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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Thuronyi: The Internal Revenue Code Should Be Be Redrafted

Victor Thuronyi (Former Lead Tax Counsel, IMF), Should the IRC Be Redrafted?, 171 Tax Notes Fed. 1429 (May 31, 2021):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)Major tax changes are again being contemplated by Congress. In this context, is it possible to make the IRC easier to read and understand? While the tax code is notoriously complex, is this complexity the result of rules that are too complex or a style that is too impenetrable? As I explain below, the vast bulk of the problem is the complexity of the rules. Simplifying those rules should be a priority. That said, the drafting of the IRC can also be improved.

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June 15, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Mason: State Aid Enforcement After Amazon

Ruth Mason (Virginia; Google Scholar), State Aid Enforcement After Amazon, 171 Tax Notes Fed. 1395 (May 31, 2021):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)This article provides a detailed summary of the General Court of the European Union’s judgment in Amazon and analyzes what it means for the future of state aid.

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June 8, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Liability Insurance: A Reply to Professor Utz

Jeffrey H. Kahn (Florida State), Liability Insurance: A Reply to Professor Utz, 171 Tax Notes Fed. 473 (Apr. 19, 2021):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)In this article, I continue my debate with Professor Stephen Utz over the tax treatment of liability insurance, arguing that there are policy justifications for the current tax treatment of liability insurance payments. ... I previously published an article arguing that insurance proceeds payable under a policy insuring a specified tax treatment (tax insurance) are excluded from gross income [Hedging the IRS — A Policy Justification for Excluding Liability and Insurance Proceeds, 26 Yale J. Reg. 1 (2009)]. That piece led to an interesting back and forth between myself (Justifying the Exclusion of Insurance, 125 Tax Notes 1216 (Dec. 14, 2009); The Tax Treatment of Liability Insurance Coverage, 163 Tax Notes 1381 (May 27, 2019)) and Professor Utz (Designating the Tax Treatment of Litigation-Related Costs, 21 Fla. Tax Rev. 533 (2018); How Insurance Recoveries Are Taxed Under the IRC, 169 Tax Notes Fed. 941 (Nov. 9, 2020)) on the tax treatment of liability insurance proceeds.

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June 8, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Monday, June 7, 2021

Johnson: A Fair Income Tax On The Trillion-Dollar Behemoths (Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, And Google)

Calvin H. Johnson (Texas), A Fair Income Tax on the Trillion-Dollar Behemoths (Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, And Google), 171 Tax Notes Fed. 1199 (May 24, 2021):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)Johnson argues that $6 trillion can be raised by requiring Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google to capitalize intangible investments that have value beyond the end of the tax year and by reversing into income the companies' prior deductions that are inconsistent with that value.

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June 7, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Aprill: A Tax Lesson For Education Law

Ellen P. Aprill (Loyola-L.A.), A Tax Lesson for Education Law, 171 Tax Notes Fed. 1065 (May 17, 2021):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)In this article, Aprill examines a recent Government Accountability Office report on the role of the Department of Education and the IRS in regulating conversions of for-profit colleges to tax-exempt nonprofit colleges [GAO, IRS and Education Could Better Address Risks Associated With Some For-Profit College Conversions (GAO-21-89) (Dec. 31, 2020)]. She argues that the tax analysis of those conversions should consider section 4958 and the special rules applicable to section 501(c)(3) organizations that are also governmental affiliates.

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June 5, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Maryland's Digital Tax And The Internet Tax Freedom Act's Catch-22

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis), Chris Moran (Venable, Baltimore) & David Gamage (Indiana; Google Scholar), Maryland's Digital Tax and the ITFA's Catch-22, 100 Tax Notes State 141 (Apr. 12, 2021):

Tax Notes StateThis essay analyzes whether U.S. state-level taxes on digital advertising — like Maryland’s new tax — are barred by the Internet Tax Freedom Act and argues that the Act’s prohibition against “discriminatory” taxes on electronic commerce should be construed narrowly.

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June 1, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Taxpayer Deference Can Help Close The Tax Gap

Benjamin M. Willis, Taxpayer Deference Can Help Close the Tax Gap, 171 Tax Notes Fed. 1229 (May 24, 2021):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)[C]losing the tax gap would be better achieved if Treasury and the IRS stopped relying on Chevron deference to create overly aggressive revenue-raising laws and appreciate why courts are favoring taxpayer interpretations. ...

The very nature of attempts to close the tax gap will dramatically increase litigation. The IRS Independent Appeals Office, created in 2019, reflects a recognition of the need to reduce the unnecessary costs of litigation resulting from a biased IRS.

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May 26, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Pennell: A Wealth Tax Alternative — Taxing Extraordinary Income

Jeffrey N. Pennell (Emory), An Alternative to a Wealth Tax: Taxing Extraordinary Income, 171 Tax Notes Fed. 891 (May 10, 2021):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)Asking the rich to pay more tax has been a consistent concern for politicians. Rising inequality and concentrations of wealth in the United States have caused some policymakers to question whether to reduce tax benefits that significantly lower the tax bills of high-net-worth (HNW) individuals. Suggested changes include raising the moderately low income tax rate, decreasing the federal estate tax exclusion amount, and altering or repealing the section 1014 new-basis-at-death rule. More dramatically, scholars and political candidates propose to impose a “wealth tax” on HNW Americans who often own substantial wealth but do not realize significant taxable income (as defined by the code). The most widely recognized of these proposals were advocated by Senate Finance Committee member Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., during the 2020 presidential election season. Each advocated an annual wealth tax. Because the negative attributes of these proposals are likely to preclude their success, even if enacted, this article offers in skeletal detail an alternative, aimed at the same taxpayers but more consistent with historical taxation and less likely to fail. ...

