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The American Taxation Association (ATA) was founded in 1974 and joined the American Accounting Association (AAA) in 1978 as the Tax Section of the AAA. Memberships and student memberships are open to persons with an interest in tax education and research. Honorary memberships are also available to long-term members that have retired. In addition to members' dues the ATA is supported by many generous sponsors.

Please see the ATA objectives to learn more about our goals. Under the guidance of President Andy Cuccia, the ATA's committees provide a wide variety of services to the ATA membership. Please see the Committees page for ways to get involved.

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The ATA Committee Volunteer Form for 2014-2015 is now available - please volunteer by May 9. The vast majority of the work of the ATA is done by its members through its various committees. Members are invited to volunteer now to serve on a committee for the 2014-2015 academic year. Those who have not had the opportunity to participate previously are especially encouraged to volunteer. To indicate your interest, complete the on-line form HERE. A full list of committees is included on the form. If you have any questions, contact Nancy Nichols, ATA President-Elect, at

There are a few changes in committees that may be of interest. The External Relations and Membership committee will be two separate committees in 2014-15. One of the goals of the Membership committee will be to identify ways to increase our international membership and engage with those members. So if you are interested in broadening the reach of the ATA in the international community, please indicate your interest in the Membership committee.

There are two new opportunities for 2014-2015: the Tax Educators Conference Committee and the Tax Research Dissemination Task Force. The Tax Educators Conference Committee will be responsible for organizing the first Tax Educators Conference to be held on Thursday prior to the Mid-Year meeting. The Tax Research Dissemination Task Force will work to develop opportunities for the ATA to highlight members' published academic research in practitioner journals such as the Tax Advisor. This is an AAA action item aimed at distributing practice-relevant academic research to practice as part of the Pathways report implementation plan.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to volunteer for the ATA.

Nancy Nichols
ATA President-Elect


A Call for Nominations for ATA Officers, Trustees, and Publication Committee has been posted on the ATA website.

The Fall 2013 ATA Newsletter is now on the ATA website.

The 26th annual American Taxation Association (ATA) Midyear Meeting will be held in San Antonio, TX on February 21-22, 2014.
Click here for Registration and Hotel information - Online registration is open!
Click here for the Calls for Submissions for the Midyear Meeting.

The tenth annual KPMG/ATA Tax Doctoral Consortium will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014, before the ATA Midyear Meeting in San Antonio, TX.

Honoring Ray Sommerfeld - Tax Education Pioneer
In 1993 Ray Sommerfeld was honored with the first ATA Outstanding Tax Educator Award;
Twenty years later in 2013, Anne Christensen is honored with the Ray Sommerfeld Outstanding Educator Award

A Call for Nominations for Editor for the ATA Journal of Legal Tax Research has been posted on the ATA website.

The ATA New Faculty Concerns Committee has compiled a list of of Working Paper and Research Conference Opportunities, available on the ATA website.

The ATA Annual Business Meeting agenda and files (August 5, 2013) are now available on the ATA website.

The listing of the tax sessions (Tax Program) for the AAA Annual Meeting (August 5-8, 2013 in Anaheim, CA) is now available on the ATA website.


At their February 2010 meeting, the Trustees of the ATA approved the creation of an ATA Memorial Fund for the benefit of Doctoral Education.  With the recent loss of long-time members Jack Kramer, Christine Bauman and Marty Escoffier, we are reminded that the ATA created this fund to provide a vehicle for ATA members to contribute in memory of deceased ATA members and friends.  Each August, the trustees allocate a portion of the fund balance to benefit doctoral student education.  Possible uses include travel costs, registration fees, or consortium materials for doctoral students. Information on making a contribution to the ATA Memorial Fund.

Tax Analysts' offer to ATA members - annual application (this offer is still valid as of September 2013)

The AAA has requested that the ATA website not provide conference-related files for more than 60 days after the close of the event. Conference programs are still available; if there is a paper or presentation you would like a copy of then please contact the authors.

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