Paul L. Caron

Monday, August 1, 2016

Changes To TaxProf Blog

Over the past two weeks, I have received several emails like the following:

Thank you so much for your TaxProf blog. I've been a reader for at least a dozen years. Your blog has the most informative tax information available.

The last two weeks, however, you've interrupted my long-time late Friday night routine! You see, with the cares of my week behind me, and with at least one day of respite ahead of me, each Friday I look forward to reading your blog's four weekly "roundups." To my dismay, though, today is the second Friday in a row that no roundup has appeared. And no explanation has been given for the absence of this rewarding end-of-week treat.

Could you please tell your readers what's happened to the weekly roundups. I'm sure many more individuals are wondering where they've gone. Without the roundups, I question whether it is truly Friday!

Due to my growing other commitments, I have taken steps to reduce the amount of time I devote to TaxProf Blog.  Two weeks ago, I stopped doing the weekly tax, legal education, SSRN, and student tax note roundups.  They take a lot of time to prepare, and although some folks found them useful, they generated comparatively little traffic.  (If anyone would like to take over one or more of the weekly roundups as a service to the tax and legal education communities, please let me know.)  I also restructured the management of TaxProf Blog and the Law Professor Blogs Network to reduce my administrative responsibilities.  Over the next several months, I will roll out additional changes to TaxProf Blog.

Since the launch of TaxProf Blog over twelve years ago, I have made nearly 35,000 posts, which have attracted over 50,000 comments.  The readership of this blog has continued to expand beyond my wildest dreams, with 2016 traffic clocking in at over 1.5 million page views per month.  My fervent hope is that the changes to TaxProf will not detract from your enjoyment of the blog and that you will continue to visit daily to read about the latest tax and legal education news.

Update:  For those readers looking for a roundup of news from tax blogs, check out Joe Kristan's daily post.

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Paul, what you've built over the past twelve years has been a mainstay for me and innumerable others. You have our appreciation.

While sadly I'm not the right person (I wish I were), I hope that your above words will inspire some other person to carry on your tradition on the four "roundup" pages each Friday.

All the best,


Posted by: Jeff Kadet | Aug 2, 2016 1:09:25 AM

Thank you for your dedication.

Posted by: Tom N. | Aug 1, 2016 2:55:57 PM

I am an economist and the only blog which I can claim to read regularly is yours. And judging by my interactions with friends and colleagues over the years (and the comments that I see left behind), I know that there are quite a few other economists who are also regular readers of yours. Besides reading pleasure, this blog has proved useful to me too; I can recall an instance from my early grad school days when I saw an announcement for a workshop on the History and Politics of Public Finance on this blog. It was a workshop I applied for and subsequently attended.
Many thanks for putting this blog out there. I greatly appreciate it.

Posted by: Sutirtha Bagchi | Aug 1, 2016 12:55:23 PM

Paul - Many thanks for your outstanding work. TaxProf is AWESOME!

Posted by: Tu Phat | Aug 1, 2016 12:09:42 PM

Your blog is awesome, and I'm confident that your changes will not make it less so.

Posted by: Allen Madison | Aug 1, 2016 6:43:40 AM

Your efforts on the blog are greatly appreciated!
Thank you for putting the time in.

Posted by: Old Ruster from JD Junkyard | Aug 1, 2016 6:09:03 AM