Ed Kleinbard Named 2016 Tax Person of the Year by Tax Notes International.
Kleinbard is one of four honorees with Margrethe Vestager (EU Commissioner of Competition); Michael Noonan (Irish Finance Minister); and Jack Lew (US Treasury Secretary).

"With a relentless commitment to rigor and clarity, Edward Kleinbard has brought to light the unfairness of the U.S. economy and the unjustified risks that many Americans must bear. This provocative and entertaining book is a fresh look at how to complete America's social contract. Featuring Ed's legendary wit and ability to explain fiscal policy in plain English, this is a must read for anyone interested in greater economic justice." -- Professor Emmanuel Saez and Professor Gabriel Zucman, University of California, Berkeley, co-authors of The Triumph of Injustice

Edward Kleinbard

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of our beloved colleague and professor Edward Kleinbard. Ed was an important member of the Gould School of Law for more than a decade, was widely regarded as one of the finest tax scholars in the country, and was deeply respected as a passionate educator. View the dean’s message and read tributes to Ed in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and TaxNotes.

Edward D. Kleinbard served as the Robert C. Packard Trustee Chair in Law at the USC's Gould School of Law, and a Fellow at The Century Foundation. Kleinbard was one of four individuals honored as 2016 International Tax Person of the Year by the nonpartisan policy organization Tax Analysts. He authored the books What's Luck Got to Do with It? How Smarter Government Can Rescue the American Dream and We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money, published by Oxford U. Press. 

Kleinbard joined USC Gould in 2009. Before joining USC Law, Kleinbard served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation. The JCT Staff are the nonpartisan tax resource to Congress, helping legislators to formulate legislation, writing analyses of legislative proposals or tax issues of interest to the Congress, and estimating the revenue consequences of legislative proposals.

Kleinbard's work focuses on the taxation of capital income, international tax issues, and the political economy of taxation. Kleinbard's papers include Competitiveness Has Nothing to Do With It (Tax Notes), Stateless Income (Florida Tax Review), The Lessons of Stateless Income (Tax Law Review), Through a Latte Darkly: Starbucks's Stateless Income Planning (Tax Notes), The Better Base Case (Tax Notes), Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan (Tax Notes), and Tax Expenditure Framework Legislation (National Tax Journal). Kleinbard testified before the Congress on tax policy matters, and had written opinion pieces for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Huffington Post, CNN.com and other media outlets.

Prior to his appointment to the Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, Kleinbard was for more than 20 years a partner in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Kleinbard received his JD from Yale Law School, and his MA in history and BA in Medieval and Renaissance studies from Brown University.

To watch Kleinbard discuss his first book and, more generally, fiscal policy, please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdo0huuHx-I

For more information about his books and scholarship, please visit: http://www.edwardkleinbard.com/

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Washington Post

October 22, 2020

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