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Principles of Taxation in the United States
Theory, Policy, and Practice

ISBN 9781138362840
Published October 5, 2020 by Routledge
420 Pages 109 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Taxation is a discipline that does not receive sufficient academic attention. It is typically viewed as a subset of law, accounting, public policy, economics, or finance. In this respect, most academic efforts in the field of taxation are shadowed by a mother discipline. There is currently an unprecedented need to approach tax pedagogy in a way that is independent of another discipline. This book caters to that real and unmet need in tax pedagogy.

One of the book’s advantages is that it is not tied to a specific tax year and does not coddle the reader with volumes of time-sensitive information. In this book the tax year is never the focus, as the center stage is reserved for teaching the principles and skills necessary to independently find answers. The reader will learn to appreciate the complexity of the American tax system and will be endowed with the contextual understanding necessary to formulate educated opinions about how taxes work and, most importantly, why. Contrary to common belief, taxation in the United States has remained fairly stable for the last 100 years. This book uses the federal individual income tax as a vehicle to unveil the mechanics that make up the American tax system.

This book is essential reading for students taking a first course in taxation, at the undergraduate or graduate level, as part of programs in accounting, law, public administration, or business at large.

Table of Contents

Part I Conceptual Foundations 1. A Historical Perspective on Tax Policy 2. The Structure of Tax Administration  Part II The Underpinnings of Tax in the United States  3. Tax Administration in the United States  4. Speaking American Tax Language  5. Locating and Researching Tax Authority  Part III The Mechanics of an American Individual Income Tax Return  6. Filing Status and Dependents  7. Taxes Imposed on Income  8. Deductions  9. Losses and Loss Limitations  10. Credits  Part IV Reflections on Policy and Practice  11. The Alternative Minimum Tax System  12. Tax Planning and Professional Standards

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Fabio Ambrosio, JD, LLM, MBA, CPA/PFS/ABV, CFP, EA, CVA, MAFF, CFE, CGMA, is a Professor of Taxation at Central Washington University. In addition to being licensed as an attorney-at-law and Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington, he is also a trained mediator, business valuator, and forensic analyst.


Through this book Professor Ambrosio offers an important contribution to the study of tax law and to the training of professionals qualified to practice in this field, gathering the technical elements necessary to understand the subject without losing the critical perspective on the topics covered. — Prof. Dr. André Alves Portella, Center for Studies in Taxation and Public Finance, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

This book provides a completely fresh new and innovative way to learn about taxes. The text provides in-depth analysis of the historical background of the U.S. tax structure and an easy to read application of tax laws with numerous examples. The reader will walk away with a thorough understanding of modern tax administration in America, as this book brings clarity and simplicity to an otherwise complex subject. — John T. Schooler, Esq. Retired) Supervisory Appeals Officer, Internal Revenue Service, Adjunct Professor, University of California at Los Angeles Extension

This book is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to understand the intricacies of the U.S. tax system. Written clearly and comprehensibly, the book expounds the underlying principles of U.S. tax policy. — Dr. Gaurav Gupta, CMA, CFE, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Professor Ambrosio has produced a very useful treatise for those looking to familiarize themselves with the current taxation system employed in the United States. This book will provide a very good starting point for anyone looking to prepare themselves for further, more intense studies of the subject. — Greg C. Alwood, JD, (Retired) Partner, KPMG International Tax Practice

This book is a great instrument for ground zero tax learners who wish to grasp the essentials of the U.S. tax system. Through this admirable achievement, Prof. Ambrosio makes learning about taxes fun. — Edna Paule Désirée Gnomblerou, PhD, Guangxi University of Finance and Economics, Nanning, China

Professor Ambrosio has written a refreshing guide for individuals wishing to comprehend American tax theory and principles. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who ever interfaces with U.S. tax professionals on a professional or personal level. — Nancy Albers, PhD, Dean and Professor, College of Business, Louisiana State University Shreveport