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Houston Hosts Moot Court National Championship This Weekend

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The University of Houston Law Center hosts the Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship this weekend. The sixteen law schools with the most highly ranked moot court programs are competing over an international tax problem.

The IRS Scandal, Day 625

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OpenSecrets.org, In the Garden of Dark Money, the Thorny Case of Rosebush Corp.: Ever since news broke in 2013 that the IRS had targeted the exemption applications of tea party and some other politically-oriented groups for extra scrutiny, conventional wisdom had it that the agency throws up roadblocks for organizations…

80% of Provosts Favor Civility as Factor in Faculty Hiring and Tenure Decisions

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Inside Higher Ed, 2015 Survey of Chief Academic Officers: A majority of provosts are concerned about declining faculty civility in American higher education. And a large majority of provosts believe that civility is a legitimate criterion in hiring and evaluating faculty members. Generally, the provosts are confident that faculty members…

Weekly Tax Roundup

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Rosanne Altshuler (Rutgers), Stephen Shay (Harvard), Eric Toder (Tax Policy Center), Lessons the United States Can Learn From Other Countries’ Territorial Systems for Taxing Income of Multinational Corporations (more here) Bloomberg, Furman Defends Obama’s Repeal of College-Savings Tax Break Bloomberg, New Republican Math on Tax Cuts Doesn’t Equal Faster Growth…

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

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David Barnhizer (Cleveland State), Law School 2020: Rise of the “Cyborg” Law Professors Bloomberg, BigLaw Associate’s Error Could Cost $1.5 Billion Boston Globe, Alan Dershowitz Gets Support of 36 Harvard Professors Bridget Crawford (Pace), Census of Law Professor Twitter Users Version 3.0 David Frakt, Some Thoughts on In-House Bar Prep…

Weekly SSRN Tax Roundup

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Sean Cao (Georgia State) & Chi Wan (University of Massachusetts), Stock Liquidity and Tax Avoidance: Evidence from Natural Experiments Irina Filatova, Tax Policy in the Modernization of the Economy Diane Kraal (Monash University), A Reflection on Tax Teaching and Cultural Diversity Pat Oglesby (Center for New Revenue), Supplemental Thoughts About…

C-Span: Economic Inequality and the U.S. Tax System

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C-Span Washington Journal, Economic Inequality and the U.S. Tax System: Edward Kleinbard talked about his book, We are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money. He spoke about why the government should do more, including increasing the size of the tax system, to improve the economy and combat…

Tax Court: Payments for Donations of Eggs to Infertile Couples Constitute Income, Not Damages Excludable Under § 104

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Following up on my previous posts (links below): Perez v. Commissioner, 144 T.C. No. 4 (Jan. 22, 2014): We acknowledge that this case has received some publicity in tax and nontax publications, which is why it is important to state clearly what it does not concern. It does not require…

ITPF, TPC Conference Today on Corporate Inversions and Tax Policy

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The International Tax Policy Forum and Tax Policy Center are co-hosting a conference today at the Brookings Institution from 8:50 – 11:15 a.m. (webcast here) on Corporate Inversions and Tax Policy: Corporate inversions, which change the tax home of a multinational corporation by merging it with a foreign company that…

TurboTax Apologizes for Bait-and-Switch, Provides $25 Refunds to Customers

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Following up on last week’s post, TurboTax Customers Angry Over Change In Tax Return Software: USA Today, TurboTax ‘Messed Up,’ Refunds Customers: Investors outraged by TurboTax’ recent change that forced them to pay 50% more for the tax preparation software: put down your pitchforks. TurboTax isn’t just apologizing, but will…

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