The Tax Maven
The Tax Maven
Sep 22, 2020
Thank God for Tax Day (Sara Greene)
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Sara Greene is a Professor of Law at Duke. She received her JD from Yale Law School and her PhD in social policy and sociology from Harvard University in 2014. Greene also practiced housing law and tax credit matters at the law firm Klein Hornig in Boston.

Greene’s areas of expertise include consumer bankruptcy and debt, poverty law, housing law, tax, contracts, access to justice, and qualitative research methods. Greene’s research uses interdisciplinary methods to better understand the relationship between law and inequality. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the New York University Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Minnesota Law Review, and the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, among others. Greene, along with others, integrated her research on the Earned Income Tax Credit into a federal policy proposal, “The Rainy Day EITC: A Reform to Boost Financial Security by Helping Low Wage Workers Build Emergency Savings.” Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) adopted the proposal and are co-sponsors of a bipartisan bill proposing the “Refund to Rainy Day Savings Act.”

Our student quote by B. John Williams is read by Kuan-Ting from Taipei, Taiwan.  


  1. Professor Greene’s bio.
  2. Daniel Shaviro’s blog post about Greene’s visit to the NYU Law Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium.
  3. The paper Greene presented at the Colloquium, “A Theory of Poverty: Legal Immobility
  4. The Rainy Day Earned Income Tax Credit: A Reform to Boost Financial Security by Helping Low-Wage Workers Build Emergency Savings
  5. The Pencil Question article is Who's Naughty and Who's Nice—Frictions, Screening, and Tax Law Design, 61 Buff. L. Rev. 1057 (2013).
  6. The student quote is taken from an article in Tax Notes.
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