Leslie Book, Professor of Law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, is serving as the Professor-in-Residence at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS). As Professor-in-Residence, Book will provide advice, guidance and analysis on various tax administration issues, and lead a team that will draft a report to Congress that will focus on improving administration of refundable credits.
Book is a national authority on tax procedure, tax administration and issues affecting the low-income taxpayer community. Book has written multiple law review articles considering the relationship of IRS agency actions and broader principles of administrative law, on the intersection of tax and poverty law, and on tax compliance. He is the author of the Thomson Reuters treatise IRS Practice and Procedure, the leading treatise on tax procedure, and is the cofounder and one of the primary bloggers at Procedurally Taxing.
Book will hold the Professor-in-Residence position through the end of May 2019. He joins a long line of distinguished tax professors who have held this position over the years.
Book holds a BA from Franklin & Marshall College (magna cum laude), a JD from Stanford University School of Law and an LLM (Taxation) from New York University School of Law. At Stanford Law School, he was a founding editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review, and was a student-editor at the Tax Law Review at New York University School of Law.