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Administrative procedure act

Tax Law

2020

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Reasonable Tax Rules: Advancing Process Values With Remedial Restraint, James M. Puckett Jan 2020

Reasonable Tax Rules: Advancing Process Values With Remedial Restraint, James M. Puckett

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The tax administration is at risk of an overcorrection with respect to its rulemaking process. Tax practitioners increasingly are mining the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) as well as chipping away at barriers to pre-enforcement review of tax rules. Tax rules include regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, and more informal guidance to the public. APA-based challenges to tax rules have gained traction in the courts, typically alleging inadequate explanation or timing irregularities involving notice and comment. Such claims potentially pose major challenges for fair and efficient tax administration.

This Article integrates administrative law scholarship calling for a rule of reason with …