Stanford Law School

Closing the Tax Gap

Sponsored by the Stanford Law & Policy Review
9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. November 8, 2008
Stanford Law School, Room 290

Leading scholars, policymakers and practitioners will discuss how to close the tax gap, or the quarter-trillion-dollar difference between the amount of tax owed to the government and the amount actually collected. The main topics of conversation will include reasons for noncompliance and ways to close the tax gap among small businesses, the self-employed, the poor and the wealthy. Speakers will also discuss potential steps to be taken by the new administration in an effort to combat the problem. 

Speakers include:

  • Joseph Bankman, Professor, Stanford Law School
  • Leslie Book, Professor; Director, Graduate Tax Program, Villanova University School of Law
  • Paul Caron, Professor, University of Cincinnati College of Law; Tax Prof Blog
  • James Hines, Jr., Professor, University of Michigan Law School
  • Nathan Hochman, Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Deirdre James, Legislation Counsel, U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation
  • Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service
  • Debra Petersen, Legal Division, California Franchise Tax Board
  • Alex Raskolnikov, Professor, Columbia Law School
  • Daniel Shaviro, Professor, New York University School of Law
  • Joel Slemrod, Professor, University of Michigan School of Business;
    Director, Office of Tax Policy Research
  • Robert Weinberger, Vice President of Government Relations, H&R Block, Inc.

This event is free and open to the public. MCLE credits available.