ATA Award Recipients

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

2019: Amy Dunbar, University of Connecticut

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ATA Outstanding Service Award

2020: Thomas Omer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Roby Sawyers, North Carolina State University

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ATA / Deloitte Teaching Innovation Award

2020: Christine Cheng, University of Mississippi, J.T. Eagan, Purdue University Northwest and Amy Yurko, Duquesne University
“ChicagoLand Popcorn® - Examining Online Retailer Nexus Following Wayfair Using Data Visualization and Robotics Process Automation”

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ATA / PricewaterhouseCoopers Outstanding Tax Dissertation Award

2021: Preetika Joshi, completed at York University
“Does Private Country-byCountry Reporting Deter Tax Avoidance and Income Shifting? Evidence from BEPS Action Item 13”

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ATA Tax Manuscript Award

2020: Lisa DeSimone, Ken Klassen and Jeri Seidman
“Unprofitable Affiliates and Income Shifting Behavior” published in The Accounting Review in 2017

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JATA Outstanding Paper Award

2020: Paul D. Mason, Steven Utke and Brian M. Williams
“Why Pay Our Fair Share? How Perceived Influence over Laws Affects Tax Evasion”
2020-Volume 42

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JATA Conference Best Discussant Award

2020: Paul D. Mason, Steven Utke and Brian M. Williams
“Why Pay Our Fair Share? How Perceived Influence over Laws Affects Tax Evasion”
2020-Volume 42

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JLTR Outstanding Paper Award

2020: Doron Narotzki and Melanie G. McCoskey
“Code Section 304: The Gift that Keeps on Giving”

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Marty Escoffier Hospitality Award (Learn more about this award)

2021: Jeri Seidman

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Letter from the President

To ATA Members and Visitors,

The American Taxation Association (ATA) is home to a broad group of members with interests in tax research, policy, practice, and education. We are in a time of transition that includes the ongoing pandemic; both AAA’s and ATA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives; and the CPA Evolution. I thank our members Kirsten Cook, Diana Falsetta, and Annette Nellen for their service in these endeavors. I also thank Tim Rupert for his service as AAA Director focusing on Segments.

Our last mid-year meeting was virtual and could not have happened without our excellent ATA leadership. Thank you to Jeri Seidman, Mollie Adams, Bridget Stromberg, and their respective committees for their flexibility and tenacity in organizing their portions of the conference...

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Anna Catherine Fowler

In Memoriam,
Anna Catherine Fowler received her BS in accounting from the University of Alabama, after which she practiced for several years as a CPA. After moving to Texas with her husband Jim, she earned her MBA and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

She joined the faculty of the business school of the University of Texas in 1977 as the first female tenure track professor hired by the accounting department. She remained at UT until she retired in 2004 as the John Arch White Emeritus Professor in Business.

During Anna’s distinguished academic career, her research and teaching interests focused on estate and gift taxation. She was an active member of the AICPA’s Tax Division and the American Taxation Association, for which she served as 1993-94 president.

In 2002, Anna received the American Taxation Association’s highest honor, the Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award. She also received the Texas Society of CPA’s Outstanding Educator Award.

Anna and Jim made the most of their retirement years, delighting in travel all over the world. They finally settled in a retirement community in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Even after Jim’s death in 2019, Anna continued to travel with friends, root for her beloved Alabama football team, and live her life to the fullest. She passed away peacefully on October 19, 2021.