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May 22, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Foreign Reverse Hybrid And The Estate Tax

Seth J. Entin (Holland & Knight, Miami), The Foreign Reverse Hybrid and the Estate Tax, 101 Tax Notes Int'l 1255 (Mar. 8, 2021):

Tax Notes Int'lIn this article, the author demonstrates that the estate of a foreign individual who dies owning an interest in a foreign reverse hybrid entity is not subject to U.S. federal estate tax in connection with an interest in the entity, even if the entity owns U.S.-situs assets.

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May 12, 2021 in Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Monday, April 26, 2021

Call For Student Tax Papers: 2021 Chris Bergin Award For Excellence In Writing

Christopher E. Bergin Award for Excellence in Writing:

BerginThe Christopher E. Bergin Award for Excellence in Writing recognizes superior student writing on unsettled questions in tax law or policy. It is named in honor of the late Christopher E. Bergin, former president and publisher of Tax Analysts and longtime editor of Tax Notes Federal. The award, given annually, epitomizes the qualities that Chris championed.

Winning papers will be published in one of Tax Notes' weekly magazines. Winners will receive one-year subscriptions to all three magazines.

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April 26, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Avi-Yonah: The Ingenious Biden Tax Plan

Reuven S. Avi-Yonah (Michigan), The Ingenious Biden Tax Plan, 171 Tax Notes Fed. 235 (Apr. 12, 2021):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)On March 31 the White House released an outline of its proposed infrastructure bill, which includes the Made in America Tax Plan. The plan involves a major revamping of the corporate and international tax provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including:

  • raising the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent;
  • eliminating the participation exemption for a 10 percent return on qualified business asset investment;
  • reforming the global intangible low-taxed income regime by raising the rate to 21 percent and applying it per country;
  • strengthening the anti-inversion rules;
  • replacing the base erosion and antiabuse tax with a stronger but conditional denial of deductions to related foreign parties; and
  • repealing the foreign-derived intangible income regime and replacing it with increased research and development subsidies for domestic activities.

The plan is a long-overdue recognition that U.S.-based multinationals have not been paying their fair share of taxes, given their levels of profitability, most of which are economic rents not subject to competition because of their monopolistic or oligopolistic positions in their respective markets. Also, the BEAT replacement will be a major incentive for other countries to enact similar legislation under the auspices of pillar 2 of the OECD’s base erosion and profit-shifting initiative due to be completed by June.

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April 20, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Brunson, Johnson & Ryznar: Reforming The Home Office Deduction

Samuel D. Brunson (Loyola-Chicago) & Christian A. Johnson (Widener), An Employee Home Office Expense Deduction for the New Normal, 171 Tax Notes Fed. 41 (Apr. 5, 2021):

Brunson and Johnson argue for a limited above-the-line deduction to cover the costs of working from home and suggest that if Congress expands the deduction for unreimbursed home office expenses, it reconsider the requirements.

Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-McKinney), The Design of a Home Office Deduction, 171 Tax Notes Fed. 49 (Apr. 5, 2021):

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April 14, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Monday, April 12, 2021

Halperin: No Basis Step-Up For Marketable Securities With No Tax At Death

Daniel I. Halperin (Harvard), No Basis Step-Up for Marketable Securities With No Tax at Death, 170 Tax Notes Fed. 1709 (Mar. 15, 2021):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)In this article, Halperin proposes an innovative way to achieve realization, without any added tax burden at gift, death, or sale: collecting an equivalent tax in present value during the period the asset is held.

The Biden administration has indicated that it would end the egregious step-up in basis at death under section 1014. The step-up, combined with lack of gain recognition on property transferred to charities, allows wealthy households to escape taxation on a substantial percentage of their income. Importantly, measuring effective tax rates, without adding unrealized gains to the denominator, significantly understates the actual effective tax burden on those who hold appreciated assets until death or transfer them to charity to avoid tax on gains. In fact, those who have great wealth may have little or no reason to sell appreciated property. Risk can be mitigated by a charitable gift, a like-kind exchange for real estate, or the creation of an offsetting position that falls short of triggering a constructive sale. It is long past time to eliminate this enormous tax loophole.

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April 12, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Friday, April 9, 2021

Gender Equality, Taxation, And The COVID-19 Recovery

Yvette Lind (Copenhagen Business School; Google Scholar) & Åsa Gunnarsson (University of Umea), Gender Equality, Taxation, and the COVID-19 Recovery: A Study of Sweden and Denmark, 101 Tax Notes Int'l 581 (Feb. 1, 2021):

Tax Notes Int'lThe impact of COVID-19 is at the moment undeniably extensive as the world faces the most severe recession in nearly a century. Economic emergency programs, the design and implementation of COVID-19 tax policies and subsequent state aid actions have been launched in many countries to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. Women have, in comparison to men, also reduced their hours of work to care for, and home school, children. Aggregating already existing problems associated to both the loss of paid work hours and to the gender-segregated allocation of unpaid hours for household work and caring. The sudden closure of childcare programs and schools in many countries has had a crucial impact for women whose labour force participation depends on these institutions. The possibility of several waves of the virus that could trigger additional childcare closures make it extremely likely that married women (in general when considering the current norm of heterosexual couples) in particular may be slower to re-enter the work force in the hope of protecting the (single-breadwinner) family income.

The ambition with this paper is to tackle the complexity of both new and old societal challenges for the realization of gender equality obligations through tax provisions and tax policies at the national level.

