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The Tax Maven
9 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
The Angel of Death Has a Tax Shelter to Sell You (Bill Gale)
Bill Gale is the Arjay and Frances Miller Chair in Federal Economic Policy and a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. His research focuses on tax policy, fiscal policy, pensions, and saving behavior. He is co-director of the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute.Gale is the author of Fiscal Therapy: Curing America’s Debt Addiction and Investing in the Future (Oxford University Press, 2019). He has served as president of the National Tax Association and vice president of Brookings and director of the Economic Studies Program. He has also been an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles and a senior economist for the Council of Economic Advisers under President George H.W. Bush.Our student quote is read by Emily Eskin, from Teaneck, NJ.Resources:Bill Gale’s bio.Bill Gale’s tweets.Fiscal Therapy: Curing America's Debt Addiction and Investing in the Future.The pencil question is about I.R.C. § 6033 (returns by exempt organizations).The student quote is from: Bridget J. Crawford & Emily Gold Waldman, The Unconstitutional Tampon Tax, 53 U. Rich. L. Rev. 439 (2019).
21 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Diane Ring is from the Future (Diane Ring)
She writes about information exchange, tax leaks, international tax relations, sharing economy and human equity transactions, and ethics in international tax. Ring was a consultant for the United Nation’s 2014 project on tax base protection for developing countries, and the UN's 2013 project on treaty administration for developing countries. Ring is also co-author of three case books in taxation. Before entering academia, Ring practiced at the firm of Caplin & Drysdale and clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.Our student quote is read by Sebastian from Whiting, New Jersey.Resources:Professor Ring’s bio.Dan Shaviro’s blog post about Ring’s recent visit to the NYU Tax Policy ColloquiumShu-Yi Oei & Diane M. Ring, The Tax Lives of Uber Drivers: Evidence from Internet Discussion Forums, 8 Colum. J. Tax L. 56 (2017).Shu-Yi Oei & Diane Ring, Leak-Driven Law, 65 UCLA L. Rev. 532 (2018).More of Ring’s scholarship.The pencil question is from “When I Squeeze You with Eisphorai”: Taxes and Tax Policy in Classical Athens by Peter FawcettThe source for the student quote.
18 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
From "I Paid My Income Tax Today" to "The Government Already Knows" (Joe Bankman)
Stanford Law School’s Joe Bankman writes on tax policy topics such as progressivity, consumption tax, and the role of tax in the structure of Silicon Valley start-ups. He has gained wide attention for his work on how government might control the use of tax shelters and has testified before Congress and other legislative bodies on tax compliance problems posed by the cash economy. He has written and spoken extensively on how we might use technology to simplify filing. He also worked with the State of California to create ReadyReturn—a completed tax return prepared by the state that is available to low-income and middle-income taxpayers.Our student quote is read by Philip Wolf.Resources:Professor Bankman’s bio.Daniel Shaviro’s blog post about his recent visit to the NYU Tax Policy ColloquiumBankman’s scholarshipBankman’s podcast about wellness in the legal profession.Collecting the Rent: The Global Battle to Capture MNE Profits (with Mitchell Kane & Alan O. Sykes) 72 Tax Law Review 197 (2019).More about the ReadyReturn.The student quote comes a Tax Notes article written by the student who read it!The pencil question is from Learning to Love the Form 1040: Two Cheers For The Return-Based Mass Income Tax.
22 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Investing in Children's Potential with a Tax Credit (Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach)
Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach is the director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University and the Margaret Walker Alexander Professor at the university. From 2015-2017, she was the director of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative housed at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a research affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty, and a nonresident senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution.Whitmore Schanzenbach studies issues related to child poverty, including education policy, child health, and food consumption. Much of her research investigates the longer-run impacts of early life experiences, such as the impacts of receiving SNAP benefits during childhood, the impacts of kindergarten classroom quality, and the impacts of early childhood education. She recently served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Examination of the Adequacy of Food Resources and SNAP Allotments.This conversation was recorded in 2019. Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Diane has been researching the effects of the pandemic on food insecurity in real time. She also has created an app with an IPR summer undergraduate research assistant that tracks measures of food insecurity across all 50 states.Our student quote is read by Aly Mariani.Resources:Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach’s bio.Daniel Shaviro’s blog post about her recent visit to the NYU Tax Policy ColloquiumRead some of Schanzenbach's blog posts.Selections of Schanzenbach’s researchFollow Schanzenbach on Twitter: @dwschanz.The student quote comes from Michael Graetz’s 2001 Erwin Griswold Lecture for the American College of Tax Counsel.
