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President and Publisher
Christopher Bergin

Chris Bergin, president and publisher of Tax Analysts, is an authority on federal tax policy. He joined Tax Analysts in 1991, serving as the editor of Tax Analysts' flagship publication, Tax Notes, for eight years before taking control of the overall operations of the organization. For almost 30 years, he has written extensively on federal tax issues in national newspapers and journals while working in tax publishing. During his tenure, Tax Notes magazine has been recognized as one of the nation's top tax journals. Before joining Tax Analysts, he managed several federal tax products at Prentice Hall Inc. Bergin has a BA in history from Boston College and a JD from Pace University School of Law. In 2008 he completed the Senior Executive Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Friday, July 24, 2015 - 00:00
For several days, you couldn't turn on the TV or radio looking for news without running into “in-depth reporting” on what Donald Trump said about John McCain. This especially included the Sunday news shows – which I admit with some shame I still watch. I wasn't sure if what Trump had to say ab...
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 00:00
For more than two years the IRS has played its old game of hide the ball regarding requests to release Lois Lerner's e-mails -- e-mails that would teach us a lot about what actually went on during the exempt organization scandal. Many of those requests came from the United States Congress: the ele...
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 00:00
The highest priority the IRS has in doing its job is the protection of private and confidential taxpayer information. There is no one more aware of this than the agency itself -- where safeguarding this information is sacrosanct. The IRS's primary job is to collect taxes -- which provide the reven...
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 00:00
Congress has repeatedly slashed the IRS budget in recent years, often in response to so-called scandals (some may rise to that level, others may not) resulting from IRS actions. For example, the agency's mistreatment of mostly conservative groups seeking tax exemption as social welfare organizatio...
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 00:00
With April 15 just around the corner, it's an appropriate moment to reflect on America's least popular ritual: the annual filing of federal income tax returns. As in most years, we feel for the millions of taxpayers struggling to make sense of a convoluted tax code. But this year is different. Th...
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 00:00
Tax Analysts is about to publish the latest edition of our book on tax quotes. Yes, quotes about taxes. One of my favorite quotes in the book is about tax being the only truly funny subject taught in law school. I couldn't agree more. And even though it's April 1, I'm not foolin.' I don't know...
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 00:00
Faced with blistering criticism over how it handled exemption applications, accusations that it wrongly – and, perhaps, even criminally – withheld e-mails from lawmakers and the public, and rising concerns that it is the most secretive government agency we have, what is the Internal Revenue Servi...
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 00:00
It's been a busy couple of weeks. Turn on the TV, and the prime minister of Israel is giving the State of the Union address (well, that's what it looked like to me). There are rumors that former President Bill Clinton's portrait will be nicknamed “Devil With the Blue Dress On.” House Speaker J...
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 00:00
You might think I'm crazy, but every tax season reminds me that I think Form 1040 is a thing of beauty. It is a work of art and a brilliant one at that. Think about it: the entire individual income tax, comprising hundreds of sections, thousands of words, and almost countless regulations, explanati...
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 00:00
There's been a lot of talk about reforming the federal tax system lately. In fact, two of my colleagues, Jeremy Scott and Joe Thorndike, have written excellent posts recently on that very subject. It's fun thinking back to those days of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, with great names like Bradley,...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 00:00
Before President Obama's most recent State of the Union address, there was a lot of anticipation about taxes being a central theme. The White House put out new fact sheets and other information that primed expectations and generated lots of media buzz. I even tweeted about it – a new medium for...
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 00:00
Did you ever notice that the government is like some of your relatives? When they find out you're doing well, that's when you start hearing from them and getting hit up for money. This brings us to the gas tax. If you drive a vehicle with an internal combustion engine like I do, you've had a pr...
Monday, January 5, 2015 - 00:00
Reports from the U.K. over the New Year holiday weekend detailed how the British government's tax authority, HM Revenue & Customs, has been sending flowers to apologize to taxpayers it has wronged. According to the Daily Mail, we're not talking about a lot of flowers really – something like 100...
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 00:00
It's autumn, and Halloween is right around the corner. That's good timing, since the Obama administration has been working feverishly all summer to create a new scary character for the year: the corporate tax inversion. The administration's work has been a pretty neat trick. Corporate tax invers...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 00:00
This week I went to an event held by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center to hear Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew talk about the administration's disdain for corporate tax inversions – deals in which U.S. companies arrange to become subject to foreign tax jurisdiction through acquisition arrangemen...
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 00:00
The Washington Political Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Grease Band is in full summer concert mode. In case you haven't heard of it, there are two versions of this ensemble -- one Democratic and one Republican – but they have several things in common. For example, both are made up of musicia...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:00
Well, Washington found something to entertain itself with this summer: Corporate inversions, in which a U.S. multinational basically flees the U.S. – although its headquarters and executives rarely leave – to become subject to a foreign jurisdiction to avoid paying what is one of the highest corp...
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 00:00
Well, it was only a matter of time before the tax and morality debate that has been brewing in Europe invaded the shores of the United States. And there is an unlikely commander helping to establish a beachhead in the attack on U.S. multinationals – then again, maybe not so unlikely. In a blisteri...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 00:00
Last week it was announced that Michael Danilack, deputy IRS commissioner (international), IRS Large Business and International Division (LB&I), was leaving. This week brought two other resignations from the same division: Samuel Maruca, director of transfer pricing, and Diana Wollman, director of...
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 00:00
We've all been witness to the injuries the IRS has inflicted on itself this year. But, as a comment on my previous post points out (hat tip to Michael Karlin), the reality that “both political parties have cynically abused our tax laws to get charitable status for blatantly political organization...