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Two More Suits Filed to Block Seattle’s New Income Tax

Seattle Times, Two More Suits Filed to Block Seattle’s New Income Tax: More than a dozen Seattle residents represented by the conservative Freedom Foundation sued the city Wednesday over its new income tax on wealthy households. In addition, five residents whose legal team includes former Republican state Attorney General Rob...

At The Movies With A Law School Dean: The Big Sick

Nick Allard (Dean, Brooklyn) reviews The Big Sick: This morning I enjoyed the fascinating experience of meeting our two dozen plus newest LLM students from all over the world; meaning five continents because, this year Australia is unrepresented and, though warming, Antarctica is still too cold to harvest lawyers for...

Weekly SSRN Tax Article Review And Roundup

This week, Erin Scharff (Arizona State) reviews a recent article by Steven A. Bank (UCLA), When Did Tax Avoidance Become Respectable: The title of Steven Bank’s recent article asks a provocative question: “When Did Tax Avoidance Become Respectable?” Interested readers may be relieved to know that Bank also addresses other...

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

ABA Journal, Northwestern's law school says it will accept the GRE as an entrance test American Bar Association Accreditation Standard 405(c) Symposium, 66 J. Legal Educ. 538-652 (2017) Vikram Amar (Dean. Illinois), A Guided Tour Through The Debate Over Changing The ABA Employment Data Form Shima Baradaran Baughman (Utah), The...

Tax Policy In The Trump Administration

The Atlantic, Why Republicans Can't Just Pivot to Tax Reform Bloomberg, Cohn Says Tax Writers Have to Get Corporate Rate Below 23% Bloomberg, France and Germany Plan Tax Crackdown on U.S. Tech Giants CNN, How Tax Reform Could Hit Charitable Giving Forbes, The Better Way Tax Plan Forbes, What Will...

4 tax tips for new businesses

You’ve had enough of being a wage slave. It’s time to start your own business. That means it’s also time to consider the tax implications of becoming your own boss. Here are four tax matters to think about as you plan your move from the corporate cubicle to your own self-employed suite. Show More Summary

The Future Of A Once-Doomed Law School Is Brighter Thanks To Trump Administration

The Atlantic, The Future of a Once-Doomed Law School: The For-profit Charlotte School of Law Could Be Saved by Trump-era Regulatory Rollbacks: Earlier this year, it appeared as though the Charlotte School of Law would have to close its doors. The for-profit school, which had long suffered from poor bar-passage...

What Can I Buy At a Tax Sale?

Most adults have probably seen or heard the phrase “tax sale,” and some probably have an idea of what that means. Others surely know what it means. Simply put, when a taxpayer has failed to pay real property taxes assessed on a parcel of real estate, the taxing jurisdiction puts either the property up for sale or sells a lien on the property. Show More Summary

Applicants Plunged 52%, And Acceptance Rates Increased 20%, At Non-T14 Law Schools From 2008 To 2016

U.S. News & World Report, Less Competitive Law School Admissions a Boon for Applicants: U.S. News data reveal that the average number of applicants at the top 14 schools in the Best Law Schools rankings was 20.6 percent lower for the entering class of 2016 than it was for the...

Pittsburgh Seeks To Hire A Tax Prof

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law invites applications for a tenure-stream position, beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year, to teach courses in the tax area. The successful candidate will become an integral part of Pitt Law’s tax program, which includes a Tax Law Concentration, a Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, and...

More On Using The GRE In Law School Admissions

Daily Pennsylvanian, Penn Law Is Not Changing its Admissions Policy, Even as Other Schools Make the LSAT Optional National Law Journal op-ed: GRE as a Valid LSAT Alternative Requires Long-Term Study, by Kellye Testy (President & CEO, Law School Admission Council) New York Times, More Law Schools Begin Accepting GRE...

Editorial: Madam President, Abolish The Soda Tax

Chicago Tribune editorial, Madam President, Abolish the Soda Tax: Cook County's soda tax turned one week old on Wednesday. Happy birthday! Not exactly. County officials knew the penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages was unpopular, but we suspect they underestimated the public wrath it would provoke once shoppers saw how much...

The 3-2-1 on economic growth: Hope for 3, plan for 2, pray it isn’t 1

How fast will the US economy grow? When mainstream forecasters consult their crystal balls, they typically see real economic growth around 2 percent annually over...

Chicago-area soda tax angers consumers, while Philly's similar levy may be driving those folks to drink beer

I’ve mentioned in few posts already this month that it’s hot. Here in Central Texas, we’re in a stretch of triple-digit temperatures that are breaking records every day. That’s why our pantry is full of Cokes — that’s Texan for any kind of soft drink — and bottled water, since I like the carbonated kind. Show More Summary

NYU Tax Law Review Publishes New Issue

The Tax Law Review has published a new issue (Vol. 70, No. 1 (Winter 2017)): Deborah H. Schenk (NYU; Editor in Chief, Tax Law Review), In Memoriam: George E. Zeitlin, 70 Tax L. Rev. 177 (2017) Leo Schmolka (NYU), George E. Zeitlin: Dear Friend, Colleague, and Mentor, 70 Tax L....

U.S. News Law School Rankings: Part-Time Applicants

U.S. News & World Report, 10 Law Schools That Draw Part-Time Applicants: For the top 10 schools, the average number of applications was 602 for fall 2016. The average among all 103 schools was around 183. Below are the 10 schools that received the most part-time law school applications for...

Hatfield Wins University Of Washington 2017 Faculty Scholarship Award

Michael Hatfield Receives 2017 Faculty Scholarship Award: The University of Washington School of Law awarded professor Michael Hatfield with the School’s 2017 Faculty Scholarship Award. Presented by the dean of UW Law for exceptionally strong scholarship, the award recognized Hatfield’s article, Cybersecurity and Tax Reform. Forthcoming in the Indiana Law...

Which States Benefit Most from the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction?

Earlier this week, we reported that the Trump administration may consider reducing the cap on the home mortgage interest deduction from a maximum of $1 million acquisition debt to $500,000. We estimated that this proposal could raise as much as $95 billion to $300 billion over the next decade, depending on how the cap is […]

Raskolnikov: The Law And Economics of Variable Sanctions

Alex Raskolnikov (Columbia), Six Degrees of Graduation: Law and Economics of Variable Sanctions, 43 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 1015 (2016): From parking tickets to tax fines and punitive damages, legal sanctions matter in people’s lives. Yet neither the legal nor the economics literature offers a comprehensive treatment of sanctions....

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