23 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
If You Can't Measure It, How Can You Improve It? (Marc Fleurbaey)
Marc Fleurbaey is the Research Director of the National Center for Scientific Research at the Paris School of Economics. He is the author of Fairness, Responsibility, and Welfare (2008), a co-author of Beyond GDP (with Didier Blanchet, 2013), A Theory of Fairness and Social Welfare (with François Maniquet, 2011), and the coeditor of several books, including Justice, Political Liberalism, and Utilitarianism: Themes from Harsanyi and Rawls (with Maurice Salles and John Weymark, 2008) and the Oxford Handbook of Well-Being and Public Policy (with Matthew Adler, 2016). His research on normative and public economics and theories of distributive justice has focused in particular on the analysis of equality of opportunity, risk, redistributive taxation, climate policy, and on seeking solutions to famous impossibilities of social choice theory. Our student quote is read by Rita Halabi. ResourcesMarc Fleurbaey’s bio and websiteDaniel Shaviro’s blog post about Pratt’s recent visit to the NYU Tax Policy ColloquiumDo You Believe in Democracy or in Equality — or Both?Beyond GDP: The Quest for a Measure of Social WelfareTo learn more about Zarin, read Daniel Shaviro, “The Man Who Lost Too Much: Zarin v. Commissioner and the Measurement of Taxable Consumption”, 45 Tax L. Rev. 215 (1990)The student quote comes from Peracchi v. Commissioner, 143 F.3d 487 (9th Cir. 1998).
33 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
At the Crossroads of Health and Tax Law (Katherine Pratt)
Professor Katie Pratt is Loyola Law School’s Sayre Macneil Fellow. She is an expert in income taxation and tax policy, and the co-author of a popular textbook on income tax. She writes on the intersection of tax law and population health, tax expenditures and federal budget issues, with the goal of improving policy. Focusing on what she calls “scholarship with a heart,” Pratt explores the consequences of tax policies on health issues affecting wide swaths of the population. Her work is uniquely interdisciplinary: a member of the American Public Health Association as well as the National Tax Association, she studies and writes about the use of taxes on soda and junk food to control obesity, as well as the tax treatment of medical expenses for gender reassignment and fertility treatments. Our student quote is read by Alex Pettingell from New York, NY and is by Martin D. Ginsburg. The quote is from testimony Ginsburg offered to the Senate Finance Committee noting that the now-repealed § 341 contained a single sentence longer than the entire Gettysburg Address.ResourcesKatie Pratt’s bioDaniel Shaviro’s blog post about Pratt’s recent visit to the NYU Tax Policy ColloquiumLessons from the Demise of the Sugary Drink Portion Cap Rule, 5 Wake Forest J. L. & Pol’y 39 (2014)Inconceivable? Deducting the Costs of Fertility Treatment," 89 Cornell L. Rev. 101 (2004)Ted Seto & Sande Buhai, Tax and Disability: Ability to Pay and the Taxation of Difference, 154 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1053 (2006) Lisa C. Ikemoto, The In/Fertile, the Too Fertile, and the Dysfertile, 47 Hastings L.J. 1007 (1996).Jonathan Gruber and Botond Köszegi, A Modern Economic View of Tobacco Taxation International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (2008)
16 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Why Should Only the Tax Code Be Fair? (Zach Liscow)
Zachary Liscow is an associate professor of law at Yale Law School. His main research interest is understanding the appropriate policy levers to address income inequality and, in particular, the role that tax policy versus other legal rules should play. He also works in a variety of other areas, including urban economics, environmental policy, and empirical legal studies. Liscow earned his PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and his JD from Yale Law School. He has been a staff economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and worked for the World Bank's inspector general. Our student quote is by Rebecca Arnall from New York, NY.Resources:Professor Liscow’s bio.Daniel Shaviro’s blog post about Liscow’s visit to the NYU Tax Policy Colloquium.Is Efficiency Biased? 85 University of Chicago Law Review 1649 (2018)The pencil question: Thomas J. Brennan, Perils of Partial Mark-to-Market Taxation. The student quote is: "The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to get the most feathers with the least hissing."—Jean Baptist Colbert
15 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
The Thoroughbred of Patent Boxes (Stacie Laplante)
