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George Willis

Professor, Clinical Faculty
Director of the Tax Clinic
Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Expertise: Tax Law
Office Location: Kennedy Hall 380
Phone: (714) 628-2531
California State University, Long Beach, Bachelor of Science
Chapman University, Juris Doctor


Professor George Willis is the Director of the Tax Law Clinic and is also the Administrator of the law school's Graduate Tax Programs including the LL.M. in Taxation. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from California State University, Long Beach and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Chapman University Fowler School of Law. He has achieved numerous advanced certifications in varied areas of development. Professor Willis primarily teaches tax law clinic courses in which students represent taxpayers on a pro bono basis before the IRS and in the U.S. Tax Court. He joined Chapman in 1999 after working in practice as a Tax, Business and Estate Planning attorney serving individuals and close corporations. Before opening his practice, he worked for the Internal Revenue Service, Estate and Gift Tax Division and at the First American Corporation under their general counsel. Prior to his legal career he was a Senior Engineer, working for nearly a decade with the Northrop- Grumman Corporation concentrating in special projects at their Advanced Systems (later called B-2) Division and other locations. He is a member of the American Bar Association section for Taxation and the Probate & Real Property Section. As part of the Tax Section, he is actively involved with the committee for Low Income Taxpayers and serves as the moderator of their listserv. He is also a member of the California Bar Association Taxation section and the Orange County Bar Association sections on Estate Planning, Probate & Trusts, and Taxation. He has served as panelist and moderator at numerous American Bar Association (ABA) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) symposia. He also performs pro bono work as a member of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Pro Bono Panel, and as an attorney-volunteer for the Public Law Center in Orange County, California.

Courses Taught: Tax Procedure and Administration Clinic, U.S. Tax Court Clinic and Wills & Trusts.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

"Confidentiality and Disclosure of Returns and Return Information," public comments submission to the IRS, 2012
"Guidelines for Innocent Spouse Relief in Rev. Proc. 2003-61," public comments submission to the IRS, 2012
"Comments on Internal Revenue Service Form 911," public comments submission to the IRS, 2012
Chapter Editor: "Securing Information from the IRS," Chapter 5 of “Effectively Representing Your Client Before the IRS: A Practical Manual for the Tax Practitioner,” 5th Ed, ABA Publishing, 2011
"Tax Return Preparer Regulations under Circular 230," public comments submission to the IRS, 2011
Chapter 12: Litigation of Tax Matters for Low Income Taxpayers; Advocating for Low Income Taxpayers: A Clinical Studies Casebook, Vandeplas Publishing, 2010
"Truncation of Tax ID Numbers on Payee Statements," public comments submission to the IRS, 2010
"Volunteer Preparers' Accuracy Rises, but Budget May Threaten Program," Tax Notes Today article on cuts to taxpayer services, October 26, 2010