Steve R. Johnson

Steve R. Johnson

Steve R. Johnson

Dunbar Family Professor
Contact Information

Florida State University
College of Law
Rotunda, Room R203
Phone: 850.644.1777


J.D., New York University, 1981
B.A., St. Francis College (New York), 1976

Professor Steve Johnson is a nationally recognized scholar on tax litigation and procedure, including legislative and administrative law topics in tax. Among other courses, he teaches Income Taxation, Taxation of Business Entities, Business Planning, International Tax and Administrative Law. His publications include two casebooks, Civil Tax Procedure (2d ed., Lexis-Nexis 2008) (with David Richardson & Jerome Borison) and Tax Crimes (Lexis-Nexis 2008) (with Scott Schumacher, Larry Campagna & John Towensend), as well as numerous articles on tax procedure and tax law. He is a columnist for State Tax Notes and an associate editor of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation NewsQuarterly.

Johnson practiced tax law in New York City, after which he served as a senior attorney with the IRS Chief Counsel’s Office and a Special Assistant United States Attorney. He also has taught at Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Law and the University of Alabama School of Law, and has visited at Chicago-Kent College of Law and the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

Select Recent Publications

Civil Tax Procedure (with Jerome Borison & Samuel Ullman) (3d ed., Carolina Academic Press 2016)

Legal Interpretation of Tax Law: United States, in Legal Interpretation of Tax Law (Robert van Brederode & Richard Krever, editors) (2d ed., Kluwer Law International 2017)

Tax Penalties in the United States (with Leandra Lederman & Stephen Mazza), in Surcharges and Penalties in Tax Law (European Association of Tax Law Professors 2016)

Seminole Rock in Tax Cases, 36 Yale J. Reg.: Notice & Comment (2018)

The Upsides and Downsides of Ending Chevron Deference, 154 Tax Notes 1287 (2017)

Standing Doctrine in State Tax Controversies, 83 State & Local Tax Notes 24 (2017)

Is an American Value Added Tax Inevitable?, 15 Fla. St. U. Bus. Rev. 1 (2016)

The Future of American Tax Administration: Conceptual Alternatives and Political Realities, 7 Colum. J. Tax L. 5 (2016)

Retroactive Tax Legislation, 81 State & Local Tax Notes 529 (2016)