Requirements & Course Descriptions: Taxation LL.M.

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Program Requirements

Credits​

A minimum of 26 credits are required to obtain the LL.M. degree in Taxation: 13 credits of required courses and at least 13 credits of electives. Students may take a maximum of one, two-credit Independent Study and have it count toward their LL.M. degree in Taxation elective requirements. If a student is accepted into the four-credit Independent Study/IRS Internship, then all four credits will count toward the LL.M. degree.

GPA

Candidates for an LL.M. in Taxation must successfully complete all required courses and sufficient electives for a minimum of 26 credit hours with a 2.50 GPA or better. A student who has not earned at least the minimum required grade point average of 2.5 upon completion of 26 credit hours will not be awarded the LL.M. in Tax. A student is not permitted to take extra courses to earn the required minimum grade point average of 2.5. 

Orientation

Please note that Orientation is mandatory for all students entering the Graduate Program in Taxation.

International Tax Concentration

Students who meet the requirements will have a "Concentration in International Tax" noted on their transcripts.

  • Students must complete at least 8 credits in international tax courses in our program.
  • The required courses for our Tax LL.M. program - International Inbound Transactions (2 credits) and International Outbound Transactions (2 credits) – count towards these 8 credits.
  • Students wishing to obtain the Concentration in International Tax must take an additional 4 credits covering specialized topics within the international tax field beyond these required courses. Additional courses they can choose from include:
    • Income Tax Treaties (2 credits)
    • International Transactions Europe (1 credit)
    • International Transactions South America (1 credit)
    • Representing High Net Worth Individuals (2 credits)
    • International Problems (2 credits)
    • Comparative Transfer Pricing (1 credit)
  • Students must obtain a 2.5 GPA or higher for all international tax courses counting toward this concentration.

    Required Courses

     Federal Wealth Transfer Tax (2 credits, TAX 946; Nichole Scott)

    This course examines federal estate, gift and generation skipping transfer taxes; property included in the gross estate, including prior transfers with retained powers and interests, property subject to powers of appointment, life insurance, annuities, and jointly owned property; valuation; expenses; marital deduction; and definition of taxable gifts, including transfers in revocable and irrevocable trusts, and gifts to minors.

     International Tax: Inbound Transactions (2 credits, TAX 915; Steven Hadjilogiou)

    This course analyzes the taxation of foreign persons in the United States, including taxation of United States real property interests and withholding on the disposition or acquisition of business interests in the United States; related issues such as choice of entity and sales of goods imported into the United States; and pre-immigration tax planning strategies.

     International Tax: Outbound Transactions (2 credits, TAX 916; William Sherman)

    This course examines the income taxation of investments outside the United States, including controlled foreign corporations, passive foreign investment companies, foreign personal holding companies, indirect foreign tax credits, allocations of deductions, and foreign currency transactions.

     Corporate Tax (3 credits, TAX 948; William Blatt)

    This course examines the taxation of corporations and their shareholders focusing on corporate formation capital structure, non-liquidating distributions, liquidations, reorganizations, and the treatment of tax attributes. 

     Partnership Tax (3 credits, TAX 950; Leigh Osofsky)

    This course examines the federal income tax consequences of partnership formation and operation, partnership distributions in cash or in kind, withdrawal from partnerships, sale of partnerships, and sale of partnership interests and assets, including definition of a partnership, special allocations of partnership income and losses, the effect of liabilities and a comparison with similar consequences for S corporations.

     Property Transactions (1 credit, TAX 949; Sergio Garcia-Pages)

    This course provides students with thorough grounding through analysis of materials and problems in the context of representing a variety of categories of taxpayers. A major complicating aspect of the structure of the income tax arises from the different tax treatment of specified classes of income, deduction, gain and loss, particularly, but not limited to, capital gain and loss. An in-depth grounding in the effects of characterization on the taxpayer and on the tax system is essential to understanding the application of tax law. Although covered in depth in the Federal Tax Accounting course, issues of timing are inevitably involved in the course as well. The focus of the course is on applying principles to transactions or events, which requires understanding what was done and why. 

    Elective Courses

     Advanced Corporate Tax (2 credits, TAX 949; Steven Hadjilogiou)

    This course explores the tax treatment of corporate tax attributes, provides an introduction to consolidated returns, and considers certain tax issues that arise in bankruptcy

     Bankruptcy Tax (2 credits, TAX 909)

    This course deals with the intersection of tax and bankruptcy law in the bankruptcies of individual and corporate taxpayers as well as of pass through entities. Topics include cancellation of indebtedness, priority and discharge of federal and state tax claims, and the preservation of tax attributes. 

