Tax Policy Collaborative

Tax Policy is the study of how countries, states, and localities raise revenue to finance the provision of public goods. Tax policy research addresses both micro- and macroeconomic issues, such as questions about whether the rules are fair, how they influence taxpayer behavior, and how they impact the level and shape of economic activity within countries and more globally. As such, the study of tax policy implicates fundamental issues of redistribution, economic justice, and the social safety net.

The BC Law Tax Policy Collaborative consists of some of the nation’s leading legal scholars doing research on these pressing issues. Our faculty includes experts in domestic and international taxation, employee benefits and retirement security, charitable giving and philanthropy, and wealth and transfer taxation. BC Law's JD tax program was recently ranked 10th in the nation in Tax Talent's "Top in Tax" survey. 


BC Law graduate at workshop

Attend an Event 
For more information, please contact: 
Joan Manna
(617) 552-4344

The Boston College Law School Tax Policy Workshop brings together academics, policymakers, and practitioners in a collaborative setting to discuss academic papers and works-in-progress. The Workshop aims to help presenters formulate and focus their ideas and evaluate various tax policy and administration design alternatives.

Workshops are open to academics, practitioners, students, and policymakers interested in tax policy, and typically start at 12:15 at Stuart House, at the Law School. During the Fall 2020 semester, all sessions will be held on Zoom. Persons interested in attending should email Professor James Repetti.

The Workshop series has been active since 2007 and is made possible by the Paulus Endowment for Tax Programs.  

For more information, please contact Professors James Repetti, Diane Ring, or Shu Yi Oei.

This year's schedule

All sessions will be conducted on Zoom. Persons interested in attending should email to register.

Fall 2020

October 5, 5:00 p.m. EDT
Blaine Saito (Northeastern)
"Tax Coordination"

October 16, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Tsilly Dagan (Oxford)
"Re-Imagining Tax Justice in a Globalized World

November 6, 12:00 p.m. EST
Miranda Perry Flesicher (San Diego)
"Libertarianism and Taxation"

Spring 2021

February 3, at 12:00 p.m. EST
Ariel Kleiman (San Diego)
"Impoverishment by Taxation"

February 24, at 12:00 p.m. EST
Werner Haslehner (Luxembourg)

March 29, at 5:00 p.m. EDT
Roberta Mann (Oregon)

April 21, at 12:00 p.m. EDT
Ajay Mehrotra (Northwestern)


Speaker Archives

Friday September 27, 2019, 12:15pm

Larry Zelenak (Duke)

Friday October 25, 2019, 12:15pm

Karen Brown (George Washington University) 

Friday November 1, 2019

Ari Glogower (Ohio State University)

Monday November 18, 2019, 5:00pm

Jinyan Li (Osgood Hall Law School)

Ajay Mehotra (Northwestern, and American Bar Foundation): "The VAT Laggard: A Comparative History of US Resistance to the VAT"

Michelle Drumbl (Washington & Lee): "Improving Tax Credits for the Working Poor"

Andrew Hayashi (UVA): "Countercyclical Tax Bases"

Cliff Fleming (BYU): "An Early Look at Expanded Worldwide vs. Territorial Taxation after the TCJA" (with Robert J. Peroni and Stephen E. Shay)

Emily Satterthwaite (University of Toronto): "Toward a Signaling Account of Voluntary Value-Added Tax Registration"

Eric Toder (Urban Institute): "Distributional Effects of Individual Income Tax Expenditures After the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act"

George Yin (UVA): “Who Speaks for Tax Equity and Tax Fairness?: Stanley Surrey and the Tax Legislative Process”  

Lilian Faulhaber (Georgetown): "Competing over Competition: Who Decides What Tax Practices Are Harmful?"

David Kamin (NYU): "The Tax Rate Ratchet"

Daniel Hemel (Chicago): "Easy on the SALT: In Defense of the Deduction for State and Local Taxes"

Ruth Mason (UVA): "State Aid Special Report – Part 6: Are Tax Rulings Selective?"

Zachary Liscow (Yale): “Is Efficiency Biased?” 

Lily Batchelder (NYU): "The Shaky Case for a Business Cash-Flow Tax"

Phyllis Taite, "Making Tax Policy Great Again: America You’ve Been Trumped"

Leandra Lederman (Indiana): “To What Extent Does Enforcement Crowd Out Voluntary Tax Compliance?”

