Elizabeth Maresca

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Clinical Professor of Law

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Office: Room 9-113

Areas of Expertise: Tax-Individual, Clinics


  • Professor Elizabeth Maresca is a Clinical Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law and Supervising Attorney of the Federal Tax Clinic. In the Clinic, she supervises law students who provide free legal services to low-income clients in tax controversies against the IRS and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Professor Maresca has also taught Income Taxation and Lawyering Skills.

    Professor Maresca specializes in federal tax controversy and litigation against the IRS. She regularly advises clients, attorneys, consumer protection advocates and policy makers on the tax issues which arise in consumer matters. She is an expert on tax controversy matters, identity theft, innocent spouse relief and tax issues that arise in debt collection, FDCPA, and foreclosure matters. Prof. Maresca is a contributing author to the tax discussions in the several treaties published by the National Consumer Law Center. She has also published in the areas of ethics in tax practice, tax interest and tax penalties.

    Before joining the faculty, Professor Maresca spent three years working in the tax controversy departments of private sector firms. She also spent over six years as a Trial Attorney for the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel. While there, she represented the IRS Commissioner in cases before the United States Tax Court, including several landmark cases, such as Federal National Mortgage Association v. Commissioner and United Parcel Service v. Commissioner.

    Professional Affiliations

    • ABA, Section on Taxation
    • National Association for Consumer Advocates
    • NYSBA


    • Professor Maresca received her Juris Doctor and her LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law.
    • A Fordham graduate, Professor Maresca received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Fordham College Rose Hill. While at Fordham, she was a 4-year member and Captain of the school's varsity swimming and diving team setting 4 individual and 4 relay school records. Honors received include Dean's List and the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Award.

Elizabeth Maresca Press Highlights

Fordham Law Tax Litigation Clinic Case Cited Twice in Supreme Court Argument

New Tax, Poverty, and Justice Clinic Addresses Driver’s License Suspensions

Taxes: Making Sense of It All

Federal Tax Clinic Co-Hosts Pop-Up Clinic for Veterans

Here’s What Stood Out About the Trump Family’s Taxes, According to 2 Former Federal Tax Lawyers

IRS Entertains a Stipulation of Settlement with the Federal Tax Clinic

LPA Clinic Advocates in Albany for Tax Debt Law Reforms

Taxes ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ for Some Student Borrowers

Federal Tax Clinic Wins Case to Relieve Client’s Debt

Federal Tax Clinic Scores Victory for Client Denied Hardship Waiver by IRS

A high-stakes battle over free tax preparation

Students in Federal Tax Clinic Continue Fight Over Driver’s License Suspension Law

Clinic Students Argue Case Before U.S. Tax Court

Check Off Your Year-End Tax Planning Checklist

Tips to Lower Your Tax Bill, Part 1

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