March Madness

3 Things I Learned on Blog-cation

by Joshua on March 27, 2011

Yes, I know. It has certainly been awhile. In my first post back, I thought I would fill you in on a few things I have learned while on my blog-cation (vacation from blogging – a.k.a. my lame play on words).

1. Patience is a virtue. When I first started law school, I assumed, like many others, that I would have a full-time job lined up by the time I started my 3L year. Times have certainly changed, and what I have learned since attending an LL.M. Tax Program is that patience and persistence will eventually pay off. Rather than doing a lot of hiring in the Fall, I have seen an increase in the number of interviews for Tax LL.M. students this semester. If you are considering an LL.M. program next year, be ready to wait until Spring to have your job lined up.

2. iPad 2 is great. Yes, I am the proud owner of a new iPad. Although I have certainly gotten my Angry Birds fix, there are plenty of apps that I have been using that are great for school, especially, tax students. One app in particular is LawToGo’s Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations. This app aims to replace those heavy code and reg books that you are required to have with you at all times in the Graduate Tax program. Below is a video demonstration of the app.

3. March Madness Brackets > Tax Brackets. Around this time of the year, individuals are gathering information to complete two important documents: A March Madness Bracket and a Tax Return. Fortunately, for ESPN, CBSsports, Yahoo and the like, everyone seems to get their brackets filled in on time. Unfortunately, for the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury, some people don’t want to pay to play. As I watched President Obama fill out TWO brackets (a Men’s and Women’s bracket) on ESPN, I thought to myself, “What if a tax return were as easy as filling out an NCAA Tourney Bracket?” Obviously, the guess work that is involved in filling out an NCAA Bracket would have to be taken out of filling out your “bracket-style” tax return. But I think there is something to be said for the fact that thousands of people pay money to fill out a bracket sheet with little or no knowledge about the teams competing. While I don’t think we will be seeing new tax forms anytime soon, one thing is for sure: I will be leaving the University of Pittsburgh out of my final four as long as I continue filling out a March Madness bracket.

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If you are a sports fan, you may have spent countless hours looking at stats, crunching numbers, and watching games from this season in order to fill out your 2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket. Regardless of the method to your madness, PayScale.com took a unique approach to determining this year’s champion. The online line leader in global compensation data filled out a bracket and advanced teams based on the school’s average alumni salary. This year’s champion: Duke. Check out the site’s Sweet Sixteen below. The full bracket is available at this link PayScale’s NCCA Bracket Predictions

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Lehigh University SalaryWake Forest University Salary
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University of Maryland SalaryCornell University Salary
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Georgetown University SalaryUniversity of Washington Salary
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Georgia Institute of Technology SalaryClemson University Salary
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Gonzaga University SalaryDuke University Salary
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Vanderbilt University SalaryTexas A&M University Salary
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University of Minnesota SalaryUniversity of Notre Dame Salary
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Brigham Young University SalaryVillanova University Salary
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