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The Law School Lateral Hiring Network

Ryan Whalen (Dalhousie), Law School Lateral Hiring: The network contains data on 245 schools, with 912 directed, weighted hiring links between them. The top 10 schools by laterals hired are: Harvard 25 NYU 25 UC-Irvine 23 Northwestern 20 Florida State 18 Drexel 17 Minnesota 17 Virginia 17 Alabama 16 UC-Berkeley...

Blank, Osofsky & Zelenak On Tax Simplexity

Joshua D. Blank (NYU) & Leigh Osofsky (Miami), Simplexity: Plain Language and the Tax Law, 66 Emory L.J. 189 (2017): In recent years, federal government agencies have increasingly attempted to use plain language in written communications with the public. The Plain Writing Act of 2010, for instance, requires agencies to...

The IRS Scandal, Day 1377:Republicans Still Want IRS Chief's Head

Washington Examiner, Republicans Still Want IRS Chief's Head: Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, became the latest GOP lawmaker to call for IRS Commissioner John Koskinen's head. "Frankly, in my view, he's the most corrupt IRS commissioner that I've ever dealt with," Brady said on Monday. He "continues...

NY Times:Haunted By Student Debt Past Age 50

New York Times editorial, Haunted by Student Debt Past Age 50: The experience of being crushed by student debt is no longer limited to the young. New federal data shows millions of Americans who are retired or nearing retirement face this burden, as well as the possibility of having their...

15 Expenses Many Taxpayers Think They Can – But Actually Can’t – Claim As Tax Deductions

Most tax deductions can be applied fairly consistently with some occasional exceptions. But for most of us, the rules are pretty straightforward. Here's a list 15 expenses that you likely can’t deduct on your individual federal income tax return:

3 charitable ways to celebrate Valentine's Day

Have you finalized your Valentine's Day plans? Good for you, you fool for love! Hey, I'm not judging. I'm just not that much of a romantic. That's why Valentine's Day is not that big of a deal in our household. Except for an exchange of cards, with the hubby and I each giving the other one humorous and one sentimental Hallmark greeting, Feb. Show More Summary

Comparing the Static and Dynamic Effects of Tax Reform on After-Tax Incomes

There are different ways of assessing the benefits of tax reform. The conventional approach is to simply calculate how much families will save in taxes. While this is certainly what taxpayers most interested in, the sheer dollar amount...Show More Summary

Second thoughts on Iowa pass-through Sec. 179 guidance?

The Iowa Department of Revenue’s FAQ page for Sec. 179 de-coupling guidance is shorter this afternoon than it was when […]

Polsky Presents Elite Tax Professionals Behaving Badly Today At UC-Irvine

Gregg Polsky (Georgia) presents Elite Tax Professionals Behaving Badly: The Sad and Sordid Management Fee Waiver Saga at UC-Irvine today as part of its Tax Law and Policy Colloquium Series hosted by Omri Marian: For at least the past 15 years, many private equity fund managers have used a technique—known...

Call For Tax Papers:First Mid-Atlantic Junior Faculty Forum

Mid-Atlantic Junior Faculty Forum: Call for Papers: The University of Richmond School of Law invites submissions for the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Junior Faculty Forum. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. Overview This new workshop will bring together junior law scholars...

Tax Roundup, 2/13/17: Iowa’s first uncoupling guidance. Also: IRS farm syndicate fight, and more in the links.

Cheer up, it could be even worse. The Iowa Department of Revenue issued its first guidance on reporting 2016 taxes in […]

A revised TPC calculator shows the tax costs—or benefits—of marriage

As St. Valentine’s Day rolls around this year, the Tax Policy Center has once again done its part for romance by rolling out a completely...

A Tax I Did Not Know Existed

A reader alerted me to this story about a tax that once existed, that I think no longer exists, and that I did not know existed. It was a tax imposed by Montana on bachelors. Curious, I did a bit of research.A fellow named William Atzinger, age 35, refused to pay the $3 tax that Montana imposed on bachelors. Show More Summary

Mini-Symposium:The Future Of Tax Administration And Enforcement

Christopher J. Walker, Surly Subgroup Mini-Symposium on The Future of Tax Administration and Enforcement, Yale J. on Reg.: Notice & Comment (Feb. 11, 2017): W. Edward Afield (Georgia State), Applying Offer-in-Compromise Principles to Student Loan Repayment (Jan. 27, 2017) Samuel D. Brunson (Loyola-Chicago), Privacy Is Dead: Crowdsourcing Tax Enforcement (Jan....

TaxJazz: The Tax Literacy Project

Marjorie Kornhasuer (Tulane), TaxJazz: The Tax Literacy Project: TaxJazz provides individuals with non-partisan, non-technical, accessible tax information to help people participate in discussions about tax policy and problems facing the nation. TaxJazz already addresses basic tax questions, such as: Why do we have taxes? Are there any legal constraints on...

Christians Presents Human Rights At The Borders Of Tax Sovereignty Today At NYU

Allison Christians (McGill) presents Human Rights at the Borders of Tax Sovereignty at NYU today as part of its Tax Policy Colloquium Series hosted by Daniel Shaviro and Rosanne Altshuler: Tax scholarship typically presumes the state's power to tax and therefore rarely concerns itself with analyzing which relationships between...

ACTEC Law Journal Exclusive Review

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Law Journal will be conducting exclusive reviews over the next few weeks. Any contribution submitted to the ACTEC Law Journal between February 13, 2017 and February 28, 2017 will be evaluated for publication purposes within four (4) business days of submission. By...

TaxProf Blog Weekend Roundup

Saturday: This Week's Ten Most Popular TaxProf Blog Posts Merritt: Law School Rankings Drive Inequitable Merit Scholarship Awards Rochester B-School Prof Sentenced To Prison For Hiding Assets In Swiss Accounts, Evading Taxes College Endowment Returns Sink To Their Lowest Level Since The Financial Crisis Syracuse Law Dean, Raised By Adoptive...

Law School Naming Rights Settlement Falls Apart, As University Of Houston, South Texas Head To Mediation

Following up on my previous posts (links below): Houston Chronicle, Law School Naming Feud Heads to Mediation: A preliminary deal over naming rights between Houston's battling law schools formally fell apart Wednesday, with lawyers asking a federal judge to send them into mediation. The dissolution of the talks comes as...

Mnuchin's tax promise looks like it was made to be broken

Donald Trump has promised to deliver in a few weeks a tax plan that would "lower the overall tax burden on American businesses big league." The effusive description notwithstanding, some corporate tax reform would be welcome. It's long been accepted that the U.S. Show More Summary

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