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Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator

The American Taxation Association, in cooperation with the Ernst & Young Foundation, presents the Outstanding Tax Educator Award. The Award's purpose is to recognize, honor and reward outstanding contributions by a faculty member teaching taxation at a recognized academic institution. The award is named after Professor Ray M. Sommerfeld, the first recipient of the award, who earned a reputation as a pioneer of tax education and provided a lifetime of service to students, colleagues, and the profession of taxation.

Criteria for Selecting Recipient

The selection criteria are intentionally broad to allow the Awards Committee to consider the relevant contributions by the nominees in determining a worthy recipient. The types of contributions considered as worthy of the award include, but are not limited to:

  • Curriculum or program development (including related research and/or superior teaching)
  • Participation in student activities
  • Service to an academic institution
  • Participation in professional activities, and
  • Activities furthering taxation as an academic field of study and research.

Eligible individuals should be currently active in their profession. However, in rare instances an individual who has retired from active service as an academician may be considered for the award. In the absence of qualified nominees for the award, the Awards Committee may choose not to present the award during a particular year.

Nomination procedure

There is no standard nomination package. Nominators should state why their candidate should receive the award and submit appropriate documentation supporting their nomination, such as complete resumes and letters of recommendations from students, colleagues, and/or practitioners. Questions about the content of the package should be addressed to the Committee Chair at the address below.

Nominations will be accepted through February 3, 2019. Nominations should be emailed to Linda Krull.

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ATA Teaching Innovation Award

The American Taxation Association presents an annual Teaching Innovation Award at the annual ATA luncheon. The award recipient receives a plaque and a $5,000 award. Submissions will be accepted for innovations in tax courses. The course may be an elective or required course and should be offered in an undergraduate or graduate business curriculum. The primary objective of the award is to encourage creativity and experimentation with new and unusual ideas. Submissions could include, but are not limited to, the following:
- A new framework or paradigm on which the organization of a course is based

- The novel use of a learning technique or methodology

- The use of original cases or other course materials designed by the instructor

- An experiment in group learning or problem-solving

- Integration of nontechnical issues (ethics, communication skills, etc.) into the tax curriculum

Submissions should comply with the following:

- At least one author must be a member of the ATA.

- Award winners must agree to make a presentation about their project at an ATA meeting.

- Teaching notes should be included with cases and problem-type projects submitted.

- A project, but not one that was previously selected as a winner, may be submitted in more than one year.

- The award winner(s) must agree to the dissemination of their award-winning project to the ATA membership, and the material must be made available to faculty and students at no charge for one year subsequent to the receipt of the award.

- The project should be submitted with the goal of facilitating a blind review if possible. Ideally, the chairperson will be the only person who knows the identity of the author and/or authors.
Submissions must be received electronically on or before January 13, 2019. Please send submissions to Ron Worsham at

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ATA Outstanding Service Award

The purpose of the American Taxation Association's Outstanding Service Award is to recognize an ATA member who has provided outstanding service to the ATA for an extended period of time. To be eligible, one must have been an ATA member for at least 10 years when nominated. The person must have a record of distinguished service as an ATA committee member and served as a chair of at least one ATA committee. The nominee typically will have served as an officer or trustee, but such service is not required to be a recipient of this award.

The following information will be helpful to the Awards Committee when evaluating a nominee:

  • Evaluations of the nominee's committee service by chairpersons of committees on which the nominee has served. The evaluations may be solicited if necessary.
  • Evaluations provided by ATA members who have served on at least one ATA committee chaired by the nominee. The evaluations may be solicited if necessary.
  • Other information that the nominator feels will help in evaluating the nominee's ATA service such as a resume or vita.

The Committee will secure the nominee's ATA service record.

Nomination procedure
The nomination must be made by an ATA member. There is no standard nomination form. The written nomination should include a statement of support and any relevant documentation as to why the nominee deserves the award.

Nominations will be accepted through February 3, 2019. Nominations should be emailed to Linda Krull.

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ATA/PricewaterhouseCoopers Outstanding Dissertation Award

The American Taxation Association in cooperation with PricewaterhouseCoopers presents an annual award for the Outstanding Tax Dissertation. The award recipient receives a plaque and a $5,000 award at the annual ATA luncheon.

To be eligible, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Qualified candidates must submit a “working paper” from their dissertation that does not exceed 40 pages (including ALL tables, graphs, charts, appendices, and bibliography).
  • Qualified candidates must complete their dissertation during the 2016 calendar year.
  • Qualified candidates must be ATA members.
  • The chairperson of the candidate's dissertation committee must write a letter to accompany the submission that certifies that the candidate has met all of the requirements for submission.

Submission procedure:
Candidates must email their submissions to the Chair of the award committee, Stephanie Sikes, at on or before January 30, 2019.

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ATA Tax Manuscript Award

The American Taxation Association (ATA) presents an annual award for a significant contribution to the tax literature. The award is given for research published during the three calendar years prior to the announcement year. All areas of tax research and all topics and methodologies are eligible for consideration. In addition, the published article, chapter, or book must meet the selection criteria.

Selection criteria

  1. Tax issues should be of major, rather than incidental, importance to the manuscript. The tax issues can be based on policy or planning factors or can be analytical or descriptive in nature, but tax issues should constitute the major focus of the research.
  2. The article, chapter, or book as a whole should make a significant contribution to the discipline in topic or methodology (or both). The overall validity and usefulness of the results will be considered.
  3. At least one author must be a current ATA member.
  4. All manuscripts published during the three calendar years prior to the ATA luncheon are eligible for the award, with these exceptions:
    • The manuscript cannot be research that formed the basis for a dissertation receiving the ATA Dissertation Award.
    • A manuscript that is an extension of the original dissertation research and, as such, is an independent manuscript is eligible for the award.
    • The manuscript cannot have previously won the ATA Tax Manuscript Award.
    • The manuscript cannot be authored or co-authored by a current member of the Manuscript Award Committee. While a manuscript authored or co-authored by a current committee member is eligible for nomination, such member must resign from the committee to have the paper considered for the award.

Nomination procedure
Nominations for manuscripts, books, and chapters of books published during the 2014-2016 period will be accepted through January 13, 2019.

Nominations should be sent or emailed to David Weber.

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Letter from the President

Benjamin C. Ayers


The ATA continues to be successful largely because of its volunteers.  Many thanks to all of you who have given to this organization in the past and who have agreed to serve again this year.

The annual meeting marks the start of a new year and an opportunity to present our research and connect with long-time friends.  I want to thank Amy Hageman and her committee for developing a great set of ATA sessions at the 2018 Annual Meeting in San Diego.  The annual meeting also gave us the opportunity to celebrate our members’ achievements in research, teaching and service.  The following ATA members were recognized at the ATA lunch at the Annual Meeting:

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ATA Video Contest

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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


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3rd Place Prize: $1,000
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