Paul L. Caron

Thursday, November 24, 2011

What Tax Profs Are Thankful For

  • ThanksgivingPaul Caron (Cincinnati): "I am thankful for my wonderful wife and children (and dog), terrific faculty colleagues and students at UC, Pepperdine, and USD, and special church communities in Cincinnati, Malibu, and San Diego."
  • Bridget Crawford (Pace):  "Step-up in basis and Steve Leimberg's Email Newsletter."
  • Cliff Fleming (BYU):  "I'm thankful that my wife of 47 years is making a remarkable recovery from an aggressive cancer and has a highly optimistic prognosis. Such things cause your attention to switch from global concerns to matters close to home."
  • Stephanie Hoffer (Ohio State):  "I am thankful for the birth of my son, George. He is my sunshine."
  • Mona Hymel (Arizona):  "I am thankful for a healthy family and a life filled with wonderful friends and colleagues."
  • Sagit Leviner (SUNY-Buffalo):  "I am thankful for the life I lead, the people who touch my heart, those who inspire me to be a better person and the ones who illustrate what to steer away from. I am thankful for the mistakes I am making and my many flaws."
  • Jim Maule (Villanova):  [see here]
  • Claudine Pease-Wingenter (Phoenix):  "I am thankful for a job where I get to work with idealistic students who are passionate about using the law to improve people's lives. I am also thankful for a job where I essentially get paid to explore policy issues important to me. I am deeply grateful for recently celebrating my 15th wedding anniversary with the most wonderful husband around."
  • John Plecnik (Cleveland State):  "I am thankful for my old tax profs, including Richard Schmalbeck, Walter Nunnallee, Mitchell Gans, Brookes Billman, and Leo Schmolka. I am thankful for my new colleagues at Cleveland State, including Debby Geier and Craig Boise. And I am thankful for my BMW F 650 GS."
  • Randle Pollard (Widener):  "I am thankful for all those in the academia who have helped me with my career as a tax law professor. I am also thankful for teaching in an area as complex, controversial and policy driven as tax."

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C'mon. What you're really thankful for is a U.S. tax code so complex that the average citizen has to hire a tax professional to figure it out, and professors can make a career out of explaining it to the tax professionals. You're all very smart people. In a better world you would be doing something far more productive.

Posted by: Locomotive Breath | Nov 24, 2011 6:41:15 AM

Ditto, LB.

Posted by: teapartydoc | Nov 24, 2011 7:48:57 AM

"In a better world you would be doing something productive.".


Posted by: twolaneflash | Nov 24, 2011 8:37:58 AM

I'm thankful for this blog.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by: SlimJim | Nov 24, 2011 8:46:47 AM

Silly me. I thought they were thankful for the the God awful complexity of the tax code that keeps tax layers, tax professors and accountants, economists and bureaucrats employed.

Posted by: cubanbob | Nov 24, 2011 9:43:56 AM

That, and federally subsidized and guaranteed student loans.

Posted by: anon | Nov 24, 2011 12:30:43 PM