Stacie Laplante is an associate professor of accounting and information systems and the James L. Henderson Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin School of Business. Laplante has nine years of experience in public accounting industry as a certified public accountant. Her research focuses on the intersection of financial and tax reporting and is particularly interested in information related to tax reporting that is reflected in firms’ publicly available financial statements and what the information reveals about the firm’s tax-planning strategies, as well as how the market uses or values that information.Our student quote is by Stephanie Tapp from Bountiful, Utah.ResourcesProfessor Laplante’s bio.Gaertner, F. & Laplante, S. & Lynch, D. (2016). Trends in the Sources of Permanent and Temporary Book-Tax Differences during the Schedule M-3 Era, National Tax JournalLaplante, S. & Klassen, K. (2012). Are U.S. Multinational Companies Becoming More Aggressive Income Shifters?, Journal of Accounting ResearchLaplante, S. & Klassen, K. (2012). The Effect of Foreign Reinvestment and Financial Reporting Incentives on Cross-Jurisdictional Income Shifting, Contemporary Accounting ResearchLaplante, S. (2008). Discussion of Taxes and Asset Prices: The Case of Thoroughbreds, Journal of the American Taxation AssociationThe pencil question: Ajay K. Mehrotra, The Myth of the “Overtaxed” American and the VAT That Never Was, Information, Modern American History (March 2019).The student quote is from Avery Tolar (Gene Hackman) in the movie The Firm.
22 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Is There Value in Taxing Where Value Is Created? (Allison Christians)
Allison Christians is associate dean for research and the H. Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation at the McGill University Faculty of Law. Her research and teaching focus on national and international tax law and policy issues, with emphasis on the relationship between taxation and economic development and on the role of government and non-government institutions and actors in the creation of tax policy norms.Christians is the author of ‘The Big Picture,’ a column for Tax Analysts’ Tax Notes International and regularly comments on developments in international tax law and policy on her blog and on Twitter as @profchristians. She has been awarded the John Durnford Prize in Teaching Excellence and the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She was named among the International Tax Review’s "Global Tax 50" in both 2015 and 2016 for her influence and impact on taxation, and in 2018 was identified by Economia as one of the top 50 most influential sources of finance news and information in social media.Our student quote is by Kris from Livingston, NJResourcesProfessor Christians’ bio.Taxing Income Where Value is Created, 22 Fla. Tax Rev. 1 (2019), with Laurens Van Apeldoorn.The pencil question article: Dana Brakman Reiser, Nonprofit Takeovers: Regulating the Market for Mission Control, 2006 BYU L. Rev. 1181 (2006). The student quote is taken from Randolph E. Paul, The Responsibilities of the Tax Adviser, 63 Harv. L. Rev. 377 (1950).
14 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
A Fiscal Citizenship Elevator Pitch (Larry Zelenak)
Zelenak is the Pamela B. Gann Professor of Law at Duke Law and the author of Figuring Out the Tax: Congress, Treasury, and the Design of the Early Modern Income Tax (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and Learning to Love Form 1040: Two Cheers for the Return-Based Mass Income Tax (University of Chicago Press, 2013), countless articles and “The Great American Tax Novel”, a review of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King. In addition to his work as a scholar, Zelenak served as a professor in residence at the Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, DC. Zelenak likes tax. A lot. He also likes writing. That enthusiasm shines through in all of his work.From finding surprising views in letters dating from the Coolidge Administration to exploring “philosophies of tax administration” in a contemporary novel, Zelenak’s eye for what matters makes him one of the most important voices in tax law. His willingness to engage not just archival resources and great works of literature but also with classic TV sitcoms guarantees that a conversation with him will go to unexpected places. ResourcesLarry Zelenak’s bio.The two books by Zelenak we discuss: Figuring Out the Tax and Learning to Love Form 1040. Zelenak’s review of David Foster Wallace’s book The Pale King.The pencil question article is Richard A. Musgrave, Pathway to Tax Reform, 98 Harv. L. Rev. 335 (1984) (written in memory of Stanley Surrey, Author of Pathways to Tax Reform”) The student quote is taken from Commissioner v. Tufts, 461 U.S. 300 (1983).
