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Reid Scott Okimoto
LAW T 540
Seattle Campus

Federal Tax Research and Writing

Class description

Federal Tax Research is designed to: (1) introduce students to the sources and specialized research tools used in tax practice; (2) introduce students to the various written products routinely produced by tax lawyers; (3) require the students to analyze and apply the tax laws to real-world problems; and (4) improve studentsí research and writing skills. Students will draft several different types of tax documents, including internal tax memorandum, formal correspondence with the Internal Revenue Service, and external correspondence with a client regarding an uncertain tax position. The writing assignments will also highlight the ethical issues lawyers face in tax practice. There are no formal prerequisites for this course.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is a graded course. The final grade for the course will be based upon the quality of a studentís work on five different research and writing assignments given over the course of the quarter. Projects will be evaluated for the extent and quality of research, the demonstrated command of the legal issues, the clarity and persuasiveness of writing, the depth and quality of the legal analysis, and the overall quality of the written product. There is no final examination in this course.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Reid Scott Okimoto
Date: 09/02/2012