15.518 Taxes and Business Strategy


Class Info

Provides conceptual framework for thinking about taxation. Topics include taxation of various investments and types of compensation; retirement planning; considerations of choosing an organizational form when starting a business; various methods of mergering, acquiring, and divesting business entities; international tax planning rules and strategies; and high wealth planning and estate tax. Applies current debates on various tax policy options to class discussions. Intended for investment bankers and consultants who need to understand how taxes affect the structure of deals, managers and analysts who need to understand how firms strategically respond to taxes, and entrepreneurs who want to structure their businesses and finances in a tax-advantaged manner. Meets with 15.5181 when offered concurrently. Expectations and evaluation criteria for graduate students will differ from those of undergraduates; consult syllabus or instructor for specific details.

This class has 15.501, 15.511, 15.515, and 15.516 as prerequisites.

15.518 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by M. Hanlon.

Lecture occurs 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in E52-164.

This class counts for a total of 9 credits.

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