About The Tax Law Institute and Ave Maria School of Law Host Agreement

Established in 2001, the Tax Law Institute prepares federally authorized tax practitioners and CPAs to pass the United States Tax Court Non-attorney [Bar Admissions] Examination that qualifies the practitioner as a "Member of the Bar United States Tax Court." The individual may then engage in Advisory and Practice before the IRS and United States Tax Court on behalf of taxpayers whom the IRS asserts have underpaid their taxes; and received a Notice of Deficiency or Notice of Liability which the taxpayer may then challenge in Tax Court. However, the U.S. Tax Court is the only one of three legal forums where the adjudication of the matter does not require the taxpayer to satisfy the alleged deficiency or liability beforehand. USTCPs assume the right to claim all privileges of licensed attorneys who may practice before a tribunal, if so admitted. But the practitioner, "Admitted to Practice, U.S. Tax Court," may only practice before the U.S. Tax Court. To do so, individuals must pass an exam, pass muster with the FBI, and then learn how to litigate.

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The Ave Maria School of Law, founded in 1999, is an ABA-accredited Roman Catholic law school that offers a full-time three year Juris Doctor (J.D.) program that complements a traditional legal education based on the Socratic Method. The curriculum of Ave Maria School of Law includes a three-semester Research, Writing and Advocacy Program as well as several required courses that focus on law and ethics. The school also offers various summer courses.                                 
  • The Tax Law Institute and Ave Maria School of Law have entered into an Agreement wherein the Ave Maria School of Law will Host the 2020 Testing Cycle of the Tax Law Institute.
    • The Tax Law Institute supports Continuing Professional Education (CPE) among federally authorized tax practitioners who apply to be "Admitted to Practice, United States Tax Court" as United States Tax Court Practitioners.
    • During the 2020 Testing Cycle, the Tax Law Institute has planned events on the campus of Ave Maria School of Law, and on the campuses of Harvard and Georgetown universities as well.
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Someone will contact you to explain the program and approve your enrollment, collect your PTIN and credit card information, and/or to setup a payment plan. You may also write a check or send a direct wire to our bank.

Do you need help to prepare for the 2020 Exam?

Virtual Program

Convenes October 2019 and meets every Saturday thereafter thru October 2020. The Program will focus on the following tested subjects:
  • Evidence (25%)
    • Federal Rules of Evidence applied to US Tax Court cases
  • Legal Ethics (aka "Conduct") (10%)
    • ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Rules of Practice and Procedures (25%)
  • Substantive Tax (aka "Federal Taxation") (40%)
    • Income Taxation
    • Taxation of Gifts and Estates
    • Tax Procedures and Legal Analysis
    • The structure and history of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, and the general subject of the revenue laws and the interpretation placed thereon by the Court in leading cases.
      • The constitutional and general substantive law applicable to such Tax Court cases. Specifically, notable published Opinions (about these cases), written 12 months by members of the Tax Court Judiciary. These opinions are important to know in order to be successful on the November 2020 Exam.
  • Test-taking Tips
(payment plan available)

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Live Program

We also offer a Live Federal Bar Review Program® at the Harvard Faculty Club on the Campus of Harvard University, and moderated by U.S. Tax Court Judge and Teaching Faculty and Staff. Tentatively scheduled for 3 days/2 nights during October 2020. This program requires you to travel to Cambridge MA (Boston Area) via auto-rail-air and spend two over-night stays on or near campus. It cost $4,995 and runs intensively for 3 days. Accommodations and meals are included.


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Our Guarantee
"If you enroll in any program and do not pass the Non-attorney Exam then you may retake the program, free-of-charge, during the next Testing Cycle."

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