Sunday, September 30, 2018
Friday, August 10, 2018
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
I'm working Paul's side of the street here. My colleague Anthony Polito (the best-dressed member of the Suffolk Law faculty) has posted Did Congress Goof? TCJA and the Taxation of Self-Created Patents and Inventions on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Monday, June 4, 2018
The 4th Annual Texas Tax Faculty Workshop at Texas Tech on June 1st went splendidly with robust discussion fueled by plenty of caffeine and carbs. I thought it would be fun to post a picture of the 11 of us when ended up being able to attend. After all, tax profs are usually just names on a page. But we are persons too! Here's proof. From left to right are: Bret Wells (UH); Bryan Camp (Texas Tech); Denney Wright (UH and NYU); Andy Morris (A&M); Bruce McGovern (South Texas); Cal Johnson (UT); Terri Helge (A&M) standing behind Dennis Drapkin (SMU); Bill Byrnes (A&M)(giving thumbs up); Steve Black (Texas Tech) standing behind Jack Manhire (A&M).
Friday, June 1, 2018
A baker's dozen tax professors are gathering in Lubbock, Texas, at Texas Tech University School of Law today for the fourth annual Texas Tax Faculty Workshop. Susan Morse (UT) started the gatherings---you guessed it---four years ago. Here is the agenda for this year:
Session #4: Open Discussion of Current Projects
Session #6: Paper from Andy Morriss (A&M) (English tax rule)
Lead Commentator: Jack Manhire (A&M)
For abstracts of each paper, see below the fold.
Friday, May 4, 2018
Following up on Paul Caron's previous post: California Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to Gig Economy Business Model, Treats Workers as Employees Rather than Independent Contractors: Heather Field (UC-Hastings) at Surly Subgroup: Tax Implications of the Recent Dynamex Worker Classification Ruling
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Sixty tax law professors and economists filed an amicus brief at the Supreme Court Monday urging the Justices to overrule the Dormant Commerce Clause holding of Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, 504 U.S. 298 (1992), which bars states from enforcing sales taxes against retailers who lack a "physical presence" in the state. From the brief:
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 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.
Friday, September 8, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Friday, July 7, 2017
With the looming deadline on both the debt ceiling and the tax reconciliation bill (not to be confused with the ACHA reconciliation instructions), taxes and, hopefully, tax reform are moving to the top of the legislative agenda. The rhetoric of tax reform is heating up. Yesterday Paul Ryan tweeted:
Speaker Ryan is not the only member of GOP leadership discussing tax reform. News last week broke that Steve Bannon wants to raise the top bracket rate to a number that has ”a 4 in front of it”. So, the GOP continues to a least float the idea of substantive tax reform measures.
I don't want to get too carried away about tax reform. Despite my optimism for "reform season," others does not seem to have the same zeal. First there is no "plan" to discuss. Second, the House Appropriations Bill (which I wrote about at Surly) does not seem to be too keen on the chances of real reform measures. For example, the Appropriations Bill addresses estate tax regulations and ACA penalties. If the estate tax and the ACA are on the chopping block, then why worry about the measures in the Appropriations Bill?
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Syracuse Law Dean, Raised By Adoptive White Parents, Had To Learn To Be Black; He Foresaw Legal Ed Crisis 'Long Before Other Deans Knew What Hit Them'
Following up on my previous post, Syracuse Dean (And Tax Prof) Craig Boise: 'The Only Harley-Riding, Piano-Playing, Calf-Roping Law Dean In The Country':
Syracuse Post-Standard, SU Law School Dean Craig Boise: Ex-Cop, Classical Pianist Who Had to Learn to be Black:
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
Cliff Fleming (BYU!) passed along this Christmas gift idea: a 24-pack of the only beer named after a tax professor: Peroni Beer. Like its namesake Bob Peroni (Texas), reviewers say the beer is "robust," "earthy," "full-bodied" and "underrated." Here is a full review:
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
I am delighted to publicly welcome Rhema ("ray-ma"), daughter of my dear Pepperdine friend and tax colleague Khrista Johnson and her husband Alton. Rhema was born on August 8 and checked in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces.
