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Tulane Tax Roundtable returns for sixth year March 11

March 07, 2016


Do tax audits actually encourage tax evasion?

Should gains in the value of gifted property be subject to income tax when someone dies?

And what do Uber drivers talk about when they seek tax advice in their online chat communities?

Top scholars from six universities across the United States and Canada will join Tulane faculty to discuss these and other contemporary questions at the Tulane Tax Roundtable March 11 at Tulane Law School.

Now in its sixth year, the roundtable is jointly sponsored by Tulane’s Murphy Institute and Tulane Law. The event was co-founded by Law Professor Shu-Yi Oei, the Hoffman F. Fuller Associate Professor of Tax Law, and Economics Professor Steve Sheffrin, director of the Murphy Institute and an affiliated member of the law faculty.

The workshop showcases the drafts and works-in-progress of its participants and provides an opportunity for others in the tax law field to critique the papers. The work is cutting-edge, exploring ways in which tax law is evolving or should be changing.

For instance, Oei’s paper, “The Tax Lives of Uber Drivers: Evidence from Internet Discussion Forums,” examines “ways in which Uber and Lyft drivers navigate the tax system” and offers suggestions for ways in which taxing entities, such as the Internal Revenue Service, can effectively educate and deal with workers in the booming on-demand ride-hailing business.

This year’s presenters include Tulane economists and law faculty, along with law professors from Duke, Georgetown and Harvard universities, the Universities of Miami and Toronto and the University of California, Davis.

Sessions, which run from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Weinmann Hall Room 202, are open. But those interested in attending should contact Oei at soei@tulane.edu.


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