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April 9, 2021 in Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Thursday, April 8, 2021

AI For Tax Analogies And Code Renumbering

Andrew Blair-Stanek (Maryland; Google Scholar) & Benjamin Van Durme (Johns Hopkins; Google Scholar), AI for Tax Analogies and Code Renumbering, 170 Tax Notes Fed. 1997 (Mar. 29, 2021):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)Blair-Stanek and Van Durme present an artificial intelligence tool that can complete analogies in tax law and provide evidence-based guidance on how Congress can renumber IRC sections in future tax reform efforts.

Conclusion
We have described two limited applications of AI in tax law, but we and other researchers are pursuing many others. New models with millions of mathematical neurons approximating the neurons in the human brain promise much more power than the model we used here. Moreover, all AI models rely on data; having more data and higher-quality data is always better. The full Tax Analysts Federal Research Library, just released under an agreement between Tax Analysts and Deloitte Tax LLP, contains extensive, very high-quality tax law text. This combination of more powerful models with more and better data is reason for optimism that AI will result in many more tools to aid tax practitioners and policymakers.

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April 8, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Sullivan: Measuring Disparate Racial Tax Outcomes Before And After The TCJA

Martin Sullivan (Tax Analysts), Measuring Disparate Racial Tax Outcomes Before and After the TCJA, 170 Tax Notes Fed. 1666 (Mar. 15, 2021):

Our preliminary analysis of 2017 and 2018 tax return data indicates that, on average, effective tax rates were lower for ZIP codes where most of the population identified as white than for ZIP codes with more racial diversity.

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Also, the analysis indicates that after passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, larger percentage point reductions are seen in ZIP codes with predominantly white populations.

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March 30, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Ordower: New York’s Proposed Mark-To-Market Tax Decouples From Federal Tax

Following up on my previous post, New York's Proposed Mark-to-Market Wealth Tax Would Raise $23 Billion From <200 Billionaires:  Henry Ordower (Saint Louis), New York’s Proposed Mark-to-Market Tax Decouples From Federal Tax, 170 Tax Notes Fed. 1243 (Feb. 22, 2021):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)In this article, Ordower examines proposed legislation in New York that would tax the unrealized gain and other deferred income of billionaires in the state, and the complexities that the legislation’s enactment is likely to generate. ...

This article addresses the structure of state income taxes and credits for taxes paid by residents to other states and the confusion that nonuniform decoupling generates across state borders. Separation from federal rules may help to stanch the loss of state revenue from federal tax amendments and enhance state tax revenue — especially revenue that the state otherwise might never capture but to which it may have a claim.

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March 25, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Utz: How Insurance Recoveries Are Taxed Under The IRC

Stephen Utz (Connecticut), How Insurance Recoveries are Taxed under the IRC, 98 Tax Notes State 607 (Nov. 9, 2020):

Tax Notes StateJeffrey H. Kahn, the Harry W. Walborsky Professor of Law at the Florida State University College of Law, has criticized my account of the tax treatment of insurance coverage in an article I published with Sachin S. Pandya concerning the tax treatment of litigation expenses. Sachin S. Pandya (Connecticut) & Stephen Utz (Connecticut), Designing the Tax Treatment of Litigation-Related Costs, 21 Fla. Tax Rev. 533 (2018). Kahn argues that the article was wrong to assert that the insurance payment of a claim against the insured “is not excludable [from gross income] unless the expense involved would have been deductible if paid by the insured and not reimbursed.” Jeffrey H. Kahn (Florida State), The Tax Treatment of Liability Insurance Coverage, 163 Tax Notes 1381, 1381 (May 27, 2019). ... This article defends the premise that the exclusion of insurance proceeds from the income of the insured depends on the deductibility by the insured of the covered obligation. ...

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March 24, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts | Permalink

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

From 'Boy Tax' And 'Girl Tax' To Diverse And Inclusive Tax

Larissa Neumann (Fenwick & West, Mountain View, CA; Lecturer, UC-Berkeley), A Virtuous Cycle: Investing in Diversity and Inclusion, 99 Tax Notes State 995 (Mar. 8, 2021):

Tax Notes StateThe call for more equal representation of women in positions of power in the tax law profession has never been louder than it is today. Companies, professional organizations, law schools, and society at large are initiating a concerted push for greater gender diversity within law firms. According to the American Bar Association’s “ABA Profile of the Profession 2020 Report,” the percentage of female lawyers has increased very slowly in the last 10 years; it stood at 31 percent in 2010 and is now at 37 percent. Male attorneys still greatly outnumber female attorneys, especially in management and equity partner positions. Although women generally have made up half of graduating law school classes for the last 20 years, there continues to be a disparity in the legal profession.

While most law firms have explicitly professed a desire for more women in leadership, implicit biases and structural impediments within the profession have kept women significantly underrepresented within the upper reaches of the tax law hierarchy. To display commitment to the firm, women who are parents have felt the pressure to submit to a work environment and time schedule at tension with their obligations as mothers and domestic partners. The recent ABA report “Walking Out the Door,” which includes results from a survey of more than 1,200 senior lawyers at the nation’s biggest private law firms, reported that 58 percent of women viewed caretaking commitments as the most important reason that female lawyers leave their jobs. To fit the mold of a dedicated professional, women have felt pressure to delay or alter the timing of significant life events such as marriage and pregnancy. Over time, the frictions of these structural impediments wear against female attorneys’ psyches, often causing them to compromise their careers for the sake of family and personal commitments.

