Boston University School of Law

TX959 Making Tax Law

TX 959 ( OL)  ARR - 
2 cr., Spring 
Professor Berman 
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The course explores how U.S. tax law is made in order to provide context and perspective for interpreting the various provisions of the tax law. It examines how considerations of tax policy, tax politics and tax administration contribute to the development of law through the legislative process, the promulgation of regulations and other administrative guidance, and the negotiation and ratification of tax treaties, as well as interactions and judicial evaluations of all of the above. In other words, the course explores what happens on the road to tax law and what causes those twists and turns. It necessarily discusses issues of tax policy, but the principal focus is on process. We will use traditional cases, legislative documents, and other materials. Pre or corequisite: None