Professor Goldberg’s specialty is tax law. During his years on the faculty, he has taught courses in income taxation, various aspects of business taxation (partnership and corporate), tax policy, international taxation, and law and economics. He has received the Outstanding Teaching Award by vote of the graduating class. Over the years, he has lectured at various programs for tax lawyers, including the New York University Institute on Federal Taxation.
Professor Goldberg’s research interests include tax policy issues, and he is the author of the book The Death of the Income Tax: A Progressive Consumption Tax and the Path to Fiscal Reform, published by Oxford University Press. The book explains why the current income tax is fatally flawed and proposes a plan to replace it with a progressive consumption tax. He also has published several articles on aspects of the income tax/consumption tax choice as well as other tax policy issues in scholarly journals including the Tax Law Review, the Tax Lawyer, the Virginia Tax Review, and Tax Notes. Professor Goldberg’s research interests also extend to issues under the current income tax primarily related to business and real estate transactions, partnership taxation, and venture capital. He has published several articles in law reviews in these areas as well.
While on the faculty, Professor Goldberg has done consulting with law firms in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, and has served as professor in residence in the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service. Prior to joining the faculty in 1978, he practiced full time for law firms in New York and Washington, D.C. Most notably, he brings these experiences into the classroom and into his scholarly writing.
Professor Goldberg was a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a member of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated with High Honors from the University of Rochester, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the John Dows Mairs Prize for Excellence in Economics.