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Hayashi & Murphy:Savings Externalities In A Second-Best World

Andrew T. Hayashi (Virginia) & Daniel Patrick Murphy (Virginia), Savings Externalities in a Second-Best World: The debate among legal scholars about individuals’ failure to save enough for retirement happens on a “micro” level. It focuses on the causes and consequences of undersaving from the perspective of individuals and analyzes how...

The Atticus Finch Effect: Has Trump Made Attorneys (And Law Schools) Popular Again?

Following up on my previous posts (links below): My Northwest, The Atticus Effect: Has Trump Made Attorneys Popular Again?: Kellye Testy knew perceptions had shifted when, purely by accident, she bumped into a couple of her former students while having dinner in Seattle. Testy, dean of the University of Washington...

The Case of the Louisianan with a High Tax Bill

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What Does the IRS Have On You?

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Soled:The $250 Billion Price Tag Associated With Gift Tax Repeal

Jay A. Soled (Rutgers), The $250 Billion Price Tag Associated with Gift Tax Repeal, 154 Tax Notes 429 (2017): For close to a century, many commentators, academics, and politicians have considered the gift tax as an important backstop to preserve the integrity of the nation’s estate tax. Indeed, in the...

Iowa, North Carolina Bills Would Require 'Partisan Balance' In Faculty Hiring

Chronicle of Higher Education, Iowa Bill Would Force Universities to Consider Political Affiliation in Faculty Hiring: Iowa’s public universities would have to base faculty-hiring decisions on applicants’ political-party affiliations under a bill pending before the State Senate’s Education Committee. The measure, SF 288, would require the state’s three public universities...

Kara Getz Named Democratic Chief Counsel For House Ways & Means Committee

House Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) announced yesterday that Kara Getz has been named Chief Counsel for the committee: “I have known Kara for many years and I am happy to welcome her back to the House in this Chief Counsel role,” said Ranking Member Neal....

What will your bar tax bill be on Margarita Day 2017?

It's National Margarita Day! Each Feb. 22, the focus is on appreciating this popular tequila-based cocktail. I'm in Texas, specifically Austin, which is the drinking-est town I've ever lived in -- not judging, just observing! -- so truth be told today is no different from the other 364 here. Show More Summary

Snuggies Are Blankets, Not Garments, For Tax Purposes

Prior Probability, The Snuggies Case: Have you seen those cheesy infomercials for Snuggies, those wearable fleece coverings–blankets with sleeves? Now, as a matter of tax law, is a Snuggie more like a blanket or more like a garment? (Blankets are subject to a lower import tax than articles of clothing...

Lawyers Could Be The Next Profession To Be Replaced By Computers

CNBC, Lawyers Could be the Next Profession to be Replaced by Computers: Technology is often blamed for destroying traditional working-class jobs in sectors like manufacturing and retail. But blue collar jobs aren't the only ones at risk. The legal profession — tradition-bound and labor-heavy — is on the cusp of...

The Border Adjustable Tax Can’t Shrink The Trade Deficit and Produce Trillions In New Revenue

Lawmakers who back a border adjustable tax make two fundamental arguments: The new levy will raise massive amounts of revenue to help pay for business...

Tax Roundup, 2/22/17: Iowa capital gain rule, trusts, and participation. Also: silence and scams in the links!

QSST! Iowa has one weird trick a rule that allows a small group of taxpayers to exclude gains on certain business […]

IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ Tax Scams For 2017 Include ID Theft & Bogus Refunds

Each year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issues a list of common tax schemes and scams they call the "Dirty Dozen." Taxpayers can fall victim to these scams at any time but they tend to peak during tax filing season. Here's a summary of this year's "Dirty Dozen."

Can Your Girlfriend’s Child Be Your Dependent?

Is it possible for the child of a taxpayer’s girlfriend, or boyfriend, to be the taxpayer’s dependent? Though one’s first reaction might be to say no, the answer is yes. How can that be? One answer can be found in a recent case, Walker v. Show More Summary

Should New York State Give President Trump’s Federal Tax Returns To Congress?

Balkinization: Does New York State Have a Copy of President Trump’s Federal Returns?, by Gregory Klass (Georgetown): There has been a lot of talk about the new role state attorneys general have been taking on as a check on federal overreach.... There is something else state attorneys general might...

Lawyers For Adelsons, Magbanua Attack Prosecution's Case Against Their Clients In Dan Markel Murder

Orlando Sun Sentinel, 'That's What We Went to Go Kill That Man For': New Details Emerge in FSU Professor's Killing: No one in the Adelson family has been arrested or charged in the case. The family, through its attorneys, has denied any involvement in Markel's death. "There is a reason...

Racism In The Legal Academy: A Tale Of Two Professors

Racism In Academia (Not A Breaking Story), by LawProfBlawg (Anonymous Professor, Top 100 Law School): This is a story of a traditional law school. It is a story I have heard many times at law professor gatherings around the country. It’s a story, which, while not true as a whole,...

ABA Tax Section Publishes New Issue Of Tax Times

The ABA Tax Section has published 36 Tax Times No. 2 (Feb. 2017): FROM THE CHAIR Interesting Times By William H. Caudill, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Houston, TX As I write this column, we are well into the Tax Section’s 2016–2017 year. I am pleased that we have made good...

The Forbes 2017 Retirement Guide

Advice on investing, the best places to live in retirement and structuring your income to avoid tax and Medicare premium penalties.

IRS releases Applicable Federal Rates (AFR) for March 2017

The IRS has issued (Rev. Rul. 2017-07) the minimum required interest rates for loans made in March 2017: -Short-Term (demand loans and […]

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