Charlotte Crane (Northwestern): “Integrating a Fragmented Corporate Tax”

James Repetti (BC): “Tax Rates, Efficiency, and Inequality”

Diane Ring (BC): “Leak-Driven Law”

Richard Schmalbeck (Duke): “Ending the Sweetheart Deal Between Big-Time College Sports and the Tax System”

David Gamage (Berkeley): “The Tax Cannibalization Problem and Fiscal Federalism in the United States”

Charlene Luke (U. FL): “The Captive Insurance Conundrum”

Dorothy Brown (Emory): “Tax Policy and the Racial Wealth Gap”

Miranda Perry (San Diego): “Not So Fast: The Hidden Difficulties of Taxing Wealth”

Jake Brooks (Georgetown): “Fiscal Federalism as Risk-Pooling”

Reuven Avi-Yonah (U. Michigan): “And Yet It Moves: Taxation and Labor Mobility in the 21st Century”

Emily Cauble (DePaul): “Safe Harbors in Tax Law”  

Tom Brennan (Northwestern): “Smooth Retirement Accounts”

New England International Fiscal Association April Extended Breakfast (Two Panel Workshop: IP Panel and Irish/Swiss Panel)

Tracy Kaye (Seton Hall): “Innovations in the War on Tax Evasion”

George Yin (Virginia): “Creation of the Joint Committee on Taxation”

Chris Sanchirico (U. Penn): “Optimal Tax Policy and the Symmetries of Ignorance”

Joshua Blank (NYU): “Collateral Compliance”

Susan Morse (UC Hastings): “Startup Ltd: Tax Planning and Initial Incorporation”

Sarah Lawsky (UC Irvine): “Modeling Tax Law’s Uncertainty”

Adam Rosenzweig (Wash. U.): “Thinking Outside the (Tax) Treaty”

Ed Kleinbard (USC): “Lessons of Stateless Income”

Larry Zelenak (Duke): “Choosing Between Tax and Non-Tax Delivery Mechanisms for Health Insurance Subsidies”

Tricia Brown (U. Miami): “Don’t Mess with Success: The ‘Primary Place of Management and Control” in U.S. Tax Treaties”

David Noren (Joint Committee on Taxation): “ ‘Managed and Controlled’ Corporate Residence Legislation: An Idea Whose Time Came and Went”

Miranda Perry (Colorado): “Equality of Opportunity and the Charitable Tax Subsidies”

Christiana HJP Panayi (Queen Mary, University of London)

Adam Chodorow (Arizona State University): “Doing Good While Staying Well: A Proposal to Combine Healthcare and Charitable Giving Tax Provisions” 

Lily Kahng (Seattle): “Costly Mistakes: Undertaxed Business Owners and Overtaxed Workers”

Karen Brown (George Washington): “A Comparative Look at Regulation of Corporate Tax Avoidance”

Eric Lustig (New England): “Dilbert to Murder Mystery: The Strange Case of Company-Owned Life Insurance (COLI)”

Meredith Conway (Suffolk): “With or Without You: Debt and Equity and Continuity of Interest”

Lily Faulhaber (Harvard): “Sovereignty, Integration and Tax Avoidance in the European Union: Striking the Proper Balance”

Ruth Mason (U.Conn): “Welfare, Tax Incentives and Labor Mobility”

Marjorie Kornhauser (Arizona State): “Remember the ‘Forgotten Man’ (and Woman): Hidden taxes and the 1936 Election”

Noel Cunningham (NYU): “Rectifying the Tax Treatment of SAMs”

Leandra Lederman (Indiana): “W(h)ither Economic Substance?”

Neil Buchannan (George Washington): “The ‘Growth Budget’: Disciplined and Responsible Government Spending for Future Prosperity”

Dan Shaviro (NYU): “The Optimal Relationship Between Taxable Income and Financial Accounting Income: Analysis and A Proposal”

Kirk Stark (UCLA): “Rich States, Poor States: American Federalism and the Politics of Fiscal Equalization”

Deborah Schenk (NYU): “The Political Economy of Tax Reform: The Case for Retaining the AMT”

Nancy Staudt (Northwestern): “If Major Wars Affect (Judicial) Fiscal Policy, How & Why?”

Paul Caron (U. Cinn): “The Story of Murphy: A New Front in the war Against the Income Tax”

Linda Beale (Wayne): “Tax Patents: At the Crossroads of Tax and Patent Law”

The Boston College–Tulane Tax Roundtable is a jointly organized event, co-sponsored by Boston College Law School, the Murphy Institute for Political Economy at Tulane University, Tulane Law School. The Roundtable brings together tax scholars from around the country, resident BC and Tulane faculty and BC and Tulane students for discussion and debate about important tax policy issues of our time. The roundtable showcases the drafts and works-in-progress of its participants and subjects these works to rigorous analysis in a discussant-driven workshop format. All are welcome to attend. 

The 2019 roundtable will be held at Tulane University School of Law on March 22, 2019. For more information, please see the Tulane website.

For previous years’ roundtables, see here.

For more information, please contact Professor Diane Ring.


Boston College Law School hosts a Roundtable Discussion Series on "Tax Crime and Corruption", along with VIRTEU, Coventry University Research Centre on Financial and Corporate Integrity, and the European Anti-Fraud Office.