Khrista explains the origins of the name Rhema:
Friday, July 17, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Friday, November 22, 2013
Michael J. Graetz (Columbia) will receive the Daniel M. Holland Medal today at the National Tax Association 106th Annual Conference on Taxation in Tampa:
Michael presented Updating the Competitive Tax Plan: A New Epilogue for 100 Million Unnecessary Returns (also available here) yesterday at the conference:
- National Review, The 2015 Competitive Tax Plan
- Wall Steeet Journal, Tax Professor Pushes Plan to Tax Consumption
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
Orly Mazur (SMU) has been awarded 2013 David F. Bradford Memorial Prize for Best Paper in Taxation for her paper, Taxing the Cloud:
Monday, August 26, 2013
Lilian Faulhaber will take a two year leave of absence from Boston University School of Law to serve as an Advisor to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). From the BU press release:
(Hat Tip: Ben Leff.)
Joshua Blank (NYU) and Ruth Mason (Virginia) have been named co-national reporters for the United States at the 2014 Congress of the European Association of Tax Law Professors (EATLP), an organization of professors teaching tax law at leading universities in Europe. From the NYU press release:
(Hat Tip: Francine Lipman.)
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Shruti and I met at a happy hour during the AALS conference in January, 2011. We were introduced by Tax Prof Brian Galle. Shruti and I dated for the next year and a half while we were both living in Washington, DC. This past year we’ve been living on opposite coasts, but struggling with the distance has only helped to strengthen our relationship and our resolve to spend our lives together. We even co-authored a short paper, combining my interests in taxation with Shruti’s expertise in international and comparative business law. Our interfaith wedding ceremony was held at Stewart’s Cove Beach, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, followed by a reception at a nearby hall. Our wedding was a small and intimate gathering of family and a few close friends. In attendance were Tax Prof Mark Gergen and tax lawyers Elizabeth Chien and Ameeta Patel.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
José Gabilondo (Florida International) is the only Tax Prof named to Lawyers of Color's 2013 50 Under 50 List ("The Most Influential Minority Law Professors 50 Years of Age or Younger") in its Law School Diversity Issue:
José Gabilondo joined the College of Law after working in financial market regulation at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the World Bank. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2009-2011. Professor Gabilondo teaches tax and corporate finance. He is co-author of Corporate Finance Debt, Equity, and Derivatives Markets and their Intermediaries in the American Casebook Series. He is a nationally recognized commentator in the Spanish-language media on financial and economic matters.
For the complete list of the 50 Under 50, see here.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Citizens for Tax Justice, Ten (of Many) Reasons Why We Need Corporate Tax Reform:
This CTJ report illustrates how profitable Fortune 500 companies in a range of sectors of the U.S. economy have been remarkably successful in manipulating the tax system to avoid paying even a dime of tax on billions of dollars in profits. These ten corporations’ tax situations shed light on the widespread nature of corporate tax avoidance. As a group, the ten companies paid no federal income tax on $16 billion in profits in 2012, and they paid zero federal income tax on $57 billion in profits over the past five years. All but one paid less than zero federal income tax in 2012; all paid exceedingly low rates over five years.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Alex and I met at UW-Madison's welcome reception for new faculty two years ago. Our academic interests are the converse of each others'. Alex is in the political science department, but spent a year in law school and works on judicial politics. I am of course at UW Law School, but spent a year in a political science Ph.D program and work on the politics of tax policy. We got married at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Madison, followed by a reception at a restaurant called the Old Feed Mill.
Attending the wedding were tax lawyers Bob Fahrenbach, Jeanne Fahrenbach, Melissa Galetto, Brian Jenn, Kristin Keeling and Laura Leitch; non-tax lawprofs Lisa Alexander, Ann Althouse, Rob Anderson, Steve Barkan, Tonya Brito, Andy Coan, Anuj Desai, Alex Huneeus, Cecelia Klingele, Michele LaVigne, Ion Meyn, Thomas Mitchell, John Ohensorge, Margaret Raymond, Joel Rogers, David Schwartz, Mitra Sharafi, Mark Sidel, Steph Tai, Bill Whitford and Jason Yackee; and political science profs John Ahlquist, Rick Avramenko, Rikhil Bhavnani, Barry Burden, John Coleman, Mark Copelovitch, Scott Gehlbach, Eunsook Jung, Dan Kapust, Helen Kinsella, Alex Kuo, Melanie Manion, Ken Mayer, Ryan Owens, Maggie Peters, Jon Pevehouse, Byron Shafer, Nadav Shelef, Scott Straus, Kathy Cramer Walsh, Jessica Weeks, David Weimer and Susan Yackee.
