Christopher H. Hanna

Headshot of Christopher H. Hanna, faculty member at SMU Dedman School of Law.

Alan D. Feld Endowed Professor of Law and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor

Full-time faculty


Christopher H. Hanna is the Alan D. Feld Endowed Professor of Law and the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Southern Methodist University. Professor Hanna has been a visiting professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, the University of Texas School of Law, and the University of Tokyo School of Law. In 1998, Professor Hanna served as a consultant in residence to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. From June 2000 until April 2001, he assisted the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation in its complexity study of the U.S. tax system, and from May 2002 until February 2003, he assisted the Joint Committee in its study of Enron. Upon completion of the study, he continued to serve as a consultant to the Joint Committee on tax legislation. From May 2011 until December 2018, he served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tax Reform to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance (Republican staff).

Prior to coming to SMU, Professor Hanna was a tax attorney with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Steptoe & Johnson. He has received nine Dr. Don M. Smart Teaching Awards for excellence in teaching at SMU Dedman School of Law. In 1995, he was selected and featured in Barrister magazine, a publication of the ABA Young Lawyers' Division, as one of “21 Young Lawyers Leading Us Into the 21st Century” (Special Profile Issue 1995).

Professor Hanna received his undergraduate degree in accounting at the University of Florida (1984) and his law degrees at University of Florida College of Law (1988) and New York University School of Law (1989). He is a member of the Order of the Coif, Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma and Omicron Delta Epsilon.

He has authored numerous articles in various areas of taxation including international taxation, corporate taxation, partnership taxation, and tax accounting. Professor Hanna’s first book, Comparative Income Tax Deferral: The United States and Japan was released in July 2000. He co-authored his second book, Corporate Income Tax Accounting, which was released in October 2007 and is now in its 15th edition (forthcoming 2022). His third book, Tax Policy in a Nutshell, was released in September 2018 and is now in its 2nd edition (2022). He is a member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Tax Counsel, and the Dallas Assembly.

Area of expertise

  • International Tax Law
  • Corporate Tax Law
  • Tax Accounting


B.S., University of Florida
J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law
LL.M. (in Taxation), NYU School of Law


Income Taxation
International Tax
Advanced Corporate Tax
Partnership Tax


CORPORATE INCOME TAX ACCOUNTING (West Academic Publishing Hornbook Series 2023)

CORPORATE INCOME TAX ACCOUNTING (Warren Gorham & Lamont 2007, 2nd ed. 2008, 3rd ed. 2009, 4th ed. 2010, 5th ed. 2011, 6th ed. 2012, 7th ed. 2013, 8th ed. 2014, 9th ed. 2015, 10th ed. 2016, 11th ed. 2017, 12th ed. 2018, 13th ed. 2019, 14th ed. 2020)

TAX POLICY IN A NUTSHELL (West Academic Publishing 2018; 2nd ed. 2022)

COMPARATIVE INCOME TAX DEFERRAL: THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN, (Kluwer Law International 2000) (reviewed in Canadian Tax Journal (vol. 49, no. 3, 2001) and Tax Notes (vol. 95, no. 4, April 22, 2002))


Moore, the Sixteenth Amendment, and the Underpinnings of the TCJA’s Deemed Repatriation Provision, SMU Law Review Forum (2023)

U.S. International Tax Policy and Corporate America, 48 Journal of Corporation Law (2023) (with Cody A. Wilson)
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The Rise of the Minimum Tax, 100 Taxes: The Tax Magazine 65 (March 2022) (co-authored)

Corporate Tax Integration; Past, Present, and Future, 75 The Tax Lawyer 307 (2022)

U.S. Tax and Transfer Pricing Developments, Sozei Kenkyu, Journal of Taxation Studies (2019) (in Japanese) (co-authored)

