Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy Colloquium

January-April 2017
Select Mondays, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

UC Irvine School of Law, Room MPAA 420 (Directions)

Tax policy is at the forefront of the political discourse in the United States. Corporate tax avoidance, IRS alleged targeting of political groups, and the administration of the Affordable Care Act through the Internal Revenue Code are just a few examples of the centrality of tax policy to the political process in the United States. This colloquium differentiates itself from similar workshops by strongly emphasizing such tax issues of current relevance.

This colloquium runs every spring. Leading tax scholars and tax-policy experts are invited to present their works in progress to a tax law seminar class at UC Irvine School of Law. Papers are discussed ahead of the presentations and students are required to draft short response essays. The response essays are shared with the presenters. This format allows students a unique opportunity to meaningfully engage cutting-edge research in tax policy.

Tax practitioners, faculty from outside the law school, and anyone with a keen interest in tax policy are welcome to attend. Please RSVP via the respective links for each event below. Light refreshments will be served.

These events are approved for 2.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UC Irvine School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.

If you have questions, wish to request reasonable accommodations for a disability, or would like to be added to the mailing list and receive invitations to Colloquium presentations, please email

Spring 2017 Schedule

January 30

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Philip Hackney
Louisiana State University

Subsidizing the Heavenly Chorus: Labor Unions and Tax Exemption

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February 13

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Gregg D. Polsky
University of
Georgia School of Law

Elite Tax Professionals Behaving Badly: The Sad and Sordid Management Fee Waiver Saga
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March 13

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Darien Shanske
UC Davis

Apportionment and the State Corporate Income Tax: Past, Present and Possible Future
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March 27

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Neil Buchanan
George Washington University

Social Security is Fair to All Generations: Demystifying the Trust Fund, Solvency, and the Promise to Younger Americans
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April 17

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Sarah Lawsky
Northwestern University

Formalizing the Code
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Past Speakers

Feb. 1, 2016
Ed Kleinbard, USC
The New Political Economy of Capital Income Taxation

Feb. 22, 2016
Jake Brooks, Georgetown
Quasi-Public Spending on Quasi-Public Goods

March 14, 2016
Leigh Osofsky, Miami
Simplexity and the Tax Law, Co-authored with Josh Blank, NYU

March 28, 2016
Shu-Yi Oei, Tulane
The Tax Lives of Uber Drivers: Evidence from Internet Discussion Forums, Co-authored with Diane Ring, Boston College

April 11, 2016
Victor Fleischer, San Diego
Alpha: Labor is the New Capital