About The Tax Law Institute and Ave Maria School of Law Host Agreement

Established in 2001, the Tax Law Institute prepares federally authorized tax practitioners and CPAs to pass the United States Tax Court Non-attorney [Bar Admissions] Examination that qualifies the practitioner as a "Member of the Bar United States Tax Court." The individual may then engage in Advisory and Practice before the IRS and United States Tax Court on behalf of taxpayers whom the IRS asserts have underpaid their taxes; and received a Notice of Deficiency or Notice of Liability which the taxpayer may then challenge in Tax Court. However, the U.S. Tax Court is the only one of three legal forums where the adjudication of the matter does not require the taxpayer to satisfy the alleged deficiency or liability beforehand. USTCPs assume the right to claim all privileges of licensed attorneys who may practice before a tribunal, if so admitted. But the practitioner, "Admitted to Practice, U.S. Tax Court," may only practice before the U.S. Tax Court. To do so, individuals must pass an exam, pass muster with the FBI, and then learn how to litigate.

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The Ave Maria School of Law, founded in 1999, is an ABA-accredited Roman Catholic law school that offers a full-time three year Juris Doctor (J.D.) program that complements a traditional legal education based on the Socratic Method. The curriculum of Ave Maria School of Law includes a three-semester Research, Writing and Advocacy Program as well as several required courses that focus on law and ethics. The school also offers various summer courses.                                 
  • The Tax Law Institute and Ave Maria School of Law have entered into an Agreement wherein the Ave Maria School of Law will Host the 2020 Testing Cycle of the Tax Law Institute's US Tax Court Non-Attorney [Bar Admissions] Exam Preparation Program and U.S. Tax Court Trial Practice (Apprenticeship/Litigation) Program, both sponsored by US Tax Court®.
    • The Tax Law Institute supports Continuing Professional Education (CPE) among federally authorized tax practitioners who apply to be "Admitted to Practice, United States Tax Court" as United States Tax Court Practitioners.
    • During the 2020 Testing Cycle, the Tax Law Institute has planned events on the campus of Ave Maria School of Law, and on the campuses of Harvard and Georgetown universities as well.
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Pre-register here to let us know if you plan to attend the 2020 US Tax Court Non-attorney [Bar Admissions] Exam Prep Program at Ave Maria School of Law, Naples FL, Sunday, July 14, 2019 thru Sunday, July 21, 2019. Opening Session is Monday, July 15, 2019 thru Friday, July 19, 2019.

Someone will contact you to collect your PTIN and credit card information, and/or to setup a payment plan. You may also write a check or send a direct wire to our bank.
  • Accommodations
    • Please take note that we have reserved a block of rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach. Because of the high demand for these rooms, and in the unlikely event that the registrations exceed what we have reserved, late registrants (after July 1st) may be accommodated at the Hilton Naples Hotel. Click here. A 3% late registration fee (of the total down payment amount) will be imposed.
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Do you need help to prepare for the 2020 Exam?

Moderated by U.S. Tax Court Judge
Teaching Faculty of Tax Law Institute
Staff Litigators of US Tax Court®

Virtual Program

A "crash-course" for CPAs, EAs, IRS Revenue Agents and other 2020 Exam applicants, not currently registered with TLI. If you are interested in a less time-consuming and less costly non-attorney, pre-exam prep then you should take our 8-session Federal Bar Review© that includes, Mock Testing.

Call 1.888.317.4489 to register, no later than Thursday, Sept 10, 2020.

Convenes Saturday, Sept 12, 2020 and meets every Saturday thereafter thru Saturday, October 31, 2020. Also known as Session III of the Virtual Lecture & Conference Series, the Review will focus on the following tested subjects:
  • Evidence (25%)
    • Tax Evidence as derived from the Federal Rules of Evidence
  • Legal Ethics (aka "Conduct") (10%)
    • ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Rules of Practice and Procedures (25%)
  • Substantive Tax (aka "Federal Taxation") (40%)
    • Income Taxation
    • Taxation of Gifts and Estates
    • Tax Procedures and Legal Analysis
    • The structure and history of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, and the general subject of the revenue laws and the interpretation placed thereon by the Court in leading cases.
      • The constitutional and general substantive law applicable to such Tax Court cases. Specifically, notable published Opinions (about these cases), written by members of the Tax Court Judiciary, September 2019 thru August 2020. These opinions are important to know in order to be successful on the November 2020 Exam.
  • Test-taking Tips
(payment plan if you sign up by Aug 1, 2020)

Live Program

We also offer a Live Federal Bar Review Program® at the Harvard Faculty Club on the Campus of Harvard University, and moderated by U.S. Tax Court Judge and Teaching Faculty and Staff. Tentatively scheduled for 3 days/2 nights during October 2020. This program requires you to travel to Cambridge MA (Boston Area) via auto-rail-air and spend two over-night stays on or near campus. It cost $4,995 and runs intensively for 3 days. Accommodations are limited (9 bedrooms at HFC) and all meals are included. In the event of overflow, nearby hotels will accommodate our guests who should still take their meals at HFC. 

(payment plan if you sign up by Aug 1, 2020)

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Our Guarantee

"If you enroll in our Complete 2020 Non-attorney Exam Preparation Program and do not pass then you may retake, free-of-charge, the 2022 Virtual Lecture & Conference Series©, that includes the Federal Bar Review©."

"Or, you may enroll in our Virtual Pre-Exam Crash Course aka Federal Bar Review©, offered two months prior to the Nov 2020 Exam. Only eight (8) sessions, the course covers all tested subjects and provides the basic skills set required to pass the Non-attorney Exam. You may retake it in 2022, free-of-charge, in the event that you are unsuccessful during the 2020 administration of the Exam."

"You may also sign up for © and/or the Federal Bar Review at Harvard©, offered live during late Oct 2020. And of course, the same Guarantee would apply (excepting Accommodations and Meals). If you do not pass then you may retake the Review next Testing Cycle in 2022.
  • Please pre-register here using the form below to provide your name and contact information.
  • Also, please take note of the required methods of payment should you decide to enroll. Be sure to read our Policy Statements as well.

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