BEAT As an Element of the Evolving Global Tax Environment10 Columbia Journal of Tax Law 155 (2018) (co-authored)
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Some Observations on Corporate or Business Tax Reform, 68 SMU Law Review 595 (2015)
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Corporate Tax Reform: Listening to Corporate America, 35 Journal of Corporation Law 283 (2009)
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The Real Value of Tax Deferral, 61 Florida Law Review 203 (2009)
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Taxation of Supernormal Returns, (with David Elkins), 62 Tax Lawyer 93 (Fall 2008)
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Tax Theories and Tax Reform, 59 SMU Law Review 435 (Spring 2006—Tax Symposium Issue)
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The Magic in the Tax Legislative Process, 59 SMU Law Review 649 (Spring 2006—Tax Symposium Issue)
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From Gregory to Enron:  The Too Perfect Theory and Tax Law, 24 Virginia Tax Review 737 (2005)
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Some Observations on a Pure Income Tax System, 34 International Lawyer 125 (2000) (Reprinted in A New International Financial Architecture: A Viable Approach (2001))
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Demystifying Tax Deferral, 52 SMU Law Review 383 (1999—Tax Symposium Issue )
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The Virtual Reality of Eliminating Tax Deferral, 12 American Journal of Tax Policy 449 (1995)
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Partnership Distributions: Whatever Happened to Nonrecognition?, 82 Kentucky Law Journal 465 (1994)
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Co-Author, “Interest Under Section 453A(c): Is It or Isn't It?” 56 Tax Notes 1345 (1992) (with Samuel Olchyk)
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A Partnership's Business Purpose Taxable Year: A Deferral Provision Whose Time Has Passed, 45 The Tax Lawyer 685 (1992)

U.S. Tax Treatment of Cross-Border Acquisitive Reorganizations, Part I, 37 Canadian Tax Journal 1074 (1989) (co-authored)

U.S. Tax Treatment of Cross-Border Acquisitive Reorganizations, Part II, 37 Canadian Tax Journal 1318 (1989) (co-authored)

Notice 89-21 Crashes the Interest Rate Swap Party, 45 Tax Notes 337 (1989) (co-authored)

Book chapters

Some Observations on the Japanese Tax System at the Beginning of the 21st Century, in LAW IN JAPAN: A TURNING POINT (2008)


An Introduction to Taxation in the United States,” to be translated into Spanish and published, in EL DERECHO DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS EN MATERIA DE INVERSIONES Y LIBRE COMERCIO (2001) (co-author)

Other publications

Comprehensive Tax Reform for 2015 and Beyond (Senate Finance Committee December 2014) (Principal Drafter)

The Transfer Pricing of Intangibles, 114 Tax Notes 861 (February 26, 2007) (with Cym H. Lowell) (reprinted in 45 Tax Notes International 1111 (March 19, 2007))

"Additional Options to Improve Tax Compliance,” prepared by the Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (August 3, 2006) (contributor)

Options to Improve Compliance and Reform Tax Expenditures, Contributor Report of the U.S. Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation (January 27, 2005)

Report of Investigation of Enron Corporation and Related Entities Regarding Federal Tax and Compensation Issues, and Policy Recommendations, Consultant, Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (3 volumes) (February 2003)

Introduction, Incremental and Fundamental Tax Reform, 56 SMU Law Review 3 (Winter 2003)
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Some Modest Simplification Proposals for Inbound Transactions, 56 SMU Law Review 377 (Winter 2003)
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A Tribute to Professor Joseph W. McKnight: Shades of the Highwayman's Case in the 21st Century, 55 SMU Law Review 229 (2002)
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The Alternative Minimum Tax: The Ticking Time Bomb in the Income Tax System, 33 The Brief 32 (Fall 2001)
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Introduction, 54 SMU Law Review 3 (2001—Tax Symposium Issue)
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Study of the Overall State of the Federal Tax System and Recommendations for Simplification, Pursuant to Section 8022(3)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, Assisted in Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (April 2001)

Introduction, 52 SMU Law Review 333 (1999—Tax Symposium Issue)
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Current Trends in American Legal Education, 44 Dokkyo University Law Review 23 (1997)

Initial Thoughts on Classifying the Major Japanese Business Entities Under the Check-the-Box Regulations, 51 SMU Law Review 75 (1998)
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Book Review, U.S. International Taxation, 27 The International Lawyer 811 (1993)
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Supreme Court Decides Two Major Tax Cases, 11 ABA Section of Taxation Newsletter 73 (1992) (co-author)


The Rise of the Minimum Tax, 74th Annual Federal Tax Conference, University of Chicago Law School (November 5-6, 2021)

U.S. International Tax Law Developments, 69th Annual University of Texas Law School Tax Conference (December 1-2, 2021)