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Improving Tax Rules By Means-Testing: Bridging Wealth Inequality And “Ability To Pay”, James M. Puckett 2018 University of Oklahoma College of Law

Improving Tax Rules By Means-Testing: Bridging Wealth Inequality And “Ability To Pay”, James M. Puckett

Oklahoma Law Review

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The Economics Of American Higher Education In The New Gilded Age, Paul Campos 2018 University of Colorado Law School

The Economics Of American Higher Education In The New Gilded Age, Paul Campos

Articles

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The Constitutionality Of A National Wealth Tax, Dawn Johnsen, Walter Dellinger 2018 Indiana University Maurer School of Law

The Constitutionality Of A National Wealth Tax, Dawn Johnsen, Walter Dellinger

Indiana Law Journal

The United States needs innovative approaches to help rebuild foundational, shared understandings of American democracy, the American Dream, and opportunity and fairness. Tax policy provides one central context in which collective judgments about fundamental values help form national identity. We believe that a national wealth tax (that is, a tax on individuals’ net worth) should be among the policy options under consideration to support vital infrastructure, social service, and other governmental functions. Although not a new concept, a wealth tax may be an idea whose time has come, as inequality soars toward record highs.

Our aim in this Essay is ...


Failed Charity: Taking State Tax Benefits Into Account For Purposes Of The Charitable Deduction, Roger Colinvaux 2018 The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

Failed Charity: Taking State Tax Benefits Into Account For Purposes Of The Charitable Deduction, Roger Colinvaux

Scholarly Articles and Other Contributions

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) substantially limited the ability of individuals to deduct state and local taxes (SALT) on their federal income tax returns. Some states are advancing schemes to allow taxpayers a state tax credit for contributions to a charity controlled by the state. The issue is whether state tax benefits are deductible as a charitable contribution for purposes of the federal income tax. Under a general rule of prior law—the full deduction rule—state tax benefits were ignored for purposes of the charitable deduction. If the full deduction rule is applied to the state workaround ...


The Constitutionality Of A National Wealth Tax, Dawn Johnsen, Walter E. Dellinger III 2018 Duke Law School

The Constitutionality Of A National Wealth Tax, Dawn Johnsen, Walter E. Dellinger Iii

Faculty Scholarship

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Caveat Irs: Problems With Abandoning The Full Deduction Rule, David Gamage, Joseph Bankman, Jacob Goldin, Daniel J. Hemel, Darien Shanske, Kirk J. Stark, Dennis J. Ventry Jr., Manoj Viswanathan 2018 Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Caveat Irs: Problems With Abandoning The Full Deduction Rule, David Gamage, Joseph Bankman, Jacob Goldin, Daniel J. Hemel, Darien Shanske, Kirk J. Stark, Dennis J. Ventry Jr., Manoj Viswanathan

Articles by Maurer Faculty

Several states have passed — and many more are considering — new tax credits that would reduce tax liability based on donations made by a taxpayer in support of various state, local or non-profit programs. In general, taxpayer contributions to qualifying organizations — including public charities and private foundations, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments — are eligible for the federal charitable contribution deduction under section 170. In a previous article, we explained how current law supports the view that qualifying charitable contributions are deductible under section 170, even when the donor derives some federal or state tax benefit by making ...


The Offshore Tax Enforcement Dragnet, Shu-Yi Oei 2018 Boston College Law School

The Offshore Tax Enforcement Dragnet, Shu-Yi Oei

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

Taxpayers who hide assets abroad to evade taxes present a serious enforcement challenge for the United States. In response, the United States has developed a family of initiatives that punish and rehabilitate non-compliant taxpayers, raise revenues, and require widespread reporting of offshore financial information by financial institutions and taxpayers. Yet, while these initiatives help catch willful tax cheats, they have also adversely affected immigrants, Americans living abroad, and “accidental Americans.”

This Article critiques the United States’ offshore tax enforcement initiatives, such as the Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act and the Internal Revenue Service’s offshore voluntary disclosure programs. It argues ...


