Joshua D. Blank

Professor of Law
Joshua D. Blank

Expertise:

Tax Administration and Compliance, Taxation of Business Entities, Taxpayer Privacy and Tax Transparency

Background:

Joshua Blank joined UCI Law in July 2018 as professor of law. Previously, he was a member of the full-time faculty of NYU School of Law, where he served as professor of tax law, vice dean for technology-enhanced education and faculty director of its graduate tax program.

Blank’s scholarship focuses on tax administration and compliance, taxpayer privacy, and taxation of business entities. His recent publications have appeared in Emory Law JournalNew York University Law ReviewSouthern California Law Review, Tax Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and UCLA Law Review, among others. He is a frequent contributor to BloombergCNNFortune, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

Blank received the 2017 Legal Teaching Award, presented by the NYU School of Law Alumni Association, and the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award from NYU School of Law in 2014. In 2018, he delivered a keynote address on tax transparency and publicity at the Annual Congress of the European Association of Tax Law Professors in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2014, he served as one of two National Reporters for the United States for the Annual Congress of the European Association of Tax Law Professors in Istanbul, Turkey.

From 2009 to 2013, Blank served as Vice Chair of the Teaching Taxation Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association. In 2018, he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. He is also a full member of Academia Tributária das Américas - Tax Academy of the Americas, an association of tax scholars from North, South and Latin America as well as Portugal and Spain.

Blank previously worked as an assistant professor of law at Rutgers School of Law – Newark, and was an acting assistant professor of tax law in the NYU Graduate Tax Program. He has taught tax law as a visiting professor at Hebrew University, Bocconi University, IDC Herzliya and the Internal Revenue Service. Prior to academia, Blank was a tax lawyer at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Blank received his B.A., summa cum laude, from NYU, College of Arts and Science; his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School; and his LL.M. in taxation from NYU Law.

Current Courses:

Federal Income Tax

Prior Courses:

 Corporate Tax

Prof. Blank's Scholarly Papers on SSRN

  • Simplexity and Legal Calculators (with Leigh Osofsky), in progress
  • Progressive Tax Procedure (with Ari Glogower), in progress
  • Automated Tax Guidance (with Leigh Osofsky), 15 Ohio St. Tech. L.J. __ (forthcoming, 2019)
  • Re-examining Tax Compliance (with Omri Marian), in Cambridge Handbook of Compliance (ed. D. Daniel Sokol and Benjamin van Rooij, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019).
  • Corporate Tax Privacy and Human Rights, in Tax, Inequality and Human Rights (ed. Philip Alston and Nikki Reisch, Oxford University Press, 2019).
  • The Income Tax Map: A Bird’s-eye View of Federal Income Taxation for Law Students (with Shari Motro, West Academic, 17th ed., 2019)
  • The Timing of Tax Transparency, 90 S. Cal. L. Rev. 449 (2017)
  • Simplexity: Plain Language and the Tax Law, 66 Emory L.J. 189 (2017) (with Leigh Osofsky)
  • Collateral Compliance, 162 U. Pa. L. Rev. 719 (2014)
  • Reconsidering Corporate Tax Privacy, 11 N.Y.U. J. L. & Bus. 31 (2014)
  • Corporate Shams, 87 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1641 (2012) (with Nancy Staudt)
  • In Defense of Individual Tax Privacy, 61 Emory L.J. 265 (2011)
  • When Is Tax Enforcement Publicized?, 30 Va. Tax Rev. 1 (2010) (with Daniel Z. Levin)
  • What’s Wrong With Shaming Corporate Tax Abuse, 62 Tax L. Rev. 539 (2009)
  • Overcoming Overdisclosure: Toward Tax Shelter Detection, 56 UCLA L. Rev. 1629 (2009)
  • Confronting Continuity: A Tradition of Fiction in Corporate Reorganizations, 2006 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 1
  • May 31, 2019:
    Presenter, Progressive Tax Procedure (with Ari Glogower), Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • April 10, 2019:
    Presenter, Simplexity: Plain Language and the Tax Law and Simplexity and Legal Transitions (with Leigh Osofsky), University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, UT
  • March 25, 2019:
    Presenter, Simplexity and Legal Calculators (with Leigh Osofsky), Tax Policy Colloquium, Pepperdine School of Law, Malibu, CA
  • March 22, 2019:
    Presenter, Simplexity and Legal Transitions (with Leigh Osofsky), Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Tax Law and Policy Symposium, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Columbus, OH
  • June 7, 2018
    Presenter, Transparency in Tax Administration (keynote presentation), 2018 Congress of European Association of Tax Law Professors, Zurich, Switzerland 
  • January 1, 2018
    Presenter, The Timing of Tax Transparency, Tax Law Forum, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel 
  • September 15, 2017
    Presenter, Simplexity: Plain Language and the Tax Law, with Leigh Osofsky, Teaching Taxation Committee Panel, American Bar Association Tax Section, Austin, TX 
  • June 15, 2017
    Presenter, Collateral Compliance, 9th Annual NYU Tax Controversy Forum, New York, NY 
  • May 8, 2017
    Presenter, The Timing of Tax Transparency, Faculty Colloquium, Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria
  • February 20, 2017
    Presenter, The Timing of Tax Transparency, Tax Policy Colloquium, Pepperdine School of Law, Malibu, CA
  • November 14, 2016
    Presenter, The Timing of Tax Transparency, Queen Mary University of London School of Law, London, United Kingdom 
  • November 2, 2016
    Presenter, The Timing of Tax Transparency, Tax Policy Colloquium, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, IL
  • September 23, 2016
    Presenter, The Timing of Tax Transparency, Human Rights and Tax in an Unequal World, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU School of Law, New York, NY 
  • June 1, 2016
    Presenter, The OECD BEPS Action Reports: Disclosure to the Public and the Taxing Authority, Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
  • May 27, 2016
    Presenter, The Timing of Tax Transparency, Faculty Workshop, Stockholm University Faculty of Law, Stockholm, Sweden 
  • April 7, 2016
    Presenter, The Timing of Tax Transparency, Tax Policy Colloquium, Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC 
  • April 1, 2016
    Presenter, The Timing of Tax Transparency, Faculty Workshop, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA
  • January 8, 2016
    Presenter, Simplexity: Plain Language and the Tax Law, with Leigh Osofsky, Tax Policy Colloquium, Levin College of Law, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 
  • November 20, 2015
    Presenter, Simplexity: Plain Language and the Tax Law, with Leigh Osofsky, 108th Annual Conference on Taxation, National Tax Association, Boston, MA 
  • October 9, 2015
    Presenter, The Timing of Tax Transparency, Tax Administration Conference, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA 
  • June 2, 2015
    Presenter, The Timing of Tax Transparency, Offentlighet och sekretess inom skatteförvaltningen (Conference on Transparency and Confidentiality in Tax Administration), University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden 
  • American College of Tax Counsel, Fellow (2018, by election)
  • Legal Teaching Award, NYU School of Law Alumni Association, 2017
  • Podell Distinguished Teaching Award, NYU School of Law, 2014
  • National Reporter for the United States, Congress of the European Association of Tax Law Professors, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014
  • National Reporter for the United States, Tax Secrecy and Tax Transparency Conference, Austria, Vienna University of Economics and Business and Orebro University, 2012
  • Vice Chair, Teaching Taxation Committee, American Bar Association Tax Section (2009, by election)