I have decided to record all my classes for the entire semester using Mediasite and not require in-person attendance. The recordings will be auto-posted to Brightspace. I dislike recordings intensely because they constrain what I say and ruin the classroom interaction, but I have to balance that against Covid infections.

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There are two versions of this course in Albert as shown below:

This course explains how taxes affect mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, valuation, capital structure, employee compensation, foreign operations, alternative investment vehicles, and deferred taxes, including net operating losses. The course also covers the key provisions of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The course is highly relevant to those pursuing careers in investment banking, corporate finance, research, private and public equity, and corporate tax law.


Learn how taxes affect the following decisions:

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Exams and Grading


Class Topic
  • Fundamentals of corporate taxation and core tax concepts
  • Tax disclosures in financial statements: Current versus deferred taxes
  • Choice of form and entity classification
  • Capital structure decisions
  • Formation of a corporation and Section 351
  • Corporate income: Classification
  • Concept of Earnings and Profits
  • Consolidated versus separate tax returns
  • Inside versus outside basis
  • Taxation of shareholders
  • Non-liquidating distributions
  • Redemption distributions
  • Stock dividends
  • Liquidations
  • Sale of subsidiaries
  • Fundamentals of taxation of mergers and acquisitions
  • Asset purchase versus stock purchase
  • Section 338(g) election
  • Section 338(h)(10) election
  • Section 336 election
  • Non-taxable transactions
  • Section 368
  • Section 351
  • Tax Planning for Compensation
  • Stock compensation, Pensions, Health care

  • International taxation
  • GILTI, FDII, Participation Exemption, BEAT
  • Tax structuring