Throughout my career I have worked in tandem with my firm, Fenwick & West LLP, to dismantle these subtle and not-so-subtle structures of male power that have stood in the way of female professional empowerment. By advocating for my own interests and having a progressive law firm that took those interests to heart, I have been able to advance in my career without disregarding my unique experiences and challenges as a wife and a mother. By seeing me and hearing me as a woman, Fenwick has demonstrated a commitment to diversity in its highest levels of power and laid the institutional foundations for many more female attorneys to follow in my footsteps.

I remember staring at the little pink lines indicating that I was pregnant with mixed emotions. I was filled with guarded joy that was also clouded with a faint concern when I thought of my career. In 2006 pregnancy announcements were not expected from first-year associates at a law firm — at least not from associates who were at all serious about becoming partners. “Wait until you are a partner until you have kids” was standard advice, and doing otherwise would sabotage your ability as a woman to prove your dedication to the firm and credibility in the profession. But my life path had taken a drastic detour from the career trajectory mapped out by conventional wisdom.

After having my first child, I returned to work eager to add value to every project I was assigned and grow in my practice as a tax attorney. Thankfully, at Fenwick, I was not spared difficult assignments and challenging projects in my days after returning from maternity. One of my mentors, Jim Fuller, recounted how when he started tax law there was “Girl Tax,” which was estates and trusts, and “Boy Tax,” which was international tax. He expressed how he thought that was inappropriate and supported my taking on challenging international tax projects, including inversion transaction, transfer pricing, and controversy.

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March 17, 2021 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Avi-Yonah, Gamage, Shanske & Stark: Is New York's Mark-to-Market Act Unconstitutionally Retroactive?

Following up on my previous post, New York's Proposed Mark-to-Market Wealth Tax Would Raise $23 Billion From <200 Billionaires:  Reuven S. Avi-Yonah (Michigan), David Gamage (Indiana), Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) & Kirk J. Stark (UCLA), Is New York's Mark-to-Market Act Unconstitutionally Retroactive?, 99 Tax Notes State 541 (Feb. 8, 2021):

AGSSIt is well known in tax literature that rudimentary tax planning strategies enable wealthy individuals to avoid state and federal income tax on much of their true economic income. Indeed, the existing income tax has been described as being effectively optional for those who derive their income chiefly from the ownership of assets rather than the provision of services. The reason is — except for a few relatively narrowly tailored deemed-realization rules — both state and federal income taxes rely on the realization principle. Under realization accounting, taxpayers generally do not owe tax on economic gains until they sell their appreciated assets. Moreover, this is so even when taxpayers fund lavish lifestyles by borrowing against their appreciated assets.

Legislation under consideration in New York would limit the ability of the state’s wealthiest taxpayers to escape tax in this manner. The Billionaire Mark-to-Market (MTM) Tax Act (S. 8277B/A. 10414) would require these taxpayers to reports gains and losses as they accrue, rather than upon sale or exchange as under current law.

Opponents claim that the MTM Act is unconstitutional. In a separate essay, we will explain why and how the New York Constitution authorizes accrual taxation through deemed realizations as in the MTM Act (and also as in a number of existing provisions of state income tax law). Here, we evaluate the retroactivity concerns that the legislation’s opponents have raised.

On its face, the MTM Act is not retroactive.

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March 17, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Monday, March 15, 2021

COVID-19: The Year Of The Great Tax Migration

Timothy P. Noonan & Emma M. Savino (Hodgson Russ, New York), COVID-19: The Year of the Great Migration, 99 Tax Notes State 897 (Mar. 1, 2021):

Tax Notes StateWe have seen all sorts of changes in behavior over the past 12 months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Remote working. No live music. Limited (or no) family gatherings. And, for some, an extra 15 pounds. But in the state and local tax world, we’ve seen another striking change in people’s behavior.

People. Are. Moving.

They are moving to Florida. They are moving to the Hamptons. They are moving home to live with their parents. They are moving in with their kids. They are leaving California, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York, and they are landing in places with lower taxes and, usually, better weather. And many need tax advice!

Here at Noonan’s Notes World Headquarters, we’ve generated more residency-change checklists and playbooks in the past 12 months than we’ve probably sent out in the last 10 years. And the types of situations we’ve seen are so much more varied and different from the typical retirees shuffling off to their shuffleboards in Florida. Hedge-fund millennials are moving. Parents with young kids are moving. Taxpayers in their working prime are moving. And with these moves come a whole host of interesting tax issues.

So this month, we thought we’d dive into these residency issues a bit more and give you a glimpse into the world of a tax residency practitioner during 2020 and 2021. ...

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March 15, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Thimmesch: States And The PPP — The Tax Policy Case For State Nondeductibility

Adam B. Thimmesch (Nebraska), States and the PPP: The Tax Policy Case for State Nondeductibility, 99 Tax Notes State 129 (Jan. 11, 2021):

Tax Notes StateThis article is the second in a series evaluating the state tax aspects of the federal Paycheck Protection Program. The first article introduced the program and explained the potential effect on states if Congress were to change the law to allow taxpayers to deduct their PPP-funded expenses. This article continues that analysis and explores the tax policy reasons why states should prepare to deviate from federal law now that Congress has provided for PPP deductibility in its year-end COVID relief bill.

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March 10, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Friday, March 5, 2021

McLaughlin: Amendment Clauses In Easements — Ensuring Protection In Perpetuity

Nancy A. McLaughlin (Utah), Amendment Clauses in Easements: Ensuring Protection in Perpetuity, 168 Tax Notes Fed. 819 (Aug. 3, 2020):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)Internal Revenue Code § 170(h)(5)(A) requires that the conservation purpose of a deductible conservation easement be “protected in perpetuity.” This article explains how the protected-in-perpetuity requirement should limit the parties’ ability to reserve the right to make post-donation changes to the terms of a deductible easement.

