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Introducing Our Tax Insights Student Writing Competition

April 16, 2021, 5:38 PMUpdated: April 19, 2021, 4:52 PM

Do you have an original take on current events and issues in tax practice and policy—but you’re not yet a tax professional? Your work can still appear in Bloomberg Tax Insights: Our inaugural tax writing competition is intended to highlight the very best of student writing.

Here’s how it works. Write an article addressing a timely tax policy issue. We are not looking for a news or legal summary, but a thoughtful analysis. Pick an issue, take a position, and explain why it matters in the tax world. For example, you could focus on challenging corporate inversions, making tax cuts permanent, reporting foreign assets for U.S. taxpayers, or analyzing the challenges of enforcing a digital tax. You can choose anything so long as it’s tax-focused and policy-oriented.

Here’s what else you need to know:

  • Entries should weigh in between 500 and 1,500 words. One of my professors once said: Extra words don’t mean extra credit, they just mean extra words. That’s good advice.
  • Works must be original and may not appear elsewhere.
  • We don’t publish footnotes or endnotes, but you may use hyperlinks to sources. Be sure to credit any sources or quotes.
  • You can submit charts or graphs to make your article more compelling, but you’re not required to do so.

The Fine Print

You must be a part-time or full-time law student at an accredited US law school, or a part-time or full-time student in pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate tax, accounting or business degree, or foreign equivalent. Co-authored or team papers are okay.

The deadline for entries has been extended to is 11:59 p.m. EST on June 30, 2021.

Entries must be sent via email with “Student Submission” in the subject line to Send your entry in plain text, either as a text file or just typed directly in the body of the email, or as a PDF. No other attachments or formats will be accepted—and for the love of S corporations, don’t send any zip files. Please include your full name, the name of your school, and your email address at the end of your entry.

By entering the contest, you agree that we may post any part or all of your submission including your name and school, as a part of the contest announcements or promotions.


Our Bloomberg Tax editorial staff will review entries (without your identifying information). We’re looking for a fresh point of view that shows a clear understanding of tax policy. Your paper should be convincing and well-researched.

We will post the winning entries—and maybe some other standouts—in August as part of our Bloomberg Tax Insights.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Kelly Phillips Erb in Washington at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jeff Harrington at