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Call For Tax Papers: New York Law School Law Review

19 July 2013

The New York Law School Law Review has announced a call for papers to be published in connection with their upcoming October 4, 2013 symposium, The 100th Anniversary of the Revenue Act of 1913: Marking a Century of Income Tax Law in the United States.

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Copyright Troll Lawyer Pleads Poverty, Asks To Be Let Off The Hook

29 May 2013

Brett Gibbs is not a likable guy. Together with John Steele, Paul Hansmeier and Paul Duffy, attorneys at Prenda Law (formerly known, among other things, as Steele Hansmeier, PLLC), he made life fairly miserable for thousands of potential defendants. Prenda sought out web users that allegedly downloaded porn illegally. The firm then filed copyright infringement […]

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Americans Replace Student Loan Bills With Tax Bills

22 December 2012

Americans now owe an astonishing $956 billion in student loan debt. The rate of student loan debt outpaced inflation last year – and keeps climbing. I should know: I am one of those still working to pay off student loan debt. I borrowed to pay for my education because I couldn’t afford to go otherwise. […]

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Attorney Disbarred For Submitting Falsified Tax Returns For Financial Aid

27 November 2012

Paying for private school can be painful. Losing the right to ever practice law again has to be worse. And yet, Bruce Paul Golden apparently weighed the two and opted for the latter. The former securities lawyer, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 1969, was recently disbarred by the Supreme Court of Illinois for […]

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When Is A Penalty A Tax? Sorting Through The SCOTUS Health Care Decision.

28 June 2012

So first things, first. The Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a little background on the Act can be found here). It was a close decision, with the final vote being 5-4. The opinion was delivered by Chief Justice Roberts, who affirmed the decision along with (generally) Justices Breyer, Sotomayor and […]

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Sunday Mailbag: The Traveling Edition

10 June 2012

Occasionally my mind is blown by what we can do with technology. Today is totally one of those days. I’m currently on a USAirways flight headed for Las Vegas where I’ll be speaking and mingling with about 1,400 other tax professionals at the Practitioners Symposium and TECH+ Conference in partnership with the Association for Accounting […]

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Legal Meltdown: Was Dewey Too Big to Fail?

4 May 2012

Guaranteed $5 million pay packages with no strings. Borrowing from a number of banks to stay afloat. Lavish corporate offices. Unchecked spending. Questionable financials. Another [entity display="Wall Street" type="section" active="true" key="/wall-street"]Wall Street[/entity] meltdown? Not quite. This one is a law firm. And it’s huge. Until recently, Dewey & LeBouef, LLP, (formerly the separate firms of […]

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Punishing Excellence: Transfer Pricing of Outright Sales

27 April 2012

Michelle Phillips just won an A… or at least a nice note to her professor. Michelle’s entry on transfer pricing is one of two winning entries in my legal writing contest. Michelle is currently an LL.M. Taxation candidate at Boston University. Her transfer pricing tax prof is Richard Ainsworth. As you may know from yesterday, […]

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IRS Lacks Statutory Authority to Extend Time to Assess Tax

26 April 2012

Charles J. Sigerseth just won an A… or at least a nice note to his professor. Charles’ entry on the statute of limitations issue is one of two winning entries in my legal writing contest. Charles received his paralegal cert of graduation this year from Blackstone Career Institute and is now studying to take NALA […]

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Win an A in Tax Law

21 March 2012

That’s right, I said ‘Win an A in Tax [entity display="Law" type="section" active="true" key="/law"]Law[/entity].’ My popular contest for law and paralegal students is back. So let’s get right to the good stuff… Here’s how it works: simply write a guest post to be posted on taxgirl for Forbes.com about any hot tax policy issue. And […]

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