19 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Does the IRS Monitor Your Credit Card Transactions? (Wei Cui)
Professor Wei Cui teaches at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. He also practiced tax law for over 10 years in both New York and Beijing, served as senior tax counsel for the China Investment Corporation and has served as a consultant to the United Nations, the Budgetary Affairs Commission of China’s National People’s Congress, and China’s Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation.Cui has been at the forefront of the effort to understand the opportunities and perils presented by the fast-moving effort to tax digital giants such as Facebook and Google. He explains how his focus on digital taxes grew out of a last-minute scramble to find a topic after a shift in the political winds rendered another moot. The result has been good for him and great for all of us as he has added much-needed light to a heated debate that at times has threatened to escalate into a trans-Atlantic trade war. Cui also discusses his controversial work on third-party information reporting. He has questioned the importance scholars and policymakers often place on information as a source of strength for tax systems in developed economies. He makes a compelling case that the link between the two has long been misunderstood.Our student quote by Aaron from College Station, Texas.ResourcesProfessor Cui’s bio.Dan Shaviro’s blog post about Cui’s visit to the NYU Law Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium.The paper Cui presented at the Colloquium, The Digital Services Tax: A Conceptual DefenseCui’s paper questioning the value of information reporting. Leandra Lederman’s response.The student quote is taken from John Marshall’s opinion in McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 U.S. 316, 431 (1819).
17 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
Thank God for Tax Day (Sara Greene)
Sara Greene is a Professor of Law at Duke. She received her JD from Yale Law School and her PhD in social policy and sociology from Harvard University in 2014. Greene also practiced housing law and tax credit matters at the law firm Klein Hornig in Boston.Greene’s areas of expertise include consumer bankruptcy and debt, poverty law, housing law, tax, contracts, access to justice, and qualitative research methods. Greene’s research uses interdisciplinary methods to better understand the relationship between law and inequality. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the New York University Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Minnesota Law Review, and the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, among others. Greene, along with others, integrated her research on the Earned Income Tax Credit into a federal policy proposal, “The Rainy Day EITC: A Reform to Boost Financial Security by Helping Low Wage Workers Build Emergency Savings.” Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) adopted the proposal and are co-sponsors of a bipartisan bill proposing the “Refund to Rainy Day Savings Act.”Our student quote by B. John Williams is read by Kuan-Ting from Taipei, Taiwan. ResourcesProfessor Greene’s bio.Daniel Shaviro’s blog post about Greene’s visit to the NYU Law Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium.The paper Greene presented at the Colloquium, “A Theory of Poverty: Legal Immobility”“The Rainy Day Earned Income Tax Credit: A Reform to Boost Financial Security by Helping Low-Wage Workers Build Emergency Savings”The Pencil Question article is Who's Naughty and Who's Nice—Frictions, Screening, and Tax Law Design, 61 Buff. L. Rev. 1057 (2013).The student quote is taken from an article in Tax Notes.
