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Kahn, Douglas A.

Paul G. Kauper Professor of Law Emeritus



E-mail dougkahn@umich.edu

Douglas A. Kahn, the Paul G. Kauper Professor of Law Emeritus, taught courses that included Tax Planning for Business Transactions, Taxation of Individual Income, Corporate Taxation, Partnership Tax, and Legal Process. He coauthored two casebooks, one on corporate taxation and one on taxation of transfers of wealth, as well as several textbooks on those subjects and on individual income taxation. A coauthored book, Federal Income Tax, was published in 2011, and another coauthored book, Principles of Corporate Taxation, was published in 2010. His recent articles have included "Tax Consequences When a New Employer Bears the Cost of the Employee's Terminating a Prior Employment Relationship" (coauthored), published in the Florida Tax Review; "Prevention of Double Deductions of a Single Loss: Solutions in Search of a Problem" (coauthored), published in the Virginia Tax Review; "The Taxation of a Gift or Inheritance from an Employer," published in The Tax Lawyer; and "A Proposed Replacement of the Tax Expenditure Concept and a Different Perspective on Accelerated Depreciation," published in the Florida State University Law Review. Prior to beginning his academic career, Professor Kahn practiced in Washington, D.C., and served as a trial attorney with both the civil and tax divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice. A graduate of the University of North Carolina and of The George Washington University Law School, he joined the Law School faculty in 1964.

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The Downside of Requiring Additional Experiential Courses in Law School. U of Michigan Public Law & Legal Theory Working Paper no. 548. Working Paper.
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Co-author. "The Fallacious Objections to the Tax Treatment of Carried Interest." J. H. Kahn, co-author. Fla. Tax Rev. 20, no. 5 (2017): 319-34.
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Co-author. Taxation of S Corporations in a Nutshell. 2nd ed. J. H. Kahn and T. G. Perris, co-authors. St. Paul, MN: West Academic, 2017.

​Co-author. "Response to Dude, Where's my Deduction?" H. Bromberg, co-author. Colum. J. Tax L. Tax Matters 8, no. 2 (2017): 33.
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​Co-author. "Response to 'Reverse Al Capone-ism' and the Tax Treatment of Marijuana Businesses." H. Bromberg, co-author. Colum. J. Tax L. Tax Matters 8, no. 2 (2017): 32.
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Co-author. "Prompt on the Tax Treatment of a Marijuana Business." H. Bromberg, co-author. Colum. J. Tax L. Tax Matters 8, no. 2 (2017): 23-4.
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Co-author. "Provisions Denying a Deduction for Illegal Expenses and Expenses of an Illegal Business Should be Repealed." H. Bromberg, co-author. Fla. Tax Rev. 18, no. 5 (2016): 207-34.
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"Proposed Regulatory Change of Treatment of a Guaranteed Payment from a Partnership to a Partner." Mich. Bus. & Entrepreneurial L. Rev. 5, no. 2 (2016): 125-36.
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Co-author. Federal Income Tax: A Guide to the Internal Revenue Code. 7th ed. J. H. Kahn, co-author. Univeristy Treatise Series. New York: Foundation Press, 2016.

​Co-author. "The Agency Exception to the Anticipatory Assignment Doctrine." J. H. Kahn, co-author. Tax Notes 146 (2015): 555-58​.
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Co-author. "Cancellation of Debt and Related Transactions." J. H. Kahn, co-author. Tax Law. 69, no. 1 (2015): 161-211.
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