When people cannot walk or take public transportation to work, they spend more time in their cars. They have less time to exercise and prepare healthy meals. Hence, both obesity’s effect on the environment and the environment’s effect on obesity lead to increased carbon emissions and exacerbate climate change. Taxes can potentially control both the external and internal costs of obesity.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

20th Annual Critical Tax Theory Conference At St. Louis

St. Louis (2016)St. Louis hosts the 20th Annual Critical Tax Theory Conference today:

Critical tax scholarship aims at looking beyond the language of the Code and regulations to examine what the tax law actually does. It has roots in critical legal studies generally, and therefore Critical tax scholars frequently ask why the tax laws are the way they are and what impact tax laws have on historically disempowered groups, such as people of color; women; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals; low-income and poor individuals; the disabled; and nontraditional families. But Critical tax scholarship is not limited either to those topics or to any particular methodology.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

St. Louis Hosts Conference Today On Taxation And Migration

St. LouisSt. Louis hosts a conference today on Critical Issues in Comparative and International Taxation: Taxation and Migration:

As ever growing numbers of individuals seek economic and political refuge in Europe and North America, and as increasing numbers of individuals and businesses seek refuge from the tax burdens of their home jurisdictions in lower tax jurisdictions, the resulting immigration and emigration strain the national economies of affected countries causing them to modify their taxation rules and structures. This conference explores the effects of taxation on migration and the effects of migration on taxation.

Panel #1:  Migrant Tax Plight, Human Rights, and Hidden Wealth

Panel #2:  Combatting Expatriation

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March 31, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Call For Papers: NTA 110th Annual Conference On Taxation

National Tax Association (2016)The National Tax Association has issued a Call for Papers for its 110th Annual Conference on Taxation to be held Nov. 9-11, 2017 in Philadelphia:

The 110th Annual Conference on Taxation will cover a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, taxation and tax policies; expenditure policies; government budgeting; intergovernmental fiscal relations; and subnational, national, and international public finance. The conference will focus, as always, on policy-relevant research bearing on taxation and government spending.

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March 31, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

AALS Call For Papers:  The Challenges And Opportunities Of Exotic Hybrids

AALS (2018)The AALS Section on Agency, Partnership, LLCs and Unincorporated Association, in conjunction with the AALS Sections on Taxation, Securities, and Business Associations, have issued a Call for Papers for a program on The Challenges and Opportunities of Exotic Hybrids—Series LLCs, Up-C’s and Master Limited Partnerships at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego:

Business entity structures continue to evolve as legal innovations mature into recognized business association forms. For example, variants on LLC and limited partnership forms can be used to maximize asset protection, leverage tax advantages, access capital markets, and achieve other business objectives. The program will introduce attendees to several “exotic” hybrid structures and discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with each. The program will be informative — inviting subject matter experts to educate audience members — and exploratory, critically examining the tax, governance, private ordering, securities, and policy implications of new entity structuring tools.

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March 29, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Brooklyn Symposium:  Reconsidering The Tax Treaty

Brooklyn Logo (2016)Symposium, Reconsidering the Tax Treaty, 41 Brook. J. Int'l L. 967-1301 (2016):

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March 28, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Tulane Hosts 7th Annual Tax Roundtable

Tulane (2015)7th Annual Tulane Tax Roundtable:

Lily Batchelder (NYU)
Accounting for Behavioral Considerations in Business Tax Reform: The Case of Expensing
Discussant:  Steve Sheffrin (Tulane)

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)
The Federalist Safeguards of Progressive Taxation
Discussant:  Lily Faulhaber (Georgetown)

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March 24, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Second International Conference On Taxpayer Rights Kicks Off Today In Vienna

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Columbia Hosts Program Tonight On Tax Reform Under The Trump Administration

Columbia LogoColumbia's Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy hosts a program tonight on Tax Reform Under The Trump Administration:

U.S tax reform for corporations and individuals has been discussed for years. Now we have a unified political environment in both the Executive and Legislative branches of government. What are the proposals we can expect from them? What will be the impact? Comments have already been made about a border adjustable tax on imports. How will that work? What will be the likely impact on trade? What changes will impact individuals? Will taxes really be cut for the middle class? Will income inequality get better or worse because of this?

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February 28, 2017 in Conferences, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Call For Proposals: Association For Mid-Career Tax Law Professors (March 1 Deadline)

The Association for Mid-Career Tax Law Professors (“AMT”) has issued a Call for Proposals:

MCThe AMT organizing committee — Jennifer Bird-Pollan (Kentucky), Miranda Fleischer (San Diego), Will Foster (Arkansas), Brian Galle (Georgetown), and Susie Morse (Texas) — welcomes proposals for our annual conference.

AMT is a recurring conference intended to bring together relatively recently-tenured professors of tax law for frank and free-wheeling scholarly discussion. Our third annual meeting will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 22 and 23, 2017, on the campus of the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We’ll begin early on Monday and adjourn by noon on Tuesday.

2015 Conference at Ohio State (Day 1, Day 2)
2016 Conference at UC-Davis (Day 1, Day 2)

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February 27, 2017 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Call For Business Tax Papers:  Oxford University Symposium

OxfordThe Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation has issued a call for papers for its annual symposium:

The 11th Annual Academic Symposium will take place between 26 and 28 June 2017.  A call for papers will be issued in due course. The symposium will be held at Saïd Business School, Park End Street, Oxford.

The call for papers is now live. If you wish to make a submission the deadline is Monday 27 February 2017. Papers will be selected, and invitations extended, by Monday 27 March 2017.

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