In our contribution to this symposium on King v. Burwell, we explore two aspects of the Chief Justice’s opinion where it is hard to ignore the fingerprints of a tax lawyer. First, in the Chief’s approach to statutory interpretation one sees a tax lawyer as interpreter with an approach that tracks tax law’s substance-over-form doctrine. Second, as to King’s sweeping administrative law holding, the Chief crafts a new major questions doctrine that could significantly cut back on federal agency lawmaking authority. Yet he seems to develop this doctrine against the backdrop of tax exceptionalism, and thus this development may have a more limited application to extraordinary circumstances at the intersection of tax and administrative law.
Stephanie Hoffer and Christopher J. Walker
Is the Chief Justice a Tax Lawyer?,
2015 Pepp. L. Rev.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/plr/vol2015/iss1/4