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March 5, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts | Permalink

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Johnson: Taxing Meals And Civic Virtue

Calvin H. Johnson (Texas), Return to Civic Virtue: Tax Meals, 170 Tax Notes Fed. 1105 (Aug. 15, 2021):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)Excluding meals from taxation, when other forms of compensation are taxed, inevitably causes a loss of value — a waste — that economists call deadweight loss. The exclusion for meals causes a shift from cash to meals, until in equilibrium, the loss of value from the meals is just short of the tax avoided. In equilibrium, the loss is a tax-caused destruction of resources — not physically, but by value. The recent Consolidated Appropriations Act decreased the tax on meals by allowing a 100 percent deduction for some business meals, repealing the prior law’s 50 percent deduction, which is the wrong direction to go. The end of the limited deduction was instigated by former President Trump himself and was a high priority for the Trump Treasury in its negotiations with Congress over the appropriations bill. Trump personally takes advantage of tax-exempt meals and has interests in restaurants selling meals. Thus, the change in law was narcissistic and a betrayal of civic virtue.

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March 3, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Lazerow: Income Tax Planning For Visual Artists, Their Dealers, Investors, And Collectors

Herbert I. Lazerow (San Diego), Income Tax Planning for Visual Artists, Their Dealers, Investors, and Collectors, 170 Tax Notes Fed. 923 (Feb. 8, 2021):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)The tax issues of visual artists, art dealers, art investors, and art collectors all revolve around the same type of property: artwork. Be it a painting, drawing, print, sculpture, photograph, fabric, or glass art, that property raises tax issues for which advance planning can be useful. Some tax problems are shared by artists, dealers, investors, and collectors alike, such as the necessity to prove a profit motive in order to deduct expenses. However, those four categories of taxpayers face different tax results for the same activity in some cases, such as when artwork is sold or donated. This report explores those similarities and differences and suggests steps advisers can take to maximize tax benefits for their clients. It occasionally questions whether the similarities and differences — or the rules applied by the IRS — make sense.

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March 2, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Conservation Easements And Development Rights: Law And Policy

Nancy A. McLaughlin (Utah; Google Scholar) & Ann Taylor Schwing, Conservation Easements and Development Rights: Law and Policy, 169 Tax Notes Fed. 531 (Oct. 26, 2020):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)This article examines the requirements in Internal Revenue Code § 170(h) that limit a taxpayer’s ability to grant the donee of a deductible easement the discretion to approve development on the subject property post-donation.

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February 16, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Zelinsky: A Response To The Initiative To Accelerate Charitable Giving

Edward A. Zelinsky (Cardozo), A Response to the Initiative to Accelerate Charitable Giving, 170 Tax Notes Fed. 755 (Feb. 1, 2021):

IACGThe Initiative to Accelerate Charitable Giving describes itself as “a broad coalition dedicated to promoting common-sense, nonpartisan charitable giving reforms.”

Among its proposals, the initiative would tighten and expand the provisions of the IRC relative to private foundations and donor-advised funds. The initiative performs an important public service by highlighting a topic the Biden administration and the 117th Congress should address and by advancing important proposals.

In this article I respond to the initiative, agreeing with much (but not all) of its perspective and arguing that the rules applied to private foundations should also govern donor-advised funds.

Considerations of fairness and efficiency counsel that similar persons and entities should be taxed and regulated similarly. Donor-advised funds are functional substitutes for private foundations and should be treated equivalently by the law. Consequently, the code’s minimum distribution requirement and its excise tax on net investment incomes, now applicable just to private foundations, should apply to donor-advised funds as well.

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February 16, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

How Property Taxes Fuel Racial Inequality

Andrew Kahrl (Virginia), More for Less: How Property Taxes Fuel Racial Inequality, 99 Tax Notes State 315 (Jan. 25, 2021):

Tax Notes StateThe Search for Tax Justice is a Tax Notes State series examining the inequities inherent in state and federal taxes. In this inaugural installment, Andrew Kahrl, professor of history and African American studies at the University of Virginia, explores the history of discriminatory tax practices against Black property owners.

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February 9, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Blair-Stanek: How The IRS Should Fight The COVID-19 Economic Crisis

Andrew Blair-Stanek (Maryland), How the IRS Should Fight the COVID-19 Economic Crisis, 166 Tax Notes Fed. 2067 (Mar. 30, 2020):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)In this article, Blair-Stanek reviews the IRS’s responses — some good, some flawed — to the 2007-2009 financial crisis and draws a clear lesson to guide the agency’s responses to the economic crisis sparked by COVID-19.

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January 30, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Hellerstein & Appleby: State Tax Credit Issues Raised By SALT Cap Workaround Legislation

Walter Hellerstein (Georgia) & Andrew Appleby (Stetson), State Tax Credit Issues Raised by SALT Cap Workaround Legislation, 99 Tax Notes State 211 (Jan. 18, 2021):

Tax Notes StateFor tax years 2018 through 2025, the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limited the aggregate amount of itemized state and local tax deductions for federal personal income tax purposes to $10,000. To avoid the impact of this “SALT cap” insofar as it limited the personal income tax deductions of passthrough entity (PTE) owners for federal income tax purposes, several states adopted legislation imposing taxes directly on the PTEs’ incomes. The theory underlying the PTE tax legislation was that state income taxes paid by the PTE would be deductible from the PTE’s income and would correspondingly reduce individual PTE owners’ taxable distributive shares of passthrough income for federal personal income tax purposes without regard to the SALT cap, thereby working around the SALT cap. At the same time, however, to avoid imposing a double state tax burden on individual PTE owners who are now effectively paying state income tax at the entity level, states adopting SALT cap workaround legislation generally provide individual PTE owners with corresponding owner-level tax benefits, in the form of credits, deductions, and exemptions, regarding their state personal income taxes. In essence, the PTE tax legislation simply shifts the incidence of the tax to the entity instead of the individual to circumvent the federal SALT cap imposed on individuals.

