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Edward D. Kleinbard
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Edward D. Kleinbard is the Johnson Professor of Law and Business at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law. Professor Kleinbard's work focuses on the taxation of capital income, international tax issues, and the political economy of taxation.

Before joining USC Law, Professor Kleinbard served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Congress’s nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation. Prior to his appointment to the Joint Committee, Kleinbard was a partner in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Professor Kleinbard received his J.D. from Yale Law School, and his M.A. in History and  B.A. in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Brown University.

In 2009 Professor Kleinbard delivered the annual Laurence Neal Woodworth Memorial Lecture in Federal Tax Law and Policy (published in Tax Notes, May 18, 2009 under the title “How Tax Expenditures Distort Our Budget and Our Political Processes”).His recent papers include Stateless Income (Florida Tax Review), The Lessons of Stateless Income (Tax Law Review), The Better Base Case (Tax Notes), Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan (Tax Notes), and Tax Expenditure Framework Legislation (National Tax Journal).  Professor Kleinbard has testified before the Congress on tax policy matters, and has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, the Huffington Post,, and other media outlets. 

His latest book, published in 2014, We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money (Oxford University Press), provides expert commentary, analysis, and policy solutions for our flawed fiscal system that has produced a serious gap in wealth distribution.

Latest Work by Edward D. Kleinbard
Critics Praise Kleinbard’s We Are Better Than This
April 20, 2015
Through a Latte, Darkly: Starbucks’ Window into Stateless Income Tax Planning
May 17, 2013
Yes, Hard-Working Red-Stater, the Government Is Subsidizing Your Health Insurance
April 23, 2013
Reducing the Deficit by Eliminating Wasteful Spending in the Tax Code
March 5, 2013
Video: Edward Kleinbard Explains How To Avoid the Debt Ceiling Using IOUs
January 12, 2013
The Debt Ceiling’s Escape Hatch
January 10, 2013
Developments in Tax Policy: The 2012 Edition
December 20, 2012
FEATURING Edward D. Kleinbard
Our Debt Ceiling Nightmare
October 21, 2015
Background Briefing with Ian Masters
October 19, 2015
Is Donald Trump Serious?
September 29, 2015
Donald Trump’s Tax Plan Offers Something for Everybody
September 28, 2015
BOOK REVIEW: Kleinbard’s We Are Better Than This
September 9, 2015
Book Review: We Are Better Than This
May 28, 2015
The Invisible Hand of God
May 1, 2015
Festival of Books: Matt Taibbi, Steve Lopez on Socio-Economic Clout
April 19, 2015
Stop Letting the Rich Move to Puerto Rico as a Tax Haven
April 10, 2015
Patching Up the Social Safety Net
March 17, 2015
Take the Odds on Corporate Tax Reform
March 3, 2015
Hey, It Could Happen! The Optimist’s Case For Tax Reform
March 2, 2015
What Does Meaningful Tax Reform Look Like?
February 24, 2015
How U.S. Corporations Use Overseas Cash in U.S. Without Paying Taxes
February 23, 2015
Kleinbard Presents We Are Better Than This Today at Pepperdine
February 18, 2015
Obama’s Plan To Tax Overseas Earnings Draws Scrutiny
February 12, 2015
Most CFOs are Embarrassed By Their Companies’ Tax Avoidance Schemes
February 10, 2015
Obama Wants a New Tax on U.S. Companies’ Overseas Profits
February 2, 2015
Economic Inequality and the U.S. Tax System
January 23, 2015
White House Rolls Out Tax Proposals Before State Of The Union Address
January 21, 2015
California Tax Reform Should Reflect Shift To Service Economyx
January 7, 2015
A Republican Ruse to Make Tax Cuts Look Good
January 5, 2015
Invisible Man: Losing Sight of the Real Adam Smith
November 11, 2014
Why Voter Anger Won’t Translate into Corporate Tax Reform
November 6, 2014
Structural Revenue Issue Negates Deficit Gains
October 29, 2014
Lower Gas Prices Mean Instant Middle-Class Stimulus
October 29, 2014
U.S. Has Highest Poverty of any OECD Country: Report
October 29, 2014
The Risks of Income Inequality
October 27, 2014
On Fiscal Policy, USC Professor’s Viewpoint Is Moral and Farsighted
October 20, 2014
Ireland to close corporate tax loophole used by Google and others
October 15, 2014
Tax Expert Says Everyone’s Too Obsessed With Taxes
October 14, 2014
Don’t Soak the Rich
October 10, 2014
Google’s tax setup challenged by France
