Richard Pomp

Alva P. Loiselle Professor of Law
Professor Pomp headshot.
Office: Hosmer 242


  • State Taxation
  • Federal Taxation
  • Indian Taxation

Richard D. Pomp is the Alva P. Loiselle Professor of Law. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He has taught at Harvard, New York University, Columbia, University of Texas, and Boston College. In addition, he has been a Distinguished Professor in Residence, Chulalongkorn Law School, Bangkok, Thailand, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Tokyo Law School and at Harvard Law School.

Professor Pomp has been qualified as an expert witness in more than 30 states and the federal district courts and has appeared in more than 120 cases. He serves as counsel and a litigation consultant to law firms, corporations, accounting firms, and state tax administrations. He has participated in various capacities in U.S. Supreme Court litigation.

Professor Pomp has also served as a consultant to cities, states, the Multistate Tax Commission, the Navajo Nation, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Treasury, the Department of Justice, the IRS, the United Nations, the IMF, the World Bank, and numerous foreign countries, including the People's Republic of China, the Republic of China, Indonesia, the Gambia, Zambia, Mexico, the Philippines, Pakistan, India, and Vietnam. He is the former Director of the New York Tax Study Commission. Under his tenure, New York restructured its personal and corporate income taxes, and created an independent tax court.

Professor Pomp's casebook, State and Local Taxation, now in its 9th edition, has been used in more than 100 schools, state tax administrations, and major accounting firms for their internal training. Portions of the casebook have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is also the author of more than 110 articles, numerous chapters in books, and various books and monographs. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times.

In addition to the local and regional media, Professor Pomp has been interviewed by CNN, NPR, Bloomberg Radio, Sirius Radio, KCBS, WINA, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Sacramento Bee, The Baltimore Sun and The International Herald Tribune.

In 2007, he received the NYU Institute on State and Local Taxation Award for Outstanding Achievement in State and Local Taxation. In 2011, he was awarded the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Lifetime Achievement Award. He was the 2012 winner of the University of Connecticut’s Faculty Excellence in Teaching - Graduate Level. Tax Analysts selected him as its 2013 State Tax Lawyer and Academic of the Year. In 2014, he received the Council on State Taxation’s  Excellence in State Taxation Award. The Connecticut Law Tribune selected him for a 2015 Professional Excellence Award. He recently won the Perry Zirkel '76 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Richard D. Pomp, My Dinner With Ruth, 98 Tax Notes State 16 (2020).

Richard D. Pomp, A Report to the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management Regarding a Proposed Payroll Tax (2020).

Richard D. Pomp, Myth vs. Reality: Airbnb & Its Voluntary Tax Collection Efforts, 93 State Tax Notes 187 (2019).

Richard D. Pomp, State and Local Taxation (9th ed. 2019).

Recent Faculty Notes
Richard Pomp Speaks at Washington State Tax Conference
Aug 9, 2021 -

Professor Richard Pomp spoke at the Washington State Tax Conference's recent meeting on August 4, 2021. The virtual event, "Major Current State Tax Issues", had three main topics - Gross Receipts Taxes, Digital Advertising and Capital Gains Taxes, & Noteworthy Litigation. Pomp was one of the two main speakers during this event. 

Richard Pomp to Speak at Caltax Webinar
Jun 12, 2021 -

Professor Richard Pomp will speak at a California Tax Foundation Webinar on tax proposals on June 22, 2021. The event, "Taxing the Rich: New Tax Proposals on Individuals in California" will be held virtually as part of the foundation's 2021 webinar series. Pomp will speak on a panel of experts discussing proposed tax policy changes that would impose a wealth tax on certain individuals in the state of California. 

Richard Pomp's Work Cited Before U.S. Supreme Court
Jun 7, 2021 -

Professor Richard Pomp's recent work New Hampshire v. Massachusetts: Taxation Without Representation? was cited by the plaintiff in a supplemental brief filed before the United States Supreme Court in the case New Hampshire v. MassachusettsThe case is challenging a Massachusetts tax rule as unconstitutional confiscation. 

Recent In The Media
Richard Pomp in Law360: Retailer B&H Escapes NY AG's $7.3M Tax Dodge Suit (Sep 22, 2021)
Richard Pomp in Market Watch: ‘Dramatic’ increase in IRS capital-gains transactions as Biden administration considers raising tax rates on the wealthy (Sep 22, 2021)
Richard Pomp in Tax Notes: Maryland Circulates Proposed Digital Ad Tax Regs (Sep 1, 2021)