Federal Income Taxation

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON, TUE, WED, THU 10:35 - 11:29 am TNH 3.142

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Midterm exam (administered by Exam4) March 5, 2021
Final exam (administered by Exam4) May 5, 2021


This course will be taught in person but with the option of remote participation via Zoom.  Please note that this course might become online-only in the event that actual in-person attendance during the semester consistently falls below a threshold to be determined in the exercise of reasonable discretion by the instructor and the Student Affairs Office.

This Federal Income Tax course uses a problem-based method to study core federal income tax doctrine, including the concepts of taxable income, adjustments to income, and when and to whom income is taxed. In addition, the course explores the policy choices presented by an income tax system, including equity, efficiency, administrability and political considerations. Federal Income Tax develops the universal lawyering skill of working with a statute-based body of law, in conjunction with administrative guidance and cases.  It asks how the income tax affects decisionmaking and interacts with the project of giving advice as a lawyer. The course is a gateway to more advanced tax offerings.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Examples and Explanations for Federal Income Tax *
Pratt, Katherine, Griffith, Thomas D., Bankman, Joseph
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business , edition: 8
ISBN: 978-1-4548-8127-8
Federal Income Taxation *
Bankman, Joseph, Shaviro, Daniel N., Stark, Kirk J., Kleinbard, Edward D.
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business , edition: 18
ISBN: 978-1-5438-0149-1


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
02/08/2021 Exam information updated