Phyllis Taite

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Areas of Interest

  • Professor of Law


B.S., Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

J.D., Florida State University College of Law

LL.M., University of Florida Levin College of Law

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Research Interests

  • Tax Policy


Professor Phyllis Taite is a renowned tax scholar who focuses her research on leading issues in tax policy and social justice. She serves as a speaker, panelist and commenter in various venues nationally and internationally.   As a highly sought after speaker, she has presented her research for diverse organizations such as Georgetown University Law Center, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Brookings Institute Tax Policy Center and American College, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and the American Bar Association, to name a few.  As a community leader, she serves numerous committees including the Joint Center Tax Policy Advisory Committee,   Tax Policy, Estate and Gift Tax Committees for ACTEC, and Association of American Law Schools Taxation Section Executive Committee Member. Her favorite activities are visiting museums with her daughter and watching or attending UFC events with her son.

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Courses Taught


  • Individual Income Tax 5463
  • Property 5234
  • Wills & Trusts 5470

Professional Associations

  • Executive Committee Member, Association of American Law Schools, Taxation Section, 2023-present
  • Academic Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, 2021-present
  • Member, Florida Bar Probate Rules Committee, 2019-2022
  • Member, Real Property and Probate Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, 2007-2010, 2016-2021
  • Member, Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2006-2007, 2008-2011, 2015-2018
  • Faculty Liaison, Tax Section of the Florida Bar, 2006-2009, 2018-2022
  • Member, Central Florida Estate Planning Council, 2008-2009
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association, 2004-2008
  • Member, Leadership Orlando, since 2004
  • Member, American Bar Association, since 2003
  • Member, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, since 2000
  • Member, State Bar of Florida, since 1995

Scholarly Publications

Remediating Injustices for Black Land Loss: Taking the Next Step to Protect Heirs’ Property, 10 BEL. L. REV. 301 (2023).

Inequality By Unnatural Selection: The Impact of Tax Code Bias on the Racial Wealth Gap, 110 KY. L. J. 639 (2022).

Teaching Cultural Competence in Law School Curricula: An Essential Step to Facilitate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Legal Profession, 2022 ULR 813 (co-authored with Nicky Boothe) (2022).

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor: How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Fortified the Great Wealth Divide, 48 PEPP. L. REV. 1023 (2021).

Tax Code Bias and its Starring Role in Perpetuating Inequalities, 72 S. C. L. REV. 735 (2021).

Making Tax Policy Great Again: America You’ve Been Trumped, 24 FLA. TAX REV. 240 (2020).

Freedom of Disposition v Duty of Support: What’s a Child Worth, 2019 WIS. L. REV. 325 (2019).

Saving the Farm or Giving Away the Farm: A Critical Analysis of the Capital Gains Tax Preferences, 53 San Diego L. REV. 1017 (2016).

Taxes, the Problem and Part of the Solution: A Model for Vanishing Deductions and Exclusions for Residence-Based Tax Preferences, 59 N. Y. L. SCH. L. REV. 361 (2014/2015).

Exploding Wealth Inequalities: Does Tax Policy Promote Social Justice or Social Injustice, 36 W. New Eng. L. REV. 201 (2014).

Change We Can’t Believe In…Or Afford: Why the Timing Is Wrong to Reduce the Estate Tax for the Wealthiest Americans, 42 U. MEM. L. REV. 493 (2012).

The Estate and Gift Tax Implications of Self-Settled Domestic Asset Protection Trusts: Can You Really Have Your Cake and Eat It Too?, 44 NEW ENG. L. REV. 25 (2009).

The Elusive Cap and Gown: The Impact of Tax Policy on Access to Higher Education for Low-Income Individuals and Families, 10 BERKELEY J. AFR. AM. L. POL’Y 182 (2008).

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