Jeremy Bearer-Friend

Portrait of Jeremy Bearer-Friend
Associate Professor of Law
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
[email protected]

Professor Jeremy Bearer-Friend's research views taxpaying as a civic act that shapes a citizen's relationship to government. His scholarship examines the omission of race and ethnicity from tax data collection and tax data analysis, the use of administrative discretion to shape the civic features of taxpaying, and the potential of elective in-kind contributions to government in lieu of, or in tandem with, cash payments. Professor Bearer-Friend also writes on the taxation of business entities. His work in this area examines the asymmetric design of federal tax remittance for wages relative to business income, M&A tax incentives that encourage monopolies, and the use of political indicators to measure the incidence of the corporate tax.

Professor Bearer-Friend joined GW Law after serving as Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law at NYU, where he taught courses on federal estate and gift tax, tax procedure, and tax policy. Prior to academia, Professor Bearer-Friend was Tax Counsel to Senator Elizabeth Warren, leading the Senator’s work on a wide range of tax matters, including tax filing simplification, international tax reform, and the tax treatment of student loan discharges. Professor Bearer-Friend was also an associate with DC tax boutique Ivins, Phillips & Barker, where he advised clients on federal income tax, estate and gift tax, and employee benefits issues.

Professor Bearer-Friend is actively engaged with public policy and regularly advises journalists, think tanks, presidential campaigns, and congressional staff on tax law. His research has been cited by the National Women's Law Center, the Center for Budget & Policy Priorities, and the Roosevelt Institute. Professor Bearer-Friend graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a BA in Comparative Literature and holds an MA in Education from the University of California, Berkeley, and a JD from Stanford Law School. Prior to transferring to Brown, he attended Deep Springs College, a 26 student college located on an operating cattle ranch and alfalfa farm in Eastern California.



BA, Brown University; MA, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education; JD, Stanford Law School



In the News

"The 2020 Election, Taxes, and Furthering Socioeconomic Justice with Jeremy Bearer-Friend"

January 30, 2020
Jeremy Bearer-Friend appeared on The CAP⋅impact Podcast to discuss the potential impact of tax policy proposals put forth by Democratic candidates.

"Bill to Limit IRS’ Ability to Offer Free Tax Filing Service Is Getting New Scrutiny"

April 10, 2019

Jeremy Bearer-Friend is quoted by ProPublica on how the Taxpayer First Act would limit IRS discretion.

"House Backs Bill Barring IRS From Offering Free Tax Filing Services"

April 09, 2019

Jeremy Bearer-Friend is quoted by The Washington Post on the need for a free public option for paying taxes.

"Hating on the TCJA Isn’t Enough: The Resistance Needs an Agenda"

April 08, 2019

Jeremy Bearer-Friend's work on US tax policy for the Great Democracy Initiative was reported on by Tax Notes.

"Filing Your Taxes Is Already Difficult. The House Just Passed a Bill That Keeps It That Way Forever."

April 01, 2019

Jeremy Bearer-Friend is quoted by In These Times on how simplifying tax filings would benefit low-income taxpayers.