ATA Award Recipients

Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award
(funded by the Ernst & Young Foundation)

2018: Gary McGill, University of Florida

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ATA Outstanding Service Award

2018: Nancy Nichols, James Madison University

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ATA / Deloitte Teaching Innovation Award

2018: Susan Convery, Severin Grabski, and Edmund Outslay, Michigan State University, "Visualizing the Forest for the Trees: Arbor Corporation’s Country-by-Country Reporting"

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ATA / PricewaterhouseCoopers Outstanding Tax Dissertation Award

2018: Benjamin P. Yost, Boston College
“Locked-in: The Effect of CEO’s Capital Gains Taxes on Corporate Risk-Taking”

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ATA Tax Manuscript Award

2018: Brad Blaylock, University of Oklahoma
“Is Tax Avoidance Associated with Economically Significant Rent Extraction among U.S. Firms? Contemporary Accounting Research

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JATA Outstanding Paper Award

2018: Chelsea Rae Austin, University of South Carolina, and Ryan Wilson, University of Oregon
“An Examination of Reputational Costs and Tax Avoidance: Evidence from Firms with Valuable Consumer Brands”

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JATA Conference Best Discussant Award

2018: Jake Thornock, Brigham Young University

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JLTR Outstanding Paper Award

2018: Kerri Tassin, Missouri State University
“Tax Liability Issues Associated with United States Income Tax Filing Statuses for Married Taxpayers and Proposals for Enhanced Equity”

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Marty Escoffier Hospitality Award (Learn more about this award)

2018: Lynn Jones, 2018 ATA Midyear Meeting Chair

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Letter from the President

Benjamin C. Ayers

Greetings! I hope your fall semester is off to a terrific start.

During the summer, one of the ATA planning items is committee assignments. The ATA continues to be successful largely because of the significant amount of time and talent our volunteers invest in a variety of ATA activities and events. Thank you to all who have served in the ATA in the past and to those who will do so throughout this year.

The ATA is investing in the future of the tax profession by sponsoring its second “Why Tax?” video competition. The competition requires students to prepare a one to three minute video that encourages a tax career track. Our Big 4 firm sponsors are again funding cash prizes for winners and dedicating...

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ATA Video Contest

Journal of Legal Tax Research

We know a career in tax promises change, challenge, unlimited opportunities, and excellent awards and we are looking for creative videos that will convince others. Encourage your classmates and friends to submit (may be an individual or a team submission with up to 4 team members) a short video (1-3 minutes) for a chance to win cash 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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018


Beginning Friday, August 31, 2018 upload your video to YouTube, then visit

ATA Memorial Fund

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Tax Career Center

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From Analytics to Auditing, or Corporate Tax to Tax Law, there are great career opportunities awaiting you in Tax related fields.

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