Nancy Staudt, Edward G. Lewis Professor in Law and Public Policy at USC, has been named Academic Director of the new Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy:
The USC Schwarzenegger Institute will focus on the responsibility of policymakers to transcend partisanship to implement policies that most benefit the people they serve, with five priority areas: education, energy and environment, fiscal and economic policy, health and human wellness, and political reform. Guiding principles include: science and evidence as an important role to play when finding solutions to policy and social issues; local solutions are often the best means to solve global problems and, future leaders, including students and young people, must help shape the solutions for our future.
Schwarzenegger will chair the Board of Advisors and serve as inaugural holder of the Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy at USC, named after a former California governor and co-founder of USC.
The USC Schwarzenegger Institute will focus on the responsibility of leaders to transcend partisanship to implement policies that most benefit the people they serve. ... Guiding principles include: science and evidence must play an important role when finding solutions to policy and social issues; local solutions are often the best means to solve global problems; and future leaders, including students and young people, must help shape the solutions for our future.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The Board of Trustees of the Southern Federal Tax Institute invites all full-time tax professors to attend the Forty-Seventh Annual Institute in Atlanta on October 15-19, 2012, as guests of the Trustees (the $995 registration fee will be waived). If you would like to attend, please email here. If you have any other questions, please contact Brant Hellwig (Washington & Lee), who serves as Special Advisor to the Institute.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Staudt, a nationally recognized tax scholar, began her career as a lawyer in San Francisco. She served as a professor at Northwestern University Law School until she came to USC in June 2011. She currently has faculty appointments in the Gould School of Law and the Sol Price School of Public Policy.
Staudt has enjoyed her experience so far at USC, especially working with students and her colleagues, she said. “The faculties in both these schools are just so smart and collegial,” Staudt said. “It really makes for a bright and vibrant experience. I teach both law students and undergraduate students as well and the students are so interested and interesting, so spending time with the faculty and students has been wonderful.”
The endowed chair not only reflects her achievements, but also the caliber of the university, Staudt said. “What’s exciting about [becoming a chair] is that only really great universities award these types of honors,” Staudt said. “It’s an exciting moment because USC is really becoming so fantastic and to be recognized at such a fantastic institution is a real honor.”
Stadut said one of her principal goals is to improve the university through the Lewis Chair. “I’ve really been thinking about this award as not only a motivator to work hard in the classroom and as a researcher, but as a responsibility to contribute to the school and the students,” Staudt said. “Not only do I get to glow in this new status, but I really need to be motivated to help this university become even greater.”
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
There is a retirement ceremony today to honor legendary UC-Davis Tax Prof Daniel L. SImmons. He is perhaps best known on the scholarly front as a co-author of the Foundation Press business tax, corporate tax, income tax, and partnership and s corporation tax casebooks (with the late Paul McDaniel and Marty McMahon). From Dan's faculty web page:
Many lawyers fall into their fields, more often as a result of circumstance rather than planning. Take, for instance, Dan Simmons. "I came to law school your typical political science major. I had no economics background. I left law school expecting to be a litigator."
Working as a clerk for the California Supreme Court, Simmons discovered "litigation is 90 percent paperwork. When an opportunity arose to work for my tax teacher, I took it." Fifteen years later, as Congress rewrote the Internal Revenue Code, Simmons would occupy the prestigious position of professor in residence in the Office of the Chief Counsel of the IRS.
"You cannot practice law without understanding the income tax system," said the 1971 King Hall alumnus. "There's very little we can do in today's society that doesn't have income tax implications."
For this reason, the tax lawyer is both the ultimate specialist and ultimate generalist, practicing an esoteric brand of law that touches practically every transaction in American society. "Contracts, marital property, trusts, estate planning, immigration, corporations, partnerships, securities, torts, constitutional law, employment discrimination-the tax lawyer must be knowledgeable in all," said Simmons.
Monday, January 9, 2012
The just-concluded AALS Annual Meeting brought several Tax Profs into leadership roles:
- AALS Section on Administrative Law: Kristin Hickman (Minnesota), Member, Executive Committee
- AALS Section on Taxation: Jim Repetti (Boston College), Chair; Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan), Chair-Elect; and Miranda Perry Fleischer (Colorado), Member, Executive Committee.
- AALS Section on Trusts & Estates: Laura Rosenbury (Washington University), Chair; Bill LaPiana (New York Law School), Chair-Elect; Al Brophy (North Carolina), Secretary; and Iris Goodwin (Tennessee), Treasurer.
- AALS Section on Women in Legal Education: Bridget Crawford (Pace), Chair-Elect.
- CALI (Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction): Paul Caron (Cincinnati), Vice-President, Board of Directors.