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January 26, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Graetz: A Major Simplification Of The OECD’s Pillar 1 Proposal

Michael J. Graetz (Columbia), A Major Simplification of the OECD’s Pillar 1 Proposal, 170 Tax Notes Fed. 213 (Jan. 11, 2021):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)In this report, Graetz suggests major modifications to the OECD’s pillar 1 blueprint proposal to create a new taxing right for multinational digital income and some product sales that would greatly simplify the proposal. The modifications rely on readily available existing financial information and would achieve certainty in the application of pillar 1, while adhering to its fundamental structure and policies.

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January 13, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Monday, January 11, 2021

Kamin: How Far To Go In Reforming Taxation Of Wealth

David Kamin (NYU), How Far to Go in Reforming Taxation of Wealth: Revenue and Tax Avoidance, 168 Tax Notes Fed. 1225 (Aug. 17, 2020):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)The article describes the revenue estimates of incremental versus fundamental reform options for taxation of individual wealth, and explains how tax avoidance assumptions underlie the larger estimates for fundamental reform. 

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January 11, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Monday, January 4, 2021

Avi-Yonah & Mazzoni: Coca-Cola: A Decisive IRS Transfer Pricing Victory

Reuven S. Avi-Yonah (Michigan) & Gianluca Mazzoni (S.J.D. (International Tax) 2020, Michigan), Coca-Cola: A Decisive IRS Transfer Pricing Victory, At Last, 169 Tax Notes Fed. 1739 (Dec. 14, 2020):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)Coca-Cola [Coca-Cola Co. v. Commissioner, 155 T.C. No. 10 (Nov. 18, 2020)] is the first decisive IRS victory in a major transfer pricing case since 1979. If not reversed on appeal, the outcome will mark an important shift in U.S. transfer pricing litigation and perhaps indicate that the IRS could win other major pending cases, such as the one against Facebook.

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January 4, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Facebook, The IRS, And The Commensurate With Income Standard

Stephen L. Curtis (Cross Border Analytics), Facebook, the IRS, and the Commensurate With Income Standard, 169 Tax Notes Fed. 1921 (Dec. 21, 2020):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)In ongoing transfer pricing litigation, Facebook is challenging the IRS’s adjustment of a buy-in payment under a cost-sharing arrangement (CSA) with an Irish affiliate. The IRS stated that the adjustment was necessary to ensure compliance with the commensurate with income (CWI) standard added to section 482 by the Tax Reform Act of 1986. It is unclear, however, whether the IRS has performed a reg. section 1.482-7(i)(6) periodic adjustment calculation in this case — either before issuing its initial proposed adjustment in 2016 or before its more recently revised adjustment in October 2019.

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January 2, 2021 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Why States Should Consider Expanding Sales Taxes To Services, Part 2

Gladriel Shobe (BYU), Grace Stephenson Nielsen (J.D. 2021, BYU), Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) & David Gamage (Indiana), Why States Should Consider Expanding Sales Taxes to Services, Part 2, 99 Tax Notes State 4 (Jan. 4, 2021):

Tax Notes StateAs we explained in our prior essay, state governments are experiencing severe revenue needs because of COVID-19, and expanding state sales tax bases to include services is a promising option for state governments to manage their budget shortfalls. In this, the second essay in this series — a contribution to Project SAFE: State Action in Fiscal Emergencies — we explain some of the implementation details and options for how states might go about expanding their sales tax bases to include services. In particular, we argue that there are some incremental steps that seem to be technically and politically feasible as responses to the current crisis. In particular, we argue the states should start by expanding their sales taxes to include services that are least problematic as a matter of policy and politics.

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December 31, 2020 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (3)

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

A Simple Regulatory Fix For U.S. Citizenship Taxation

John Richardson, Laura Snyder & Karen Alpert (University of Queensland), A Simple Regulatory Fix for Citizenship Taxation, 169 Tax Notes Fed. 275 (Oct. 12, 2020):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)This article explains the simple regulatory actions that United States Department of the Treasury can take that would, in the absence of legislative change, improve the lives of Americans living overseas and permit the IRS to better focus its limited resources to more effectively administer the U.S. tax system.

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Monday, December 21, 2020

Why States Should Consider Expanding Sales Taxes To Services, Part 1

Gladriel Shobe (BYU), Grace Stephenson Nielsen (J.D. 2021, BYU), Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) & David Gamage (Indiana), Why States Should Consider Expanding Sales Taxes to Services, Part 1, 98 Tax Notes State 1349 (Dec. 21, 2020):

Tax Notes StateStates are facing a severe budget crisis as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. And with the federal government unlikely to pass a relief bill to address those state budget issues, states will need to play a significant role in making up revenue shortfalls.

This is the first in a three-part series, which is a contribution to Project SAFE: State Action in Fiscal Emergencies. This essay will lay out the general case for why states should consider expanding their sales tax bases to more services as a response to the COVID-19 crisis. The follow-ups will discuss further mechanics and details of how best to accomplish this goal.

