Virginia Center for Tax Law

Virginia Center for Tax Law

Virginia Center for Tax Law

Treasury Department

Research

National restrictions on trade and immigration are the most salient illustrations of the current protectionist moment, but cities have played their... MORE
In this article, the authors propose property tax reforms that would allow local governments to raise property tax revenue while protecting... MORE
This Essay surveys dormant foreign Commerce Clause doctrine to determine what limits it places on state taxation of international income, including... MORE
In this article, the authors analyze the Apple state aid case, concentrating on its implications for state aid analysis and use of the arm’s-length... MORE
This brief essay, adapted from remarks delivered to the Tax Policy and Simplification Committee of the ABA Tax Section on October 2, 2020, describes... MORE
With each economic recession, scholars, pundits, and lawmakers focus on what the Federal government can do to mitigate it. In this Article, I argue... MORE
This Essay argues that EU taxpayers may challenge digital services taxes as violations of EU law. Specifically, because they exempt all but the very... MORE
The recession of 2008 precipitated a political crisis that motivated an unprecedented international project to curb corporate tax dodging. This... MORE
Many jurisdictions determine real property taxes based on a combination of current market values and the recent history of market values, introducing... MORE
In this article, the authors propose property tax reforms that would allow local governments to raise property tax revenue while protecting... MORE
People make mistakes with debt, partly because the chance to buy now and pay later tempts them to do things that are not in their long-term interest... MORE
This article analyzes the pension-reform bill introduced in 2019 by Senator Portman and Senator Cardin. Earlier Portman-Cardin bills, enacted in 1996... MORE
Member States increasingly use classifications based on company size in their tax laws. Because bigger companies are more likely to be foreign, this... MORE
This Article uses controversy over Apple and other recent EU state-aid cases to explore a defect common to many anti-subsidy regimes that limit... MORE
Yesterday’s EU General Court decisions in Starbucks and Fiat represent major victories for the Commission and its theory of state aid,... MORE
At the peak of the 2008 financial crisis, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2008–83 (the Notice), administrative guidance that limited... MORE
In this sixth and final installment in a series of reports on state aid, Mason evaluates the European Commission’s decisions in the recent state... MORE
We argue that the high revenue triggers in proposed digital taxes — including the recent Franco-German proposal for a digital advertising tax — may... MORE
This article examines the problem of legislative entrenchment through a particular focus on federal fiscal policy. The conventional academic debate... MORE
This article describes Wayfair and provides some cautions about what it means for the U.S. states and the rest of the world, especially Europe. It... MORE
Tax law gives relief to “illiquid” taxpayers, those with income or wealth but no cash. This relief results in revenue losses, creates opportunities... MORE
Last Term, a sharply divided Supreme Court decided a landmark dormant Commerce Clause case, Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne. Wynne... MORE
This is Part three in a multi-part Special Report on state aid. It provides detailed analysis and critical commentary on the EU Commission's recent... MORE
In this report, the second in a series of reports on EU state aid, Mason evaluates the claims Treasury’ made in its White Paper that recovery in... MORE
In this fourth part in a series of reports on state aid, Mason focuses on the element of “advantage” in EU state aid law, and she criticizes the... MORE
As citizens, we expect the police “to protect and to serve.” So how does a police force become revenue collector instead of protector? On the local... MORE
This Article rejects a central claim of taxation and private law theory, namely, Kaplow and Shavell’s prominent thesis that egalitarian social goals... MORE
Pay arrangements for managers of public corporations typically include substantial amounts of compensation deferred through non-qualified... MORE
This article sets out the case for repealing the $1 million tax cap on executive pay. The cap is easily avoided and, when not avoided, widely... MORE
Anti-basis is the untaxed benefit enjoyed by a taxpayer when a liability or obligation is incurred. In the business context, the untaxed benefit is... MORE
The United States is the only country that taxes its citizens’ worldwide income, even when those citizens live indefinitely abroad. This Article... MORE
Philadelphia has a complex and antiquated tax system that has long been criticized for driving employers and jobs away from Philadelphia by making it... MORE
