Richard B. Stephens Eminent Scholar Chair in Taxation
Professor of Law
Karen Burke holds the position of Professor of Law and Richard B. Stephens Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She joined the Florida faculty in 2013 after visiting from the University of San Diego School of Law where she was a Warren Distinguished Professor of Law from 2001 to 2013. Before joining the San Diego faculty, she was the Dorsey & Whitney Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota. Burke received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1979, her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1982 and her LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law in 1985. After graduating from Stanford Law School, she clerked for Judge Robert E. Keeton on the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and practiced law with Sullivan & Worcester in Boston.
Burke’s current research interests focus on statutory interpretation, tax shelters, and professional and ethical standards of tax practice. She is the author (or co-author) of numerous articles and seven books, including Corporate Taxation (with George K. Yin) (Aspen Law & Business, 2d ed. forthcoming 2016), Federal Income Taxation of S Corporations (with McNulty), (Foundation Press, 2d ed. 2015), Federal Income Taxation of Corporations and Stockholders (West Group, 7th ed. 2014), Partnership Taxation (with George K. Yin) (Aspen Law & Business, 2d ed. 2013), Federal Income Taxation of Partners and Partnerships (West Group, 4th ed. 2013). Her recent articles include “The Moving Target of Tax Reform,” 93 N.C. L. REV. 649 (2015) (with McCouch), “Unified Passthrough Reform Misses the Mark,” 146 Tax Notes 1371 (2015), and “Passthrough Entities: The Missing Element in Business Tax Reform,” 40 Pepp. L. Rev. 1329 (2013). Burke has taught as a visiting professor on the law faculties of Boston College, University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania, and Washington & Lee. She is a member of the American Law Institute and served as a consultant to the ALI Federal Income Tax Project — Taxation of Private Business Enterprises and the Joint Committee on Taxation’s Tax Simplification Project.
LL.M., Boston University
J.D., Stanford Law School
Ph.D., Harvard University
M.A., Harvard University
B.A., Smith College
Teaching and Scholarship
Partnership Taxation, Corporate Taxation, Federal Tax Research
- University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty as Professor in 2013.
- Previous Academic Experience: Warren Distinguished Professor, University of San Diego (2001-2013); Dorsey & Whitney Professor, University of Minnesota (1999-2001); Professor, University of Minnesota (1986-1991, 1992-1999); Professor, University of Missouri – Columbia (1991-1992).
- Government Service: Law Clerk, Judge Robert E. Keeton, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1982-1983).
- Private Practice: Sullivan & Worcester (Boston, MA, 1983-1986).
- Professional Associations: American Law Institute; American Bar Association, Section on Taxation; Massachusetts Bar Association.
- A general practitioner is likely to encounter many business enterprises (including law firms) engaging in business in the form of a partnership. This course addresses taxation of partnerships and tax consequences of partnership formation or termination, distributions of money or property to partners, and consequences of sale or exchange of a partnership interest or of the death of a partner.
- Addresses income tax topics which might be encountered by a general practitioner advising a closely held corporation and its investors. Income tax consequences of transfers of property and services to a corporation, distributions to investors, and corporate liquidations and mergers will be explored. Coverage given to tax treatment of “S Corporations,” an increasingly important choice of entity for small businesses.
- Partnership Taxation (with Yin), 3d ed. (Aspen Law & Business) (forthcoming 2017), and Teacher’s Manual (with Yin) (Aspen Law & Business) (forthcoming 2017)
- Corporate Taxation (with Yin), 2d ed. (Aspen Law & Business) (forthcoming 2016), and Teacher’s Manual (with Yin) (Aspen Law & Business) (forthcoming 2016)
- Federal Income Taxation of S Corporations (with McNulty), 2d ed. (Foundation Press, 2015)
- Federal Income Taxation of Corporations and Stockholders, 7th ed. (West Group, 2014)
- Partnership Taxation (with Yin), 2d ed. (Aspen Law & Business, 2013)
- Federal Income Taxation of Partners and Partnerships, 4th ed. (West Group, 2013)
- Corporate Taxation (with Yin) (Aspen Law & Business, 2011)
- Unified Passthrough Reform Misses the Mark, 146 Tax Notes 1371 (2015) [SSRN]
- The Moving Target of Tax Reform, 93 N.C. L. Rev. 649 (2015) (with Grayson McCouch) [SSRN]
- Comments on “Taxation of Intellectual Capital:” Better Than Consumption Tax Treatment?, 66 Fla. L. Rev. F. 47 (2015) [SSRN]
- Woods: A Path Through the Penalty Maze (with Grayson McCouch), 142 Tax Notes 829 (2014) [SSRN]
- A Brief Review of Corporate Tax Articles of 2014 (with Barry & Gianni), 143 Tax Notes 1314 (2014) [SSRN]
- Passthrough Entities: The Missing Element in Business Tax Reform, 40 Pepp. L. Rev. 1329 (2013) [SSRN]
- Framing Economic Substance, 31 Va. Tax Rev. 271 (2011)
- The Sound and Fury of Carried Interest Reform, 1 Colum. J. Tax L. 1 (2010) [SSRN]