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Steve R. Johnson, the University Professor, practiced law with Willkie Farr & Gallagher and the Internal Revenue Service. Professor Johnson is a nationally recognized scholar on tax litigation and procedure, including legislative and administrative law topics in tax.


“The national aspirations of the United States will not be achieved without a vibrant and growing business sector. Lawyers are key members of the team for all successful businesses. In my tax courses, I stress close reading of statutory text and awareness of the policy dimensions and institutional relationships that influence interpretation of the tax laws and shape their evolution. I also emphasize the need to balance business realities with tax objectives and the role of the tax attorney in adding value to his or her clients’ transactions.”

Recent publications:

Tax Statutory Interpretation in the United States, in Legal Interpretation of Tax Law (Robert van Brederode & Richard Krever, editors) (Kluwer Law International) (forthcoming 2013)

Auer/Seminole Rock Deference in the Tax Court, 11 Pitt. Tax Rev. _ (forthcoming 2013)

Reforming Federal Tax Litigation: An Agenda, 41 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. _ (forthcoming 2013)

Preserving Fairness in Tax Administration in the Mayo Era, 32 Va. Tax Rev. 269 (2012)

The Anti-Injunction Act and the Individual Mandate, 133 Tax Notes 1395 (2011)

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