27 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
Redistributing Opportunity (John Friedman)
John Friedman is a Professor of Economics and International and Political Affairs at Brown. Collaborating with scholars such as Raj Chetty and Emmanuel Saez, Friedman works to provide very granular information on very big issues. He is a founding co-director of Opportunity Insights, where researchers and policy analysts work together to analyze new data and create a platform for local stakeholders to make more informed decisions.An economist by training, Friedman uses the information collected by the IRS to tell researchers and the public whether and why the engines of opportunity we rely on actually deliver results. At the NYU Law Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium, Friedman presented work that he and his coauthors conducted about colleges and universities. That research “construct[ed] publicly available statistics on parents’ incomes and students’ earnings outcomes for each college in the US using de-identified data from tax records…. reveal[ing] that the degree of parental income segregation across colleges is very high, similar to that across neighborhoods.” Their work also shows that some schools (such as the State University of New York at Stony Brook) succeed in helping students who grew up poor gain upward mobility.Today’s student quote is from Ha-Joon Chang's, 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism.Resources:Professor Friedman’s bio.Dan Shaviro’s blog post about Friedman’s visit to the NYU Law Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium.The paper Friedman presented at the Colloquium, "Income Segregation and Intergenerational Mobility Across Colleges in the United States".The EITC article discussed in the episode, "Using Differences in Knowledge Across Neighborhood to Uncover the Impacts of the EITC on Earnings".The Pencil Question article is Darien Shanske, "Revitalizing Local Political Economy through Modernizing the Property Tax", 68 Tax L. Rev. 143 (2014).The student quote is taken from Ha-Joon Chang's 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism
20 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
Can you hear me now?: Why it’s so hard to deliver help to those who need it (Tatiana Homonoff)
Tatiana Homonoff is an assistant professor of economics and public policy at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Homonoff received her PhD in economics from Princeton University. Her research focuses on identifying areas in which behavioral economics can improve public policy, primarily in the areas of tax policy, public assistance, and consumer finance. Homonoff has also served as a faculty fellow at the White House's Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST).Tatiana joined us at NYU Law to present a paper she co-authored with Jason Somerville, “Program Recertification Costs: Evidence from SNAP”, at the Tax Policy Colloquium hosted by my colleagues Daniel Shaviro and Lily Batchelder. That paper showed that “[c]urrent recipients [of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program], who must complete a caseworker interview by recertification month end, are 20 percent less likely to recertify when assigned an interview at the end rather than the beginning of the month.” In other words, those needy individuals who happen to get assigned an appointment on the 25th are more likely to lose out on help the government wants them to have then those fortunate enough to have their interviews scheduled on the 5th of the month.Today’s student quote comes from Mathias from Copenhagen, Denmark. His quote is from Juliane Kokott, advocate general at the Court of Justice of the European Communities. Mathias explains why he chose the quote: “Abbey National is a well-known EU VAT case….[T]he British tax authorities' position was that the financial definition in the directive did not matter for the tax definition of managing an investment fund…. AG Kokott disagreed and gave her opinion (which was largely followed by the Court) that the financial definition and the tax definition should be linked together.” Mathias adds “I completely agree with the quote, and I find it problematic that both Danish, European, and US tax rules contain many inconsistent and illogical definitions of the same terms. A simple US example is I.R.C. § 318(a)(1) where the subheading "Members of family" does not include brothers and sisters. Surely, brothers and sisters are included in many other legal definitions of "family" and in the common understanding of the words. It's bound to mislead people.”
25 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
How Old Is Tax Evasion? (Steve Bank)
Steve Bank is the Paul Hastings Professor of Business Law at the UCLA School of Law. In this episode, he provides historical context for the rise of the key tax concepts of realization and recognition. He explains how the rise of Delaware as the place to be for corporations clashed with a young income tax to pose fundamental questions of when shareholders can be taxed.The 1970s has long been known as the time when newspapers boasted countless ads promoting tax shelters. Bank’s research shows that those ads appeared much sooner. He also discusses the surprising populist uprising that spared banks from the obligation to withhold taxes that requires employers to set aside a portion of every paycheck. He shows that banks were not the only ones fighting against that broader approach to withholding, with letters from ordinary Americans overwhelming Congressional mailrooms.This episode also features a recording by one of our students, Fernando from Guayaquil, Ecuador, of a quote that made him “open up [his] eyes and see why, from a US perspective at least, worldwide taxation makes total sense.”[Although the first episode released after the COVID-19 pandemic, it was recorded earlier. Please note that while Steve Bank was in the studio, I was participating remotely, so my audio is sometimes less than perfect.]Resources:Professor Bank’s UCLA Biography.Professor Bank’s scholarship.Daniel Shaviro’s blog post about Bank’s visit to the NYU Law Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium.The Pencil Question article: Miranda Stewart, “Global Trajectories of Tax Reform: The Discourse of Tax Reform in Developing and Transition Countries”, 44 Harv. Int'l L.J. 139 (2003).The Rockefeller caseThe student-read quote came from Mindy Herzfeld’s International Taxation in a Nutshell.
