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Professor Danshera Cords is back from another trip to China, this time as a visiting scholar in Beijing.
She spent 10 days there in early May at the invitation of the tax department of the Chinese capital’s Central University of Finance and Economics, prompted by an initiative at the State Administration on Taxation to further develop its tax laws and administration.
While in Beijing she delivered a lecture to faculty entitled "Tax Administrators' Collection Powers: Do Procedural Limitations Improve Revenue?" She also gave the public lecture "Taxpayer Motivations: The Role of Tax Law and Administrative Procedure in Taxpayer Compliance" and addressed students regarding studying tax law in the United States, as well the basics of tax procedure in the U.S.
Professor Cords led students on several trips to China from 2011-13 as part of Albany Law’s collaboration with the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT). In the fall of 2013, she received a one-year appointment as Distinguished Foreign Professor at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, where she lectured on comparative business and tax; common law and civil law; U.S. taxation; and research, writing, and drafting in English.
She teaches primarily in the areas of partnership tax, corporate tax, and individual tax. She has also taught tax policy, business organizations and Chinese law.
Professor Cords is the author of numerous articles on taxpayer rights and tax procedure, including “Surviving Poverty in a Post-Welfare Reform America,” which was published earlier this year in the American Bar Association’s Tax Times. Her book, Practice and Procedure in the U.S. Tax Court, was published by the Civic Research Institute in 2012. She is working on a second edition to be released next year.
Prior to joining the Albany Law faculty in 2010, Professor Cords taught at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. At Capital, she served as the Academic Director of the Graduate Tax and Business Program from 2005-08. From 2000-02, Professor Cords was an attorney-advisor to the Hon. Maurice B. Foley of the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C.
She is a graduate of the University of Washington (B.A., Business Administration), Seattle University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude), and New York University School of Law (LL.M.).
Professor Cords is currently a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She plans to return to Albany Law School in the fall of 2017.