Session 1: January 29, 2021
Exploring the interconnection between tax crimes and corruption

Hosted by:
Professor Diane Ring, Boston College Law School

Professor Rita de la Feria, University of Leeds, International Research Fellow at the University Centre for Business Taxation

Professor Pasquale Pistone, Associate Professor of Tax Law at the University of Salerno, Academic Chairman of International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD)

Dr. Branislav Hock, Senior Lecturer in Economic Crime at the University of Portsmouth, VIRTEU Leading National Expert for the United Kingdom

Dr. Costantino Grasso, Assistant Professor in Law at Coventry University, Principal Investigator for VIRTEU project


Boston College Law School Hosted the International Fiscal Association Extended Breakfast

April 14, 2016

Panel #1

Overview Review and hot topics in European and Latin American VAT, and Canadian GST/PST Panel:

The panel will provide a brief introduction to Value Added Tax and Goods and Services Tax, followed by a discussion of practical VAT/GST issues that the panelists recognize as typical for U.S.-based multinationals. Examples of talking points are recent developments in the VAT/GST world (such as BEPS and the upcoming VAT in Puerto Rico), VAT on online sales as well as “hands-on” tips to manage an organization’s global indirect tax footprint.

Rosemary Anderson – Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

            Lucas Giardelli – Mayer Brown, New York, New York

            Mark Houtzager – US VAT Inc., Brooklyn, New York

Panel #2 

Overview Advanced Withholding Tax Topics Panel:

A look at some special issues encountered by a withholding agent and how to manage them. Most people know that they need a Form W-8 when making a cross-border payment. This panel will go beyond the garden-variety payment case and examine issues that may arise in special cases.

            Lani Chou – PwC, Boston, Massachusetts

            Carol Tello – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Washington, D.C.



Symposium on The Centennial of the Estate and Gift Tax: Perspectives and Recommendations. (co-sponsored with the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Foundation)

Published: 57 B.C. Law Rev. No. 3 (2016) here

October 2, 2015:

Keynote Speaker: Michael Graetz (Columbia Law School) Key Note Speaker

Panel #1

Whether it is desirable to tax the gratuitous transfer of wealth during life or at death?

            James Repetti (Boston College Law School) Commentator and Moderator

                        Jennifer Bird-Pollan (University of Kentucky College of Law)

            Paul Caron (Pepperdine University School of Law)

            Dr. David Joulfaian (U.S. Department of the Treasury)

Panel #2

Whether methods other than an estate and gift tax could better address problems associated with wealth concentration?

            Ray Madoff (Boston College Law School) Commentator and Moderator

            David Duff (University of British Columbia's Allard School of Law)

            Miranda Perry Fleischer (University of San Diego School of Law)

            David Shakow (University of Pennsylvania School of Law)

Panel #3

What improvements could be made to the existing estate and gift tax system?

            Bridget Crawford (Pace University School of Law) Commentator and Moderator

            Joseph Dodge (Florida State University College of Law)

            Wendy Gerzog (University of Baltimore School of Law)

            Kerry Ryan (St. Louis University School of Law)


Symposium on Reforming Entity Taxation (co-sponsored with Tax Analysts)

Published in Tax Notes (2015)

Oct. 10th, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Lee Sheppard (Contributing Editor, Tax Analysts)                      

Panel #1

Reforming Entity Taxation: Corporations

Mirit Eyal-Cohen (Alabama)

Deborah Schenk (NYU) “A Role for Subchapter S?”

Dan Shaviro (NYU) “Evaluating the Case for 1986-Style Corporate Tax Reform

Brian Galle (Boston College) Commentator

Jeremy Scott (Editor in Chief of News, Tax Analysts) Moderator

Panel #2 

Reforming Entity Taxation: Partnerships

Karen Burke (Florida) “Unified Passthrough Reform Misses the Mark

Andrea Monroe (Temple) “Subchapter K, Gateway Drugs, and Tax Reform

Gregg Polsky (North Carolina)

James Repetti (Boston College) Commentator

Amy Elliot (Contributing Editor, Tax Notes) Moderator

Panel #3 

Reforming Entity Taxation: International

Allison Christians (McGill)

Robert Peroni (Texas)

Martin Sullivan (Tax Analysts)

Diane Ring (Boston College) Commentator

Sam Young, (Editor Worldwide Tax Daily) Moderator


Boston College Law School Hosted the International Fiscal Association Extended Breakfast

April 17, 2014

Panel #1

International Tax Issues Associated with Cloud Computing

A discussion on the international tax opportunities, risks, and issues associated

with Cloud Computing

                     Lewis Greenwald, Mayer Brown LLP

                     Gary Sprague, Baker & Asbill McKenzie LLP

                     Carol Tello, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Panel #2

Tax Considerations of Investing in Ireland and Switzerland

A discussion on practical considerations, typical tax structures, issues, and

opportunities to consider when investing in Ireland and Switzerland.

Martina Walt, Swiss Desk, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Daryl Hanberry, Ireland Desk, Deloitte Tax LLP