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How Taxpayers in DC and its Suburbs Would Fare Under the New Tax Law

As Tax Policy Center analyses have shown, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) treats people of similar incomes in very different ways, depending...

Scharff Presents Green Fees: Pricing Externalities Under State Law Today At BYU

Erin Scharff (Arizona State) presents Green Fees: The Challenge of Pricing Externalities under State Law at BYU today as part of its Tax Policy Colloquium Series hosted by Cliff Fleming and Gladriel Shobe: Policymakers at the state and local level are increasingly interested in using market-based pricing mechanisms as regulatory...

Socratic Artificial Intelligence Is Changing The Face Of Legal Knowledge

Law Practice Management, Socratic AI Is Changing the Face of Legal Knowledge: I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think. —attributed to Socrates Law is a science, and … all the available materials of that science are contained in printed books… —Christopher C. Langdell, Speech at Harvard...

6 reasons to file your federal tax return early

One week from today, on Monday, Jan. 29, the Internal Revenue Service will begin accepting 2017 tax year returns. Some folks have already filed, including for free via Free File, which actually opened on Jan. 12. Others, however, will...Show More Summary

Four Ways Law Firms Could Game The New Tax Law (But Probably Shouldn’t)

Following up on my previous posts (links below): Law.com, 4 Ways Law Firms Could Game the New Tax Law (But Probably Shouldn’t): As businesses everywhere take stock of the new U.S. tax law, both law firms and individual lawyers are asking: What’s in it for us? Despite the uncertainty that...

Oei: The Trouble With Gig Talk — Choice Of Narrative And Worker Classification

Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College), The Trouble with Gig Talk: Choice of Narrative and the Worker Classification Fights, 81 Law & Contemp. Probs. ___ (2018): The term “sharing economy” is flawed, but are the alternatives any better? This Essay evaluates the uses of competing narratives to describe the business model employed...

How to Be Patriotic, Tax Style

Supporters of the tax break handout to corporations are gloating over the announcement by Apple that its planned activities over the next five years will “contribute” more than $250 billion to the U.S. economy. There is nothing in the...Show More Summary

Lesson From The Tax Court: Treasury Regulations And The APA

No doubt there is a lot of dirty bathwater in the Treasury Regulations, codified in title 26 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The upside of the current administration’s anti-regulation focus is that it is allows Treasury to prioritize scrubbing unneeded regulations. Treasury reported on its progress in October...

Gender Bias In Economics Textbooks

Following up on my previous posts: Women Economists Face A 'Toxic' Work Environment (Aug. 22, 2017) NY Times: Women Force A Reckoning Over Bias In Economics (Jan. 12, 2018) Inside Higher Ed, Gender Bias, by the Numbers: New study says economics textbooks underrepresent women in both real-life and imagined examples...

WSJ: Small Colleges Take Big Hit From New Endowment Tax

Wall Street Journal, Which Colleges Will Have to Pay Taxes on Their Endowment? Your Guess Might Not Be Right: The Juilliard School, New York’s magnet for aspiring artists, is bracing for a 1.4% tax on income from its $1 billion endowment. Three miles away, Columbia University and its $10 billion...

TaxProf Blog Weekend Roundup

Saturday: This Week's Ten Most Popular TaxProf Blog Posts A Law School Dean's Oscars Preview: Darkest Hour Holderness: The Next Tax Reform — Internet Sales Tax Pepperdine Hosts 3rd Annual Southern California Trial Lawyers Conference On Jan. 27 Sunday: Colker: Stop Banning Laptops In Law School Classrooms! The Big Winners...

7 Reasons You Might Have Been Turned Down For A Refund Anticipation Loan

Some taxpayers use a tax Refund Anticipation Loan (RAL) to bridge the gap between the first of the year and mid-to-late February. Sometimes, you'll get turned down. If you've been turned down for a tax refund-related loan, it might have been for one of these reasons.

Shutdown won't halt passports, but big IRS bill could

Photo courtesy Mike via Flickr CC Even though the federal government is shut down, one thing U.S. travelers heading overseas don't have to worry about is getting a passport. The U.S. Department of State says it will continue to issue the blue-bound international travel documents. Show More Summary

Colker: Stop Banning Laptops In Law School Classrooms!

Ruth Colker (Ohio State), Universal Design: Stop Banning Laptops!, 39 Cardozo L. Rev. 483 (2017): Banning laptops in the classroom constitutes a needless barrier to academic performance that is increasingly common at the university level. In this article, I review the existing literature that is cited to support laptop bans...

Ask The Taxgirl: When Do The New Tax Law Changes Go Into Effect?

It's Ask The Taxgirl! Today, we tackle the new tax law and the effective dates.

The Big Winners In Apple's Tax Bonanaza: Shareholders

Following up on Thursday's post, Apple To Pay $38 Billion In Taxes To Bring Cash Hoard Back To U.S. And Build U.S. Campus: Wall Street Journal, Apple’s Big Cash Winners: Shareholders: Apple announced a $38 billion tax windfall for the U.S. government this week, but the biggest beneficiary of the...

Feldman: Law Profs Should Blog, Not Tweet

Following up on my previous posts: Carissa Byrne Hessick (North Carolina), Towards a Series of Academic Norms for #LawProf Twitter (Jan. 12, 2018) Derek Muller (Pepperdine), The Rise and Fall of My Use of Twitter (Jan. 16, 2018) Noah Feldman (Harvard), Twitter's Not a Great Place for Legal Advice: We...

This Week's Ten Most Popular TaxProf Blog Posts

NY Times: An Einstein For The Subway? A Lawyer — 'B' Student At BU Law School — Suggests A ‘Genius’ Fix Deborah Merritt (Ohio State), Faculty Salaries And The Extraordinary Cost Of Research At A Top 25 Law School Jerry Organ (St. Thomas), Updated Analysis Of Law School Attrition Data...

How will the federal government shutdown of 2018 compare to prior closures?

And so it begins. Uncle Sam is out of money, forcing closure today of many federal operations. How long will this latest government shutdown last? Based on prior shutdowns, it could be just today, or this could drag out for weeks. National park properties, such as the National Mall west of the U.S. Show More Summary

A Law School Dean's Oscars Preview: Darkest Hour

Ncholas W. Allard (Dean Brooklyn), Reel Law: After the Darkest Hour, What Is Next?: A Democracy in peril depends on leadership, a free press, and the willingness of the governed to abide by the rule of law. As the Hollywood awards season rolls into high gear, theaters near you showcase...

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