Edward D. Kleinbard, JD

Robert C. Packard Trustee Chair in Law, USC Gould School of Law

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Edward D. Kleinbard is the Robert C. Packard Trustee Chair in Law at the USC 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.

Kleinbard is the author of We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money, published by Oxford University Press. In reviewing the book, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston described it as "a masterpiece of tax, fiscal and economic policy."

In 2017, Kleinbard joined as a co-author of the leading law school introductory income-tax casebook, a work whose history reaches back to Kleinbard's own professor when he was a student, Boris Bittker.

Before joining USC Gould in 2009, Kleinbard served as chief of staff of the U.S. Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT). JCT staff members are the nonpartisan tax resource to Congress, helping legislators formulate legislation, writing analyses of legislative proposals or tax issues of interest to 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 published articles include "Capital Taxation in an Age of Inequality" (Southern California Law Review), "The Trojan Horse of Corporate Integration" (Tax Notes), "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), "Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan" (Tax Notes) and "Tax Expenditure Framework Legislation" (National Tax Journal). Kleinbard has testified before the Congress on tax policy matters, and has written opinion pieces for the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN.com and other media outlets.

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

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