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Fed Persnl Income Tax (LAW-647-001)
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This course introduces the basic principles of income taxation. The fundamental structural issues of income taxation are examined in the wildly diverse contexts that make taxation a unique legal discipline. The principal issues include: (1) the elements and measurement of income; (2) timing issues; and (3) special tax incentive provisions, such as capital gains. Students in the course work extensively with statutory materials and examine tax policy issues from economic, political and administrative perspectives.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Burke and Friel , Taxation of Individual Income , 10th Edition (2012) (Casebook) (Lexis/Nexis)
Bank and Stark's Selected Sections Federal Income Tax Code and Regulations, 2013-2014
Chirelstein and Zelenak, Federal Income Taxation (12th Edition, Foundation Press, Text) Chirelstein and Zelenak's Federal Income Taxation, 12th (Concepts and Insights Series)
First Class Readings
Burke and Friel: Concentrate on the problems on pages 1 and 2 and the analysis of the problem on pp. 8-18 – “Analysis of the Computation of Tax Liability of Tom and Caroline Taxpayer”). Read for background pp. 4-8. NOTE: This problem is intended to provide an overview of the process of calculating a person’s tax liability. Do not worry about many of these details – we will cover these issues over the course of the entire semester.