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Seto Presents Preference-Shifting and Optimal Tax Theory Today at UCLA

February 12th, 2015 (No Comments)

Theodore P. Seto (Loyola-L.A.) presents Some Implications of Preference-Shifting for Optimal Tax Theory at UCLA today as part of its Colloquium on Tax Policy and Public Finance hosted by Jason Oh and Alexander Wu: This paper is part of a larger project: to explore the extent to which the claims…

The Tax Lawyer Publishes New Issue

February 12th, 2015 (No Comments)

The Tax Lawyer has published Vol. 68, No. 1 (Fall 2014): In Memoriam: Hugh Calkins, 68 Tax Law. 1 (2014) 75th Anniversary Compendium—Section History Armando Gomez (Skadden, Washington, D.C.), The Tax Section at 75 (Foreword), 68 Tax Law. 15 (2014) Phillip L. Mann (Miller & Chevalier, Washington, D.C.), A Brief…

2015 National Tax Moot Court Competition Results

February 12th, 2015 (No Comments)

Here are the results of the 2015 National Tax Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Florida Bar Tax Section: Charleston Liberty Baltimore Florida Best Brief: Texas Tech (runner-up: Suffolk) Best Oralist: Hank Young (Charleston) For more, see Charleston Law Wins the National Tax Moot Court Competition for the 4th Year…

Zolt: Politics and Taxation

February 12th, 2015 (No Comments)

Eric M. Zolt (UCLA), Politics and Taxation: An Introduction, 67 Tax L. Rev. 453 (2014): This essay provides some observations about the relationship of politics and taxation and reviews the articles and commentaries that were prepared for the Third Annual NYU/UCLA Tax Policy Conference on Politics and Taxation held in…

Lawyers See Big Pay Growth After First 10 Years of Career

February 12th, 2015 (No Comments)

Washington Post, Your Lifetime Earnings Are Probably Determined in Your 20s: A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York sends a … sobering message to millennials: Your first 10 years in the labor market likely shape your lifetime earning potential. … For the average person … earnings…

Gerzog: What’s Wrong with a Federal Inheritance Tax?

February 12th, 2015 (No Comments)

Wendy C. Gerzog (Baltimore), What’s Wrong with a Federal Inheritance Tax?, 49 Real Prop. Tr. & Est. L.J. 163 (2014) : Scholars have proposed a federal inheritance tax as an alternative to the current federal transfer tax system, but there are serious flaws with that idea. Those problems include: (1)…

Tax Rates and Corporate Decision Making

February 12th, 2015 (No Comments)

John Graham (Duke), Michelle Hanlon (MIT), Terry Shevlin (UC-Irvine) & Nemit Shroff (MIT), Tax Rates and Corporate Decision Making: We provide evidence consistent with many firms exhibiting behavioral biases (heuristics, salience) when incorporating taxes into their decision processes. For example, we find that many firms employ the more salient average…

The IRS Scandal, Day 644

February 12th, 2015 (No Comments)

American Thinker, Administration Stonewalling on Releasing IRS Docs Breitbart, Obama Administration Stonewalls Release of 500 IRS Tea Party Targeting Documents Hot Air, Obama Administration Stonewalls FOIA Request on IRS Targeting Scandal Investor’s Business Daily, Apparently Obama’s ‘Anger’ Has Faded Over IRS Abuse News Max, Obama Administration Refuses to Release IRS…

Kleinbard: Why Corporate Tax Reform Can Happen

February 11th, 2015 (No Comments)

Edward Kleinbard (USC), Why Corporate Tax Reform Can Happen: This brief essay explains in an informal way to nonspecialists what the stakes are for corporate tax reform and why such reform is more politically feasible than most observers believe. The essay emphasizes the central importance of international tax design as…

ABA ‘Encourages’ Law Schools to Offer Debt Counseling to Students

February 11th, 2015 (No Comments)

ABA Journal, Counsel Young Lawyers About Debt, ABA Policymakers Urge Law Schools and Bar Groups: The ABA House of Delegates unanimously adopted a resolution on Monday urging law schools and bar associations to counsel young attorneys on student loan debt. Resolution 106 urges law schools to provide “comprehensive debt counseling…

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