The 2016 Why Tax? 

We know a career in tax promises change, challenge, unlimited opportunities, and excellent rewards and we are looking for creative videos that will convince others.  Encourage your classmates and friends to submit a short video for a chance to win cash prizes. All entries are due by November 15, 2016.

The Prizes

  • 1st Place Grand Prize: $3,000
  • 2nd Place Prize: $2,000
  • 3rd Place Prize: $1,000
  • Viewer’s Choice 1st Place: $1,200
  • Viewer’s Choice Runner Up: $800

Contest Closed November 15th


Upload your video to YouTube and complete this submission form:


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How to Win

Create a 1-3 minute video that highlights the best reasons to consider a career in tax.  Be creative – how would you influence a friend or family member to pursue a career in tax?  We know a career in tax offers continuous variety, exciting and challenging opportunities, and excellent rewards, and we are looking for inspiring videos that will persuade other students. Videos can be shot in the form of a short film, commercial, talk show, music video, documentary, interviews, etc.  Remember your target audience is undergraduate college students. 

A panel of expert judges, including sponsoring firm employees and faculty, will choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners. Viewer’s Choice winners will be determined by the number of votes each video receives.

View Judging Page

Who Can Enter?

Only undergraduate and graduate students at colleges and universities in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and/or the U.S. Virgin Islands during the competition period are eligible. Teams are limited to four individuals.

Naturally, there is a complete set of rules you must read, accept and follow to participate in the competition. Don’t get disqualified!

Read the Official Rules

Content Restrictions

Videos must NOT contain:

  • Items identifying your university.
  • References to specific corporations or accounting firms and their clients.
  • Copyrighted material, unless it is owned or licensed by the contestant or in the public domain
  • Trademarks of any third-party
  • Third-party stock photos, artwork, video, or sound unless it is licensed by the contestant or in the public domain
  • Any material that would require the consent of a third party or that would violate the privacy rights of others.
  • Offensive behavior, language and/or gestures, or depictions of drugs or alcohol.

Videos may include interviews with tax professionals, business professionals & others.


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