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Critical Tax Theory Conference

The University of South Carolina School of Law is proud to host 
the 21st Annual Critical Tax Theory Conference.

The Critical Tax Theory Conference has a long history of fostering the work of both established and emerging scholars whose research challenges and enriches the tax law and policy literature. 

Critical tax scholars question assumptions of objectivity in tax, as their work explores how tax law and policy impact historically marginalized groups. At a time when tax policy is once again at the forefront of politics and public discourse, the work of these and other critical tax scholars supports a more robust discussion of the role for tax law in current and future social and economic policy.

Conference Agenda


Friday, April 13

7 pm - Informal Dinner at 1801 Grille (700 Lincoln Street)

 Saturday, April 14

8:15 am - Breakfast at South Carolina Law (1525 Senate Street, Room 395)
9 am - Panel 1: Inequality and the Current Political Climate

Chair: Shu-Yi Oei

  • Charlotte Crane (Northwestern), A Matter of Legislative Grace: The Net Income Norm in the Implementation of the Income Tax
  • Goldburn P. Maynard Jr. (Louisville), Hold on to Your Student Loan... I'll Take the Cash Instead
  • Nancy Shurtz (Oregon), Horizontal Inequity Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
10:30 am - Break
10:45 am - Incubator Panel 1                         
  • Jeremy Bearer-Friend (New York), Should the IRS Know Your Race? Fixing the Problem of Colorblind Tax Data
  • Khrista McCarden (Pepperdine), Offshore Tax Enforcement and Divorce
  • Henry Ordower (Saint Louis), Tax Avoidance in Transitioning Economies: Cuba
  • Ariel Stevenson (New York), Nontax Revenue and Fiscal Transparency
12:00 pm - Lunch (Room 301)
1:30 pm - Panel 2: Tax Administration and Compliance

Chair: Charlotte Crane

  • Leslie Book (Villanova University), Refundable Credits and Tax Administration
  • David Hasen (Florida), Rules, Standards, and Detection
  • Theodore Seto (Loyola-Los Angeles), Modeling Changes in U.S. International Tax Rules
3 pm - Break
3:15 pm - Incubator Panel 2
  • Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan), Bridging the Red-Blue Divide: A Proposal for U.S. Regional Tax Relief
  • Neil Buchanan (George Washington), Intergenerational Justice in the Post-Trump World
  • Ari Glogower (Ohio State), Egalitarian Basic Income
  • Clint Wallace (South Carolina), HSAs and Basic Income
7 pm - Dinner at South Carolina Law

Sunday, April 15th


8:15 am - Breakfast at South Carolina Law (Room 395)
9 am - Panel 3: Shaping Tax Law and Policy

Chair: Neil Buchanan

  • Tessa Davis (South Carolina), Freezing the Future: Elective Egg Freezing and the Limits of Medical Expense Deduction
  • Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College), Drafting Tax Statutes
  • Gregg Polsky (Georgia), The Realities of Modern Elite Tax Practice:  A Case Study of the Management Fee Waiver Strategy
10:30 am - Break
10:45 am - Incubator Panel 3                               
  • David Herzig (Valparaiso), TBD
  • Hayes Holderness (University of Richmond), Public Participation in Tax Administration
  • Diane Ring (Boston College), TBD
  • Graeme Young (New York) & Allister Young (Brock), Fake News Alive & Well in Canada:  How Misinformation Sabotaged Popular Tax Proposals
12 pm - Boxed Lunch

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.