Donaldson and Tobin's Federal Income Tax: A Contemporary Approach, 3d
Samuel A. Donaldson, Donald B. Tobin
Completely updated to reflect the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Third Edition of Federal Income Tax: A Contemporary Approach continues its successful integration of several modern platforms to introduce students to the federal income taxation of individuals. As before, the book takes three passes through the system, each in increasing detail. The first pass, in two short chapters, introduces the basis structure of the federal income tax through the computation of taxable income. It lets students see the overall structure early in their study and gives context to new concepts as they are introduced. The second pass, consuming two larger chapters, walks through the concepts of gross income and deductions, respectively. The final pass, consuming seven chapters, then builds on the material from the first four chapters, considering exclusions, timing issues, characterization, and advanced discussion of property transactions, personal expenses, dual-use expenses, and tax shelters. The text includes dozens of review questions, hundreds of self-assessment questions, and nearly 100 detailed problems for class discussion, all of which require students to apply Code and Regulation provisions to real-life fact patterns. The book also includes links to several instructional videos to reinforce student comprehension. Like other titles in the Interactive Casebook Series, the accompanying electronic version gives student immediate access to cited cases, statutes, and articles.
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More About The Authors
Samuel A. Donaldson
Samuel A. Donladson [J.D. University of Arizona; LL.M. (Taxation) University of Florida] is a Professor at Georgia State University College of Law. He teaches a number of tax and estate planning courses, as well as courses in the areas of property, commercial law and professional responsibility. Prior to joining the Georgia State faculty in 2012, he was an Associate Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law, where he was a five-time recipient of the Philip A. Trautman Professor of the Year award from the School of Law's Student Bar Association. Professor Donaldson is an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). A member of the Bar in Washington, Oregon, and Arizona, he has authored or co-authored several books on both taxation and estate planning. Professor Donaldson has served as the Harry R. Horrow Visiting Professor of International Law at Northwestern University and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. An amateur crossword constructor, his puzzles have been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and USA Today. » Read more about Samuel A. Donaldson
Donald B. Tobin
One of the nation's leading experts on the intersection of tax and campaign finance laws, Dean Tobin comes to Maryland Carey Law from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law and also served as associate dean for academic affairs, associate dean for faculty, founding co-director of the Program on Law and Leadership, and senior fellow at the Election Law @ Moritz program.
Prior to joining the Moritz faculty in 2001, Tobin served as an appellate attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Justice Department and as a law clerk for The Honorable Francis Murnaghan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Tobin began his career on Capitol Hill, working there before, during and after graduating magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Georgetown Law Center. He served as a professional staff member for U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes (D.-MD), the Senate Committee on the Budget, and the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. » Read more about Donald B. Tobin