     Consolidated Returns (2 credits, TAX 912; Kevin Hennessey)

    This course focuses on the implications of filing a return of an affiliated group that shares the use of tax attributes. It explores issues of forming an affiliated group, defining consolidated income, special rules relating to dual consolidated losses, limitations on the consolidated use of tax attributes, the concept of consolidated loss groups. 

     Criminal Tax Procedure (1 credit, TAX 954; Scott Michel)

    This course examines the substantive, procedural and tactical aspects of this branch of the tax law. IRS and the Justice Department prosecute a few thousand criminal tax cases each year involving a variety of fact patterns, from the simple, such as the failure to file tax returns or report income, to the complex, such as the implementation by sophisticated tax advisors of unlawful tax schemes. An awareness of the criminal tax enforcement function is important to any tax lawyer doing planning or controversy work. Topics will include i) the nature and types of criminal tax offenses, ii) government processes and policies underlying criminal tax enforcement cases, iii) the prosecution and defense of criminal tax cases from inception through trial, iv) plea bargaining and sentencing in tax cases, v) the relationship between civil tax compliance and criminal tax enforcement, and vi) the IRS voluntary disclosure policy. Course materials will include selected cases and government policy and procedure manuals. 

     Cross Border Taxation of Financial Instruments (1 credit, TAX 985; Jeffrey Rubinger)

    These instruments are contractually defined interests in business entities that are neither debt nor equity, although they may have certain features of each. Taxation of these financial products is subject to substantial uncertainty and complexity, especially in the cross-border setting where they are utilized as a tool for speculation as a well as hedging. This course explores the cross-border tax issues relating to a range of financial instruments, including total return swaps, forward contracts, options, and equity-linked debt instrument . Corporate Tax and Taxation of Financial Products are prerequisites. 

     Estate Planning (1 credit, TAX 958; Christopher Boyett)

    This course takes a practical approach to the estate planning process, analyzing typical fact patterns encountered in practice. Planning for younger families, affluent retirees, and owners of family businesses is discussed, and ethical considerations, such as conflicts that arise from dual representation of husband and wife, are also considered. 

     Federal Tax Procedure (2 credits, TAX 943;  Andrew Tiktin / Richard Josepher)

    This course covers major aspects of tax procedure, tax controversy, and tax dispute resolution. It also includes an in depth analysis of the tax litigation process, with particular reference to the United States Tax Court. The analysis encompasses the organization and jurisdiction of the courts, choice of forum, pleadings, problems in major cases (such as those involving transfer pricing), partnership litigation, the trial process (particularly with respect to discovery, stipulations of facts, burden of proof, and evidentiary questions), briefs, the decisional process, post-trial activity (including attorney's fees and appeals). 

     Representing High Net Worth Individuals (2 credits, TAX 917; Jennifer Wioncek)

    This course deals with inbound and outbound tax issues encountered in representing high net worth individuals/private clients. The following topics will be covered in depth: The Concept of Residency for U.S. Income Tax Purposes and Its Application When Advising High Net Worth Individual Clients, U.S. Transfer Tax Considerations For the International Private Client Advisor, Advising Nonresidents with Active Operations in the United States, Advising Nonresidents with Real Estate Investments in the United States, Tax Considerations in Connection with U.S. Persons Investing, Offshore U.S. Compliant Insurance Products, Advising Nonresidents with Passive Investments in the United States, Planning with Trusts (Part I) – Grantor, Planning with Trusts (Part II) - Non-Grantor Trusts, Pre-Immigration Planning (or Post-Immigration Clean-up), Expatriation, and International Tax Compliance. 

     Income Tax Treaties (2 credits, TAX 973; Patricia A. Brown)

    This course considers the United States' bilateral tax treaties as well as alternative provisions commonly adopted by other nations' bilateral treaties with third countries. 

     Income Tax of Trust and Estates (2 credits, TAX 910; John Anzivino / Mark Scott)

    In this course students study the income taxation of estates, trusts, and their beneficiaries; distributable net income; distribution deductions for simple trusts, complex trusts and estates; distributions in kind; the planning of funding marital trusts; post-mortem estate planning and the throwback rules; taxation of trusts for minors; charitable and foreign trusts; assignment of income; income in respect of a decedent; the grantor trust rules; and income tax basis problems. 