On The Disparate Treatment Of Business And Personal Salt Payments, Michael S. Knoll 2018 University of Pennsylvania Law School

On The Disparate Treatment Of Business And Personal Salt Payments, Michael S. Knoll

Faculty Scholarship at Penn Law

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1, would eliminate the federal income tax deduction for nonbusiness state and local taxes while maintaining the deduction for business state and local taxes. That disparate treatment has generated a storm of negative commentary. In this short essay, I consider whether the federal tax law should allow a deduction for business state and local taxes assuming that there is no deduction for nonbusiness state and local taxes. I argue that investors and businesses, including pass-through businesses, should be allowed to deduct state and local property and sales taxes, but not general income ...


State Responses To Federal Tax Reform: Charitable Tax Credits, David Gamage, Joseph Bankman, Jacob Goldin, Daniel Hemel, Darien Shanske, Kirk J. Stark, Dennis J. Ventry Jr., Manoj Viswanathan 2018 Indiana University Maurer School of Law

State Responses To Federal Tax Reform: Charitable Tax Credits, David Gamage, Joseph Bankman, Jacob Goldin, Daniel Hemel, Darien Shanske, Kirk J. Stark, Dennis J. Ventry Jr., Manoj Viswanathan

Articles by Maurer Faculty

This paper summarizes the current federal income tax treatment of charitable contributions where the gift entitles the donor to a state tax credit. Such credits are very common and are used by the states to encourage private donations to a wide range of activities, including natural resource preservation through conservation easements, private school tuition scholarship programs, financial aid for college-bound children from low-income households, shelters for victims of domestic violence, and numerous other state-supported programs. Under these programs, taxpayers receive tax credits for donations to governments, government-created funds, and nonprofits.

A central federal income tax question raised by these donations ...


The Definitions Of Income, John R. Brooks 2018 Georgetown University Law Center

The Definitions Of Income, John R. Brooks

Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works

What is income? It’s a seemingly simple question that’s surprisingly hard to answer. Income is the basis for assigning tax burdens, for distributing transfers, and for broader normative issues of inequality and justice. Yet we lack a shared conception of income, and a pure, rigorous definition of income is impossible. In this Article I review the intellectual history of the income concept among tax and fiscal theorists to show the difficulty of the problem, and also to show that some important debates about what’s proper under an income tax can be explained instead as arguments over competing ...


Wayfair: Substantial Nexus And Undue Burden, David Gamage, Darien Shanske, Adam Thimmesch 2018 Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Wayfair: Substantial Nexus And Undue Burden, David Gamage, Darien Shanske, Adam Thimmesch

Articles by Maurer Faculty

This is the first of a series of essays wherein we analyze the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair. In this essay, we tackle some of the more immediate interpretive questions raised by the Wayfair opinion, such as how a state should approach substantial nexus. As part of our analysis, we offer advice to state governments. Specifically, we recommend that states take note of the features of South Dakota’s law that appealed to the Court and replicate or improve on these to the extent possible. We advise states to consider simplifying their sales tax ...


Why (And How) States Should Tax The Repatriation, David Gamage, Darien Shanske 2018 Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Why (And How) States Should Tax The Repatriation, David Gamage, Darien Shanske

Articles by Maurer Faculty

This essay analyzed how U.S. state tax laws should treat the repatriation income generated by the 2017 federal tax legislation.


The Future Of Salt: A Broader Picture, David Gamage, Darien Shanske 2018 Indiana University Maurer School of Law

The Future Of Salt: A Broader Picture, David Gamage, Darien Shanske

Articles by Maurer Faculty

In this essay, we evaluate the new cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction. We argue that the structure of the new cap is not consistent with any theory as to what the SALT deduction is or should be. In canvassing these theories, we further evaluate how future reforms to the SALT deduction might proceed.


Wayfair And The Retroactivity Of Constitutional Holdings, David Gamage, Adam Thimmesch, Darien Shanske 2018 Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Wayfair And The Retroactivity Of Constitutional Holdings, David Gamage, Adam Thimmesch, Darien Shanske

Articles by Maurer Faculty

This essay analyzes the issue of retroactivity with respect to the Supreme Court case of South Dakota v. Wayfair.