23 minutes | Mar 17, 2020
Do Your Taxes Like Nobody's Watching—Because Honestly, They Probably Aren't (Jeff Hoopes)
Jeff Hoopes is an associate professor and the Harold Q. Langenderfer Scholar of Accounting at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. Hoopes focuses on understanding how taxpayers respond to tax laws and changes in tax enforcement and uses his expertise to explain why. His work emphasizes the intersection of tax law, accounting, public economics, and finance.In a world where we seem to know more and understand less every day, Professor Hoopes goes to the proverbial videotape to find answers. He works with the Internal Revenue Service to analyze actual tax return data to see how much of what we think we know squares with reality—and what he finds may surprise you. Hoopes and Dean talk about how to achieve the high tax compliance rates that everyone wants but nobody seems able to deliver.This episode also features a recording by one of our students, Nicholas from New York, NY, reading a quote from Charles Dickens about the window tax, a tax that was intended as a tax on the ownership of luxury homes but prompted the landlords of tenement buildings to board up windows and build new ones without windows. Resources:Professor Hoopes’s UNC biography.His personal website.Link to “Is Tax Planning Best Done In Private?”Daniel Shaviro’s blog post about Hoopes’s visit to the NYU Law Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium.The Pencil Question article: Edward J. Mccaffery, "The Holy Grail of Tax Simplification", 1990 Wisconsin Law ReviewThe student-read Dickens quote can be found here.
22 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
Tax Policy and the 14th Century Fresco (Miranda Stewart)
Miranda Stewart is a professor and the director of Tax Studies and the Tax Group at Melbourne Law School and also a fellow at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy. Her scholarship addresses an extraordinary range of topics related to tax policy, including transparency and economic development.Her work takes up the challenge of envisioning tax laws that do more than just generate revenue. She sees those challenges depicted in a beautiful fresco painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in Siena Italy in the 14th century titled Allegory and effect of good and bad government. And painting may be just about the only thing Professor Stewart has not mastered: When she is not writing or teaching, she advises governments and think tanks about tax policy. Stewart and Dean talk about the connections she sees between how we govern ourselves and how we collect taxes. This episode also features a recording by one of our students, Rommell from Metro Manila, Philippines, reading a quote from United States v. Murdock, 290 U.S. 389 (1933). ResourcesProfessor Stewart’s biographyThe Pencil Question article: Eric M. Zolt, "Prospects for Fundamental Tax Reform: United States vs. Japan," 83 Tax Notes 903 (1999).Professor Stewart’s contributions to The ConversationProfessor Stewart's CVThe case featuring the student-read quote: United States v. Murdock
31 minutes | Feb 18, 2020
Is More Open More Fair? (Kimberly Clausing)
If it is true that taxes are a reflection of our values, what signals are we sending? In this episode, we unpack the factors affecting job loss and creation, challenges faced by American workers versus other countries, and the vulnerabilities created by tax havens—and how to solve for them.Harvard-educated economist Kimberly Clausing, the Thormund A. Miller and Walter Mintz Professor of Economics at Reed College, speaks with Steven Dean about these and other ideas explored in her new book, Open: The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration, and Global Capital. She shares how this work was “born out of [her] despair following the 2016 election” and the trouble she had with messages from both the right and left concerning trade. Particularly in the wake of the 2017 changes to the tax law, Clausing champions effective solutions for American workers and the middle class. Her specific prescriptions address income inequality and economic insecurity through better-functioning markets that allow labor to share the fruits of economic progress. Clausing and Dean discuss the value of tax lawyers and economists working together at this important time for economic policy.This episode also features a recording by an NYU Law student, Adam from Houston, Texas, reading a quote from one of the most famous tax cases, Gregory v. Helvering.Congratulations to Professor Clausing on her announcement that she will soon be joining the faculty of the UCLA School of Law. ResourcesProfessor Clausing’s biographyOpen: The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration, and Global CapitalFor more about Professor Clausing's recent visit to NYU Law: Professor Daniel Shaviro's blog post about the book event and TaxProf Blog's post about the eventFor the Pencil Question article, “The Curious Beginnings of the Capital Gains Tax Preference” by Ajay Mehrotra and Julia OttThe announcement of Professor Clausing's move to UCLAThe case quoted by the student: Gregory v. Helvering
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