     International Transactions Europe (1 credit, TAX 918; Christian Wimpissinge /, Andrew Solomon)

    This course provides an introduction to European Union tax law and how tax planning for U.S. multinational groups can be affected by foreign tax law. This condensed course is co-taught by European and U.S. tax lawyers. It introduces important concepts in European Union tax law and describes the most important EU Directives regarding direct taxation as well as case law of the ECJ in the context of common cross-border fact patterns, including acquisitions, reorganizations, and financing structures. 

     International Transactions South America (1 credit, TAX 930; Jeffrey Rubinger / Ricardo Escobar)

    This course provides an introduction to techniques used by international tax planners in an environment where there are an increasing number of tax treaties and significant taxes in addition to income taxes. This condensed course is co-taught by Latin American and U.S. tax lawyers. It focuses on practical case studies regarding the structure of U.S. investments into Latin America but will also discuss some issues involving Latin American investments into the United States. Issues addressed will include structuring sales and services operations, options regarding mergers and acquisitions and issues concerning the repatriation of funds. 

     Introduction to Financial Instruments (1 credit, TAX 984; William Lu)

    Financial instruments are contractually defined interests in business entities that are neither debt nor equity, although they may have certain features of each. Taxation of these financial products is subject to substantial uncertainty and complexity. This course explores the tax issues relating to a range of swaps and derivatives and other contractually defined interests. Corporate Tax is a prerequisite. 

     Limitations on Loss Utilization (1 credit, TAX 922; Kevin Hennessey)

    This course covers net operating losses, loss carryovers,§382 loss limitation, cancellation of income, stock transfers, worthless stock, at risk and passive loss limitation. 

     Pensions and Deferred Compensation (2 credits, TAX 913)

    This course explores the regulation and tax consequences of private pension plans and deferred compensation. Central to this study will be the tax, labor, and trust law principles of the Internal Revenue Code, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and related statutory and regulatory schemes. 

     State and Local Taxation (1 credit, TAX 977; Charles Mercer / Reed Hollander)

    This course examines the constitutional limitations, including Due Process and Commerce Clause restrictions, on state and local taxing authority; provides an overview of three main areas of state and local taxation: income/franchise tax, sales and use tax, and property tax; and explores the practical aspects of contesting audits and assessments before tax officials and tribunals.

     Tax Accounting (2 credits, TAX 968; Luis Arritola)

    This course addresses the fundamental issue of accounting, namely, the time when items of revenue and expense are taken into account. It covers annual accounting, the tax year, accounting methods, asset cost recovery, interest and proxies therefore, and installment sales. 

     Taxation of Exempt Organizations (1 credit, TAX 957)

    This course analyzes the rationales for exemption from taxation and for the charitable deduction and the technical provisions applicable to various types of exempt organizations and to various types of charitable gifts. The course focuses on particular activities of exempt organizations, including political campaign activities and legislative lobbying; commercial activities and other revenue generating activities; restrictions on insider or other private benefit; and complex structures including joint ventures with taxable entities. 

     Taxation of Investment Funds (1 credit, TAX 971; Pamela Glazier / Daniel Kolb)

    This course provides an introduction to the issues that arise with respect to certain pooling vehicles that are increasingly important to the U.S. economy – regulated investment companies, hedge funds and private equity funds. Although some tax issues apply to most or all taxpayers, some issues arise only with respect to particular industries or particular types of taxpayers. This short course consists of lectures by two guest speakers, each of whom is a leading expert on the taxation of the particular vehicles he or she will discuss. 

     Taxation of Special Entities (2 credits, TAX 972)

    This course provides an introduction to the issues that arise with respect to four types of taxpayers that are increasingly important to the U.S. economy – regulated investment companies, insurance companies, tax-exempt entities and unregulated funds, such as hedge funds and venture capital funds. Although some tax issues apply to most or all taxpayers, some issues arise only with respect to particular industries or particular types of taxpayers. This short course consists of lectures by four guest speakers, each of whom is a leading expert on the taxation of the particular vehicle he or she will discuss. 

     Tax Policy and Practice (2 credits, TAX 908)

    This is a course that examines the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations thereunder as a series of public policy choices that facilitate or forestall particular tax planning strategies. The current topic is tax shelters and the more general controversies over form and substance, transparency and opacity. Public officials and private sector tax lawyers visit the course to share their views and strategies. 

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    University of Miami School of Law
    Graduate Program in Taxation
    1311 Miller Drive, Room B-350
    Coral Gables, Florida 33146
    Tel: 305-284-5567
    Fax: 305-284-9107
    E-mailtaxllm@law.miami.edu

    MEET THE DIRECTOR

    Patricia Brown
    Patricia Brown, is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of international taxation, with specialties in tax treaty policy and the international taxation of financial products and institutions.