October 9, 2014
Tax worm in the Apple: Ireland’s largess raises questions
October 7, 2014
Apple’s Irish Luck
October 6, 2014
EU regulators target Apple Ireland tax deal
October 3, 2014
Crackdown on Apple in Ireland Opens Front on Tax Avoidance War
October 1, 2014
Battle on Capitol Hill over tax inversions
September 15, 2014
Inversion delusion
September 10, 2014
Lew Says Administration Close to Decision On Inversions; Others Debating Possibilities
September 10, 2014
Burger King’s claim that move won’t save taxes draws skepticism
September 8, 2014
A mountain of money is almost a burden to a firm that doesn’t buy big
September 8, 2014
Burger King: It’s Not the Taxes. Experts: Dollars to Doughnuts, That’s a Whopper
September 3, 2014
Burger King says it’s ‘not moving’ and ‘will continue to pay all’ of its taxes
September 2, 2014
Mergers like Burger King-Tim Horton’s costing federal treasury
September 2, 2014
Blowing smoke on corporate taxes
August 28, 2014
Broken levy: How U.S. tax law encourages inversions
August 27, 2014
Is the Burger King-Tim Hortons Deal About More Than Taxes?
August 27, 2014
Warren Buffett is ‘betting against America’ on Burger King. Or is he?
August 27, 2014
Politics and Reality Radio: Edward D. Kleinbard discusses his new book
August 25, 2014
Top tax expert: Companies moving abroad to please shareholders
August 25, 2014
Tax burden is not as heavy as it looks
August 25, 2014
U.S. corporate tax code’s woes don’t include too-high rates
August 22, 2014
Could a Carbon Tax Cut Down on Corporate Inversions?
August 22, 2014
August 20, 2014
Don’t Believe the Crocodile Tears Over High Corporate Tax Rates
August 20, 2014
New Study Debunks Big Corporations’ Argument About Taxes
August 20, 2014
Expert debunks claim U.S. corporate taxes are too high
August 20, 2014
Tax Burden in U.S. Not as Heavy as It Looks, Report Says
August 19, 2014
Fleischer sides with Obama’s pen pushers on inversions
August 11, 2014
How Americans Scared Walgreens Out Of A $4 Billion Tax Dodge
August 8, 2014
White House Seeks Ways To Go It Alone In Keeping Companies Stateside
August 8, 2014
Walgreens Abandons Relocation Scheme To Avoid U.S. Taxes After Public Shaming
August 7, 2014
S&P finally finds something to dislike in our extreme wealth gap: It’s hurting economic growth
August 6, 2014
U.S. policymakers gird for rash of corporate expatriations
August 6, 2014
Inequality Exists. Ask the Middle Class.
August 6, 2014
There’s No Defense for Today’s Income Inequality
August 4, 2014
Close loopholes that let U.S. firms avoid taxes by using inversions
August 4, 2014
Tax Inversions Must Be Stopped Now
July 22, 2014
Merger Rush for Offshore Tax Break Bets on U.S. Stalemate
July 21, 2014
Corporate Tax Inversions Will Cost U.S. Billions — and We’ll All Pay
July 18, 2014
Expatriate Americans Break Up With Uncle Sam to Escape Tax Rules
June 20, 2014
Dealmakers Ignore Tax Limit Plan Spurred by Pfizer Bid
May 27, 2014
The latest sign that everyone has completely given up on a reasonable tax code
May 22, 2014
EBay to Take $3 Billion Tax Charge for Repatriating Cash -5th Update
April 30, 2014
Don’t think you can fool the IRS
April 15, 2014
Today in corporate tax avoidance: Caterpillar’s ‘pink elephant’
April 4, 2014
Caterpillar and crazy tax avoidance contortions
March 24, 2014
GOP seeks to settle ‘the score’
March 17, 2014
Obama Budget Raises $276 Billion From U.S. Multinationals
March 5, 2014
Companies Fleeing Taxes Pay CEOs Extra as Law Backfires
January 28, 2014
Since ’12 election, drive to end tax loophole fizzled out
December 1, 2013
How Much Does Ted Cruz’s Goldman Sachs Health Care Plan Cost Taxpayers?
October 28, 2013
The Huge Health-Care Subsidy Everyone is Ignoring
October 16, 2013
It Isn’t Time To Bury The Income Tax Just Yet
October 9, 2013
Regulators prepare to be ‘handcuffed’ in shutdown
September 26, 2013
Special Report: How a German tech giant trims its U.S. tax bill
September 23, 2013
Company Profits Without Borders Spurs Government Scrutiny: Taxes
August 14, 2013
As its business grows, so does Amazon’s D.C. lobbying presence
August 7, 2013
Excuse Me Apple, Google, Starbucks & H-P: IRS Wants To Tax Stateless Income
August 6, 2013
Transparency Is an Essential First Step
May 31, 2013
Apple’s Tax “Avoidance”: Blame the Complex U.S. Tax Code?
May 22, 2013
Apple Chief Calls on US Government to Slash US Corporate Tax
May 22, 2013
Senate Panel Is Expected to Castigate Apple on Tax Tactics
May 21, 2013
3 ways to relieve our tax hangovers
April 23, 2013
The Debt Ceiling’s Escape Hatch
January 10, 2013

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