2016 ATA Midyear Meeting

ATA Teaching and Curriculum Conference

February 25, 2016
7:00am – 8:00am Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 9:15am Student interest in Taxation – what are the issues?
Steve Gill, San Diego State University
Mobile phone use encouraged for Poll Everywhere app

9:30am – 10:45am Teaching Tax Research: A Panel
Tad Ransopher, Georgia State University
Roby Sawyers, North Caroline State University
Christine Griffith, Partner KPMG

11:00am – 12:15pm

Tax Teaching Tips and Techniques – An interactive session
Julia Camp, Providence College

  1. A Corporate Tax Return Simulation: Utilizing Electronic Workpapers and Resolving Ambiguous Issues
    Ellen Edwards Best, University of North Georgia
    Jennifer B. Schafer, Kennesaw State University
  2. bContext: Bringing Real-time Instruction to Online Students
    Candace Witherspoon, Valdosta State University
  3. Teaching Taxation through Age-based Scenarios
    Karl Bryan Menk, Duquesne University
  4. Using Twitter in Advanced Federal Taxation: Bringing Current Tax Events Into the Classroom
    Ellen Edwards Best, University of North Georgia
  5. Switching it Up Online: “Switcher” as a Vehicle for Visual Transactions
    Alisha M. Harper, Bellarmine University
    Michael Strawser, BellarmineUniversiry

12:15m – 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm – 2:45pm Using Tax Big Data and Data Visualization in Class
Learn about Powerlytics and its aggregated databases of individual, partnership, and corporate tax returns that can be used in class or for research. Then understand from both the faculty and student perspective how Powerlytics and Tableau can add visual impact to tax courses by learning about an innovative project at Washington and Lee University.

Raquel Alexander, The American Accounting Association
Amanda Garcia, Washington and Lee University
Susan Crosson, The American Accounting Association

3:00pm – 5:00pm Tax Data Analytics: A New Era for Tax
Expectations continue to grow for tax departments to operate more efficiently while providing more strategic tax viewpoints to the business. How can tax data analytics help drive these changes? Companies are focusing on data infrastructure, assembling the right people and resources, and finding new insights through tax data analytics. All of this effort requires new skillsets. In this session, participants will hear on new ways that companies are expanding their data analytics efforts in the tax function. Participants will also join in a group discussion on ways to incorporate tax data analytics into the classroom to help create a new skillset in tax professionals.

Beth Mueller, Deloitte
PetrasVainius, Deloitte

5:30pm – 6:30pm Reception

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