Thomas J. Brennan ’01 to join Harvard Law faculty

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Thomas J. Brennan ’01, a scholar specializing in tax and finance, will join the Harvard Law School faculty in July 2015 as a professor of law. Since 2008, Brennan has been on the faculty of Northwestern University School of Law. He has also been a professor of finance (by courtesy) at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School […]

How It All Adds Up

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Stephanie Atwood ’13 started her 3L year several days early in a basement classroom of Wasserstein Hall in a new intensive “boot camp” on accounting and finance. In just three days, Atwood and 44 classmates learned a credit’s worth of previously foreign-sounding concepts such as internal rate of return and the cost of capital.

Stephen Shay: Reforming tax expenditures alone won’t fix the deficit

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In recent debates over reducing the budget deficit, even politicians adamant about not raising taxes have been discussing the elimination of tax loopholes, or “tax expenditures.” We turned to Professor of Practice Stephen Shay, and asked the former deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Treasury: What are tax expenditures, and should they be repealed as a means to lower tax rates, reduce the deficit or both?

Vivek Wadhwa: On jobs, Obama needs to be a radical

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The only way we can keep Americans fully employed and maintain our global lead is by constantly improving their productivity and skills, writes Vivek Wadhwa, a senior research associate for the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, in an op-ed in today’s Washington Post. In his op-ed,  “On jobs, Obama needs to be a radical,” published on the eve on the president’s address to the nation, Wadhwa writes that American companies must be provided with the incentives to invest in their workers as they used to.

Bernard Wolfman, 1924 – 2011: Magnificent teacher, beloved mentor and renowned scholar

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Bernard Wolfman, a renowned scholar of tax law and the Fessenden Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School, died on August 20, 2011. One of the preeminent tax professors in the United States, Wolfman clarified the world of tax law for generations of lawyers through his teaching and scholarship. He was also a leading expert in the ethics and rules of professional responsibility for lawyers.

A Tax—Not an Attack—on Families

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In recent years, political discourse has often focused on the idea of family values. Another contentious political issue has been the inheritance tax. The two topics commingle in a recent paper by Anne Alstott, in which she considers whether the inheritance tax is compatible with family values.

Coates proposes tax and regulatory reforms for mutual funds

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John C. Coates, the John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics at HLS, issued a set of recommended reforms regarding the regulation of mutual funds, in June. The recommendations were made to the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, an independent and nonpartisan organization whose research is aimed at improving financial regulations and practices.