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Senate Holds Hearing Today On Lessons From The 1986 Tax Reform

February 10th, 2015 (No Comments)

The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing today on Getting to Yes on Tax Reform: What Lessons Can Congress Learn from the Tax Reform Act of 1986?: Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Ron Wyden (D-OR) Bob Packwood (Former Chair, Senate Finance Committee) Bill Bradley (Former Member, Senate Finance Committee) Press and blogosphere…

WSJ: Avoid These 12 Tax Traps This Filing Season

February 10th, 2015 (No Comments)

Wall Street Journal Tax Report: Don’t Fall Into a Tax Trap: These Hidden Hazards Can Cost Taxpayers Money—or Get Them in Trouble With the IRS, by Laura Saunders: With taxes, what you don’t know can hurt you. … These errors aren’t the obvious bloopers that cause trouble, such as entering…

The Legal Profession: From ‘The Best And The Brightest’ To ‘Dumb And Dumber’?

February 10th, 2015 (No Comments)

The American Lawyer: Best and Brightest? Or Dumb and Dumber?, by Vivia Chen: No one wants to admit it, but there’s a whiff of anxiety that the legal field is dumbing down. The source of this angst? The steep decline in law school applicants. Not since 1973, when there were…

Why Do Developing Countries Tax So Little?

February 10th, 2015 (No Comments)

Timothy Besley (London School of Economics) & Torsten Persson (Stockholm University), Why Do Developing Countries Tax So Little?, 28 J. Econ. Perspectives 99 (Fall 2014): Low-income countries typically collect taxes of between 10 to 20 percent of GDP while the average for high-income countries is more like 40 percent. In…

The IRS Scandal, Day 642

February 10th, 2015 (No Comments)

Washington Times, New Emails Show IRS Delayed Witness Interview in Criminal Probe: Lawyers for the Internal Revenue Service attempted to stall a criminal investigation by waiting nearly a month before giving an agency employee permission to meet with investigators, despite the employee’s willingness to testify, emails showed. The emails, obtained…

Moneyball, The Super Bowl, And Faculty Hiring

February 9th, 2015 (No Comments)

Following up on Friday’s post on Faculty Scholarship Rankings and Law School Success: Bloomberg View: Would You Hire the Super Bowl Hero?, by Virginia Postrel: When was the last time your talent-hungry organization hired the equivalent of Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, the undrafted rookie who came out of the…

University of New South Wales Issues Call for 2015 Tax Research Fellows

February 9th, 2015 (No Comments)

The School of Taxation and Business Law (TBL) at the University of New South Wales, Australia, will offer several Atax Research Fellowships ($7,500) in taxation, business law and related disciplines in 2015. Research Fellows normally spend four weeks working at TBL on a mutually agreed area of research. The preferred…

NYU Hosts Book Discussion With Eugene Steuerle on How to Restore Fiscal Freedom and Rescue Our Future

February 9th, 2015 (No Comments)

The NYU Graduate Tax Program hosts a discussion today with C. Eugene Steuerle (Urban Institute) on his book, Dead Men Ruling: How to Restore Fiscal Freedom and Rescue Our Future (2014): Eugene Steuerle argues that these seemingly separable economic and political problems are actually symptoms of a common disease, one…

Johnston: Obama and Congress Offer Bogus Rhetoric on Tax Reform

February 9th, 2015 (No Comments)

Al Jazeera: Obama and Congress Offer Bogus Rhetoric on Tax Reform: Tax Proposals Favor Political Donor Class at the Expense of Ordinary Americans , by David Cay Johnston (Syracuse): Considering all the talk in Washington about “tax reform,” you might think serious work is underway to adapt our century-old federal…

Taylor: Diversity as a Law School Survival Strategy

February 9th, 2015 (No Comments)

Aaron N. Taylor (St. Louis), Diversity as a Law School Survival Strategy (press release): Over the past few years, law schools have been dealing with a drastic and, so far, unyielding decline in student interest. Between 2010 and 2013, student enrollments fell almost 25%, to levels not seen in 40…

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