The Fundamentals of Federal Taxation: Problems and Materials
This latest edition of Miller and Maine’s The Fundamentals of Federal Taxation is a problem-based, transaction-oriented treatment of the basics of federal taxation. It features a balanced approach toward tax planning and tax policy and is structured for easy accessibility through the use of forty-one chapters, each of which can readily be covered in one, or occasionally two, class sessions. This edition incorporates developments in the law through January of 2018, including the far-reaching Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Key developments since the fourth edition include changes to the ordinary income rate structure, depreciation and capitalization, itemized deductions, personal exemptions, alimony, the child tax credit, and casualty losses. This edition also further engages students by noting how tax law intersects with diverse and hot topics such as the sharing economy, the legalized marijuana industry, Silicon Valley job perks, wrongful incarceration, virtual currency, and human egg donation.
The first half of the book provides students with an understanding of the overall structure of the federal income tax. This part culminates in two major review problems that assist students in integrating the knowledge gained. Thereafter, the book covers various major topics of taxation—including real estate taxation, intellectual property taxation, family taxation, the tax consequences of litigation, and deferred compensation—with an emphasis on tax planning. It is designed to give students an appreciation for how the law of taxation connects with everyday events of American life.
The Fundamentals of Federal Taxation is a cogent, straightforward treatment of a complex subject. The topics, the selection of cases, and the design of the problems are all calculated to make tax law fun and thought-provoking.