On November 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Comptroller of the Treasury v. Wynne. The case, which has already been called the... MORE
This Article discusses Wynne v. Comptroller, a dormant Commerce Clause case against Maryland pending before the Supreme Court. We use economic... MORE
I report evidence from New York City that property assessment caps on small residential properties represent a significant tax benefit that accrues... MORE
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) represents a powerful response by the United States to flagrant offshore tax evasion. Although the new... MORE
This manuscript responds to Income Tax Discrimination: Still Stuck in a Labyrinth of Impossibility by Professors Michael Graetz and Alvin Warren (121... MORE
This essay was the basis for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture at the Villanova University School of Law on January 27, 2014. It... MORE
This paper identifies and analyzes a recent trend toward “clean” federal tax legislation. Existing explanations of the tax-legislative process... MORE
The enforcement of tax laws affects the distribution of tax burdens. Many tax enforcement regimes incorporate taxpayer-initiated administrative... MORE
Congress uses the income tax to achieve policy goals. States import federal tax policies into their own tax systems when they incorporate by... MORE
Early corporate law scholarship argued both that anti-takeover devices are inefficient (they reduce the value of the firm) and that firms adopt... MORE
This article explores the background to, and significance of, the Russian renationalization of the Yukos energy conglomerate through a tax assessment... MORE
The statutory rules regarding the timing and character of income and losses on debt instruments overtax distressed debt investors. Investors that... MORE
Prohibitions of tax discrimination have long appeared in constitutions, tax treaties, trade treaties and other sources, but despite their ubiquity... MORE
This report examines the case law and statutory history of the terms "partner" and "partnership," including the seminal Supreme Court cases of the... MORE
Scholars and courts recognize that the federal government uses its broad spending power to enlist states in achieving federal goals, thereby... MORE
This paper offers a defense of the idea that taxation to promote religion infringes on taxpayers’ freedom of conscience. Critics have argued that... MORE
This essay, a chapter in a book on international investment law and comparative public law forthcoming from Oxford University Press, reviews the... MORE
Conventional wisdom, supported by theory and evidence, has it that the franchise tax plays an important role in shaping Delaware corporate law.The... MORE
Governments often deliver social welfare benefits through “tax expenditures,” provisions of the tax code (such as home mortgage deductions) designed... MORE
The “Option of Adoption Act,” a Georgia law that was introduced by a staunchly anti-abortion Georgia state representative, establishes procedures for... MORE
The United States generally imposes two levels of federal income tax on corporate profits. The first level taxes income to the corporation; the... MORE
This paper examines the relationship between tax penalties and tax compliance. Conventional accounts, drawing from deterrence theory and norms theory... MORE
Double taxation of corporate profits distorts the choice of business form, the debt and equity capitalization of companies, and the character and... MORE
This Article illuminates the interdependence between the structure of Delaware's franchise tax and Delaware's corporate law. It makes three major... MORE
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has come under increasing criticism for overstepping its institutional authority in tax cases by invalidating... MORE
Executive pay is currently a topic of significant interest for policymakers, academics, and the popular press. Just weeks ago, in reaction to... MORE
The extensive literature on legal transitions has formed a general position in favor of establishing a governmental transition policy; the primary... MORE
Under the standard the European Court of Justice (ECJ) uses to evaluate tax discrimination cases, a Member State discriminates when it taxes cross-... MORE
We argue that for theorists with a post-institutional conception of property, e.g., Rawlsians, there is no principled reason to limit the domain of... MORE
Normative capitalization would suspend deductions for every expenditure to the extent that it procures a benefit lasting beyond the taxable year in... MORE
In the Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice (Oxford 2002), Liam Murphy and Thomas Nagel discuss the relationship between tax policy and contemporary... MORE
Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code does not address the issue of whether a bankrupt municipality must increase taxes as a condition for confirming a... MORE