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December 21, 2020 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (7)

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Yin: Repairing The Tax Privacy Rules

George K. Yin (Virginia), Repairing the Tax Privacy Rules, 169 Tax Notes Fed. 1485 (Nov. 30, 2020):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)For almost four years, the nation has experienced numerous governmental deviations from rules and norms that have exposed gaps or weaknesses in many areas of law. This article describes needed changes in three tax privacy areas: access and disclosure of presidential tax information; civil enforcement of congressional subpoenas; and confidentiality protections for tax return information obtained by subpoena.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Hellerstein & Appleby: State Estate Taxes And The Due Process Clause

Walter Hellerstein (Georgia) & Andrew Appleby (Stetson), State Estate Taxes and the Due Process Clause, 98 Tax Notes State 771 (Nov. 23, 2020):

Tax Notes StateAfter two decades of relative dormancy, we are witnessing a resurgence in state estate tax controversies. Federal estate tax amendments beginning in 2001, which eliminated the federal credit for state estate taxes, greatly diminished the general significance of state estate taxes, as most states repealed their preexisting “pickup” or “sponge” taxes designed to absorb the maximum federal estate tax credit. Indeed, as of 2020, of the 50 states that had some form of federally based “death tax” in 2001, had no death tax at all and only 18 states had some form of death tax. Recently, however, five state courts have addressed the due process clause implications of state estate taxes. Each court considered the question of whether the due process clause permitted the state to impose estate tax on qualified terminable interest property. The U.S. Supreme Court has thus far declined to consider this question, having denied petitions for certiorari from two of the state court decisions that raised it (most recently just two weeks ago). In 2019, however, the Court did address a related state trust tax issue in Kaestner, which informs the QTIP due process analysis. ...

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December 9, 2020 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Tax Analysts Hosts Webinar Today On Artificial Intelligence And The Future Of Tax

Tax Analysts hosts a webinar today (2:00 p.m. ET) on Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Tax (registration):

Tax Analysys Logo (2013)AI systems process massive amounts of data, identify patterns, spot anomalies, and even generate predictions to guide action. This enables all aspects of businesses – including tax planning and preparation — to improve efficiency, identify critical information, and innovate faster than ever. But does it also bring risks?

Tax Analysts

  • Benjamin Alarie (Professor & Osler Chair in Business Law, University of Toronto Faculty of Law; Co-founder & CEO, Blue J Legal)
  • Cara Griffith (President & CEO, Tax Analysts) (moderator)
  • Sarah Lawsky (Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law; author, Teaching Algorithms and Algorithms for Teaching, 25 Fla. Tax Rev. ___ (2021))

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Thimmesch: States, The PPP, And Planning For Fiscal Shocks

Adam Thimmesch (Nebraska), States, the PPP, and Planning for Fiscal Shocks, 98 Tax Notes State 1029 (Dec. 7, 2020):

Tax Notes StateThis article is one in a series evaluating potential state responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior articles in this series have focused on changes that the author and others recommend states make to both their personal and corporate income taxes, with a focus on provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (P.L. 116-136) that make little sense for states to adopt in the midst of a global pandemic. This article focuses on the Paycheck Protection Program and the federal and state tax treatment of funds received by taxpayers under that program. The article is a part of Project SAFE (State Action in Fiscal Emergencies), an academic effort to help states weather the fiscal crisis by providing policy recommendations backed by research.

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December 8, 2020 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Rossotti, Sarin & Summers: A Comprehensive Approach To Shrinking The Tax Gap

Charles O. Rossotti, Natasha Sarin (Pennsylvania) & Lawrence H. Summers (Harvard), Shrinking the Tax Gap: A Comprehensive Approach, 169 Tax Notes Fed. 1467 (Nov. 30, 2020):

Over the course of the past year, we have written independently about the substantial revenue potential of a significant investment in tax compliance. In several articles, we have estimated that overhauling the IRS — by increasing effectively allocated examination resources, filling the holes in information reporting of income that cannot now be cross-checked against third-party reports, and investing in technology so the IRS is better able to leverage the information it collects — can raise well over $1 trillion.

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Mazur & Thimmesch: Closing The State Tax Digital Divide — A Consumption Tax Agenda

Orly Mazur (SMU) & Adam Thimmesch (Nebraska), Closing the Digital Divide in State Taxation: A Consumption Tax Agenda, 98 State Tax Notes ___ (Nov. 30, 2020):

Tax Notes StateIn this installment of Academic Perspectives on SALT, Mazur and Thimmesch argue that while taxing digital goods and services presents practical and legal challenges for states, it is still a worthwhile measure to address the pandemic and related budget problems.

Conclusion
Expanding the consumption tax base to digital consumption is a relatively easy way for states to raise essential tax revenue as they cope with the pandemic and its accompanying economic downturn. Although a digital tax is an imperfect solution and requires overcoming some practical and legal issues, implementing one on consumption is better than the alternative of maintaining the status quo. Under the current patchwork of state laws, digital activities either escape taxation or are only partially and inconsistently taxed. This complex system can place onerous burdens on suppliers, results in governments losing out on a growing revenue stream, contributes to discriminatory and multiple taxation, and does not reflect the economic realities of the digital era. Given the current situation and the tough times ahead, it is worthwhile for states to implement digital taxes on consumption now.

The digital tax debate is far from over, and expanding the consumption tax base is just the first step. The wide range of attention being paid to DSTs and their various forms should not detract from this basic point: A broad, neutral, and strong state tax base is one that includes digital transactions.

