The Games They Will Play: Tax Games, Roadblocks, and Glitches under the House and Senate Tax Bills

36 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2017 Last revised: 14 Jul 2018

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Reuven S. Avi-Yonah

University of Michigan Law School

Lily L. Batchelder

New York University School of Law

J. Clifton Fleming

Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School

David Gamage

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Ari D. Glogower

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Daniel Jacob Hemel

University of Chicago - Law School

David Kamin

New York University School of Law

Mitchell Kane

New York University (NYU)

Rebecca M. Kysar

Fordham University School of Law

David S. Miller

Proskauer Rose LLP

Darien Shanske

University of California, Davis - School of Law

Daniel Shaviro

New York University School of Law

Manoj Viswanathan

University of California Hastings College of the Law

Date Written: December 7, 2017

Abstract

This report describes various tax games, roadblocks, and glitches in the tax legislation currently before Congress, titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The complex rules proposed in the House and Senate bills will allow new tax games and planning opportunities for well-advised taxpayers, which will result in unanticipated consequences and costs. These costs may not currently be fully reflected in official estimates already showing the bills adding over $1 trillion to the deficit in the coming decade. Other proposed changes will encounter legal roadblocks that will jeopardize critical elements of the legislation. Finally, in other cases, technical glitches in the legislation may improperly and haphazardly penalize or benefit individual and corporate taxpayers. This report highlights particular areas of concern that have been identified by a number of leading tax academics, practitioners, and analysts. An updated report, reflecting analysis of the conference bill released on December 15th, has been posted here: http://ssrn.com/abstract=3089423.

Keywords: Tax, Legislation, Tax Planning, Reform, Loopholes, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)

JEL Classification: K34

Suggested Citation

Avi-Yonah, Reuven S. and Batchelder, Lily L. and Fleming, J. Clifton and Gamage, David and Glogower, Ari D. and Hemel, Daniel Jacob and Kamin, David and Kane, Mitchell and Kysar, Rebecca M. and Miller, David S. and Shanske, Darien and Shaviro, Daniel and Viswanathan, Manoj, The Games They Will Play: Tax Games, Roadblocks, and Glitches under the House and Senate Tax Bills (December 7, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3084187 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3084187

Reuven S. Avi-Yonah

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Lily L. Batchelder

New York University School of Law ( email )

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J. Clifton Fleming

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David Gamage

Indiana University Maurer School of Law ( email )

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Ari D. Glogower

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )

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Daniel Jacob Hemel

University of Chicago - Law School ( email )

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David Kamin (Contact Author)

New York University School of Law ( email )

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Mitchell Kane

New York University (NYU) ( email )

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Rebecca M. Kysar

Fordham University School of Law ( email )

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David S. Miller

Proskauer Rose LLP ( email )

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Darien Shanske

University of California, Davis - School of Law ( email )

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Daniel Shaviro

New York University School of Law ( email )

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Manoj Viswanathan

University of California Hastings College of the Law ( email )

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San Francisco, CA 94102
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