Defending Place-Based Philanthropy By Defining The Community Foundation, Roger Colinvaux 2018 The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

Defending Place-Based Philanthropy By Defining The Community Foundation, Roger Colinvaux

Scholarly Articles and Other Contributions

The article proceeds in three parts. Part I of the article provides a historical overview of the tax-exempt status of community foundations, from inception to the present day. Part II shows how the settled wisdom on the tax status of community foundations has been upset by the rise of the nationally sponsored donoradvised fund, the extent to which community foundations are different from national donor-advised fund sponsors, and whether it would be beneficial to define the community foundation for tax siders the possible content of a definition of the community foundation in the Internal Revenue Code in terms of their ...


Cybersecurity And Tax Information: A Vicious Cycle?, Diane M. Ring 2017 Boston College Law School

Cybersecurity And Tax Information: A Vicious Cycle?, Diane M. Ring

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

A review of Michael Hatfield, Cybersecurity and Tax Reform, 93 Ind. L.J., scheduled to be published in Spring 2018.


Protective Claims For Refund: Protecting The Interests Of Taxpayers And The Irs, Kristy M. Bowden 2017 University of Maine School of Law

Protective Claims For Refund: Protecting The Interests Of Taxpayers And The Irs, Kristy M. Bowden

Maine Law Review

The Internal Revenue Code provides taxpayers wishing to claim a refund of an overpayment of taxes with a simple, straightforward provision setting forth a taxpayer's right to make such a claim. Additionally, regulations exist that provide for the procedure to be followed in order to claim a refund, further clarifying what is expected of the taxpayer. Unfortunately, not all situations that give rise to the right to claim a refund are so straightforward and simple. Taxpayers may find themselves in a situation that seems to have very little direct connection with tax, but may nonetheless result in significant tax ...


26 Usc Section 280e: Will The Dragon Now Be Slayed?, Bill Greenberg, Rebecca Greenberg 2017 Brooklyn Law School

26 Usc Section 280e: Will The Dragon Now Be Slayed?, Bill Greenberg, Rebecca Greenberg

Journal of Law and Policy

26 USC § 280E of the Internal Revenue Code (“§ 280E”) prohibits the deduction of ordinary business expenses for businesses deemed by the federal government to be drug traffickers as defined by the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”). The tax enactment is specifically designed to serve as a disincentive to socalled drug traffickers who might otherwise deduct “ordinary and necessary business expenses” from their taxes. However, this harms legitimate cannabis businesses by promoting unintended consequences, such as under-reported income. For three decades, there has been a patent incongruity between § 280E’s congressional purpose and the expansion of state-legalized cannabis businesses in the United ...


Corporate Tax Avoidance And Honoring The Fiduciary Duties Owed To The Corporation And Its Stockholders, Eric C. Chaffee, Karie Davis-Nozemack 2017 University of Toledo College of Law

Corporate Tax Avoidance And Honoring The Fiduciary Duties Owed To The Corporation And Its Stockholders, Eric C. Chaffee, Karie Davis-Nozemack

Boston College Law Review

Corporate tax avoidance is a pressing issue of both national and international concern. Corporations usually claim that they are legally required to engage in aggressive tax strategies. But this Article proves that claim is incorrect when based upon the fiduciary duties owed to the corporation and its stockholders. Directors and other corporate managers often look to the classic case of Dodge v. Ford, which is ubiquitous in corporate law from the boardroom to the courtroom, as a North Star that guides them toward and defines their fiduciary duties to the corporation and its stockholders. In Dodge, the court held, “A ...


A Progressive Case For A Universal Transaction Tax, Gary Chartier 2017 University of Maine School of Law

A Progressive Case For A Universal Transaction Tax, Gary Chartier

Maine Law Review

Federal Reserve Board chair Alan Greenspan’s recent call for tax simplification and his acknowledgement of arguments for a consumption tax may help to place the question of such taxes, including a value-added tax (VAT), on the national political agenda. If the possibility of imposing a VAT does receive significant national attention, the debate it occasions will obviously, and appropriately, focus in part on a variety of technical questions. But normative questions will likely be at issue as well. A VAT is like a sales tax, but is applied at each stage in a product’s development and not merely ...


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