December 3, 2020 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Tax Notes Issues Call For Papers

Tax Notes Editors' Wish List:

Tax Notes (2021)In the past year, our quarterly call for entries has been answered by academics, lawyers, researchers, policymakers, and analysts from all over the world. We will always review any tax-related article, but we recognize this call can be daunting with so many areas of tax to explore. While each of our magazines, Tax Notes Federal, State, and International share contributor guidelines, the content can vary greatly. ...

Tax Notes Federal: Editor in Chief, Ariel Greenblum
A good length for Tax Notes Federal articles is between 4,000 and 14,000 words. The Tax Notes Federal team is looking for articles on the following topics: ...

Tax Notes State: Editor in Chief, Jéanne Rauch-Zender
A good length for Tax Notes State articles is anything that meets the 1,500-word minimum. The Tax Notes State team is looking for articles on the following topics: ...

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December 2, 2020 in Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

2019 Tax Journal Rankings: Tax Notes #1, Florida Tax Review #2

Here are the Washington & Lee tax law review rankings of the six major tax journals:

  • Columbia Journal of Tax Law ("Columbia")
  • Florida Tax Review ("Florida")
  • Tax Law Review ("NYU")
  • Tax Lawyer ("ABA")
  • Tax Notes
  • Virginia Tax Review ("Virginia")

The rankings are based on citations to articles published in 2015-2019 (methodology):

 

Combined

Impact

Journals

Cases

Currency

1. Tax Notes

15.16

0.02

406

5

0.03

2. Florida

14.30

0.75

188

1

1.45

3. NYU

12.29

0.65

161

0

1.16

4. Virginia

8.52

0.46

108

2

0.61

5. Columbia

6.98

0.45

69

0

0.53

6. ABA

5.82

0.16

115

4

0.23

As I have previously noted, Tax Notes fares poorly in the Impact Factor category (citations/number of articles published) because W&L apparently counts as "articles" all of the advance sheet material in Tax Notes. Tax Notes is #1 by a wide margin in the number of citations in law reviews, with more than double the citations of its nearest competitor.

December 1, 2020 in Law Review Rankings, Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Rankings, Tax Scholarship, W&L Tax Journal Rankings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Clausing: 5 Lessons On Profit Shifting From U.S. Country-By-Country Data

Kimberly A. Clausing (UCLA), 5 Lessons on Profit Shifting From U.S. Country-by-Country Data, 169 Tax Notes Fed. 925 (Nov. 9, 2020):

Tax Notes Federal (2020)One of the signature achievements of the base erosion and profit-shifting project is the collection of multinational enterprises’ country-by-country reporting data for government use in tax enforcement efforts. In late 2019 the United States became the first country to release a complete set of those data, in aggregate form, for 2017.

This article analyzes those data, demonstrating five important lessons for scholars investigating international corporate tax avoidance.

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November 17, 2020 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Thompson: Congress And Treasury's Federal Income Tax COVID-19 Initiatives

Samuel C. Thompson, Jr. (Penn State), Congress and Treasury's Federal Income Tax COVID-19 Initiatives, 167 Tax Notes Fed. 2067 (June 22, 2020):

Tax Notes FederalIn this article, Thompson principally focuses on the business tax provisions of the CARES Act.

The article is based on a chapter in a published special supplement (titled The Deal Lawyer’s Weapons in the War on COVID- 19) to Thompson’s Mergers, Acquisitions and Tender Offers: Law and Strategies — Corporate, Securities, Taxation, Antitrust, Cross Border (updated semi-annually).

November 14, 2020 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Shanske & Gamage: The Case For State Borrowing As A Response To The Pandemic

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) & David Gamage (Indiana), The Case for State Borrowing as a Response to the Current Crises, 97 Tax Notes State 1137 (Sept. 14, 2020): 

Tax Notes StateThis essay explains how and why U.S. state governments can and should borrow funds in the absence of sufficient federal aid during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Introduction
The coronavirus pandemic is a national emergency that requires a national response. Asking states to absorb the budgetary losses caused by the pandemic while they are tasked with providing essential frontline services is comparable to asking states during World War II to pay for the landing in Normandy.

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November 12, 2020 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Lipman: Rep. John Lewis Making 'Good Trouble' In Georgia

Francine J. Lipman (UNLV), Rep. John Lewis Making 'Good Trouble' in Georgia, 168 Tax Notes Fed. 681 (July 27, 2020):

Tax Notes Federal“Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.” Rep. John Robert Lewis (1940-2020)

It seems fitting that the civil rights movement was born in the district that John Robert Lewis represented in Congress for 34 years until his death on July 17. In the 1960s, Atlanta boasted a vibrant Black professional middle-class that became a cultural catalyst for civil rights activities. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, the headquarters of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and several historically Black colleges and universities were located there. Dr. King, who inspired, motivated, and mentored Rep. Lewis from an early age was also Atlanta-born.

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November 5, 2020 in Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Johnson: Repeal Opportunity Zones

Calvin H. Johnson (Texas), Repeal Opportunity Zones, 169 Tax Notes Fed. 625 (Oct. 26, 2020):

Tax Notes FederalIn this article, Johnson argues that Opportunity Zone incentives do the poor more harm than good because they destroy affordable housing and increase tenant rents. Even if Congress is unwilling to enact negative income tax or housing vouchers, which would do the most to help tackle poverty, it needs to stop Opportunity Zones now. The first rule of the medical profession is “first, do no harm.” That rule can be generalized and applied to everything. Simple repeal of the Opportunity Zones would at least stop the harm they do.

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November 4, 2020 in Scholarship, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (2)