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In Praise of the Debate Over The Border Adjustable Tax

In Praise Of The Debate Over The Border Adjustable Tax With all the talk of fake news and alternative facts, it mostly has been a...

Tax Roundup, 2/24/17: College Savings Iowa 2017 deduction limit set at $3,239. And: great links!

College isn’t getting any cheaper. Iowa has updated the maximum deduction amount for contributions to the College Savings Iowa Section 529 […]

Ignorance in the Face of Facts

A recent survey by the Public Policy Institute of California reveals how the spread of misinformation through social media has contributed to the inability of Americans to distinguish fact from fiction. The survey asked people in California to identify the largest areas of state spending. Show More Summary

Fleischer Presents Subsidizing Charity Liberally Today At Columbia

Miranda Perry Fleischer (San Diego) presents Subsidizing Charity Liberally at Columbia today as part of its Public Law Workshop Series hosted by David Pozen: When visiting America over 150 years ago, Alexis De Tocqueville was amazed by the role of charities in American society. Since De Tocqueville’s visit, the sector’s...

Desai & Kleinbard:A Workable Compromise For The Release Of President Trump's Tax Information

Following up on my previous posts (links below): Washington Post op-ed: A Win-Win Path to Getting the Trump Tax Information That Really Matters, by Mihir Desai (Harvard) & Edward Kleinbard (USC): President Trump’s spokespeople have made it perfectly obvious that he will not release his federal income tax returns during...

Pew:How Governments Support Higher Education Through The Tax Code

Pew Charitable Trusts, How Governments Support Higher Education Through the Tax Code (2017): To maximize the impact of higher education investments and achieve desired policy goals, policymakers should have knowledge of the full range of assistance provided to institutions and students. This means having an understanding of the billions of...

Minnesota Law Prof Francesco Parisi Accused Of Rape; His Lawyer Denies The Charges

Brian Leiter (Chicago) has blogged the rape allegations against Minnesota law professor Francesco Parisi, whose lawyer denies the charges. Minneapolis Star Tribune has the details in U Law School Prof Charged With Sex Assault, Stalking; Lawyer Said the 55-Year-Old Woman Has "Zero Evidence" of Her Accusations: A University of Minnesota...

Osofsky Presents Regulating By Example Today At Duke

Leigh Osofsky (Miami) presents Regulating by Example, 35 Yale J. on Reg. ___ (2017) (with Susan C. Morse (Texas)), at Duke today as part of its Tax Policy Workshop Series hosted by Lawrence Zelenak: Agency regulations are full of examples. Regulated parties and their advisors parse the examples to develop...

Religious freedom is not a valid tax evasion defense

Although separation of church and state is a key constitutional tenet in the operation of the United States government, God regularly plays an unofficial role at tax filing time. There are those folks who take his name in vain as they struggle with a particularly complex part of the tax code. Show More Summary

10 Ways To (Mostly) Avoid A Tax Audit

It's tax season. If you have anxiety about your tax return, here are 10 ways to lower the odds of getting audited this tax season.

Mehrotra Presents Law, Politics And The Rise Of Progressive Taxation (1877-1929) Tonight At UNLV

Ajay Mehrotra (American Bar Foundation & Northwestern) delivers the Philip Pro Lectures in Legal History at UNLV tonight on Making the Modern American Fiscal State: Law, Politics, and the Rise of Progressive Taxation, 1877-1929 (Cambridge University Press, 2013) (reviews) (awards): At the turn of the twentieth century, the U.S. system...

Testimony: Tax Reform Proposals in Maine

Testimony to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs Senators Hamper and Dow, Representatives Gattine and Tipping, and distinguished members of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial...Show More Summary

IRS Audit Rate Of Individuals (0.7%), Businesses (0.5%) Falls To 10+ Year Lows Due To Budget Cuts

Wall Street Journal, IRS Audits of Individuals Drop for Fifth Straight Year: U.S. tax audits of individuals declined for the fifth straight year in 2016 to reach the lowest level since 2003, showing the effects of budget cuts at the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS, which has lost 30% of...

Stanford Provost:Academia Is Its Own Worst Enemy

John Etchemendy (Provost (2000-2017), Stanford), The Threat From Within: Universities are under attack, both from outside and from within.... But I’m actually more worried about the threat from within. Over the years, I have watched a growing intolerance at universities in this country — not intolerance along racial or...

Ivanka Trump Jewelry Licensee Hit With Tax Lien

A tax warrant has been filed against Madison Avenue Diamonds LLC T/A Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry by the State of New York on January 27, 2017, for allegedly not remitting sales tax.

A Proposal to Simplify Ohio’s Local Income Tax Compliance

A few weeks ago, we covered Ohio Governor John Kasich’s budget proposal here. One provision that deserves its own additional attention is his plan to simplify municipal income tax collection, because the proposal is a thoughtful attempt to reduce compliance costs in Ohio’s worst-structured tax. Show More Summary

Tax Roundup, 2/23/17: You can have a friend, or you can have a bad debt. Also: Kansas tax veto, Coast Guard pay, more in the links!

With friends like this, who needs deductions? When you lose money on in investment, a business bad debt deduction for the […]

Camp & Thuronyi:An IRS Whistleblower Could Release Trump's Tax Return To Congress Under § 6103(f)

Following up on my previous posts (links below): Forbes, Disclosing President Trump's Tax Returns - An Unconventional Idea, by Bryan Camp (Texas Tech) & Victor Thuronyi (former Lead Counsel, (Taxation), IMF): Lots of folks want to see Donald Trump’s tax returns. Conventional wisdom is that the returns cannot be disclosed...

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...

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