The Bookstein Institute strives to be the hub for education, scholarship, and community service in taxation in the Greater Los Angeles region. The Bookstein Institute promotes and supports activities that encourage a greater understanding of the dynamic field of taxation. It provides professional growth and development opportunities through advanced studies in taxation, scholarly research, networking events and service learning projects in taxation.
The Bookstein Institute focuses on delivering a number of innovative programs in the field of tax. It has been instrumental in launching a high quality, graduate education in taxation for mid-career professionals. It is also facilitating the publication of a tax journal that disseminates relevant, cutting edge, practice-based scholarship in the field. Moreover, the Bookstein Institute awards scholarships to support deserving students in the pursuit of tax education. In addition, it provides much needed controversy resolution and education related services to low income taxpayers in our area. Finally, it offers free tax preparation services to low income taxpayers in the community through the CSUN VITA Clinic.
In 2005, Harriet and Harvey Bookstein (’70) took a bold and visionary step in creating the Bookstein Institute for Higher Education in Taxation at CSUN. Mr. Bookstein, CPA, a prominent practitioner and a philanthropist in the Los Angeles area for many years, has embarked on this initiative as a platform for transforming the tax curriculum at California State University, Northridge and beyond. In 2007, the Bookstein Institute was formally launched by welcoming the first cohort of students in the newly designed graduate program in taxation. A year later, the Bookstein Institute opened its door to the community by offering free representation to low income taxpayers facing collection, audits and other disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. The Bookstein Low Income Taxpayer Clinic is generously supported by the U.S. Treasury Department and through a matching grant by the Tax Defense Partners, which provides paid clinical opportunities for CSUN students. In 2009, the Institute launched its innovative online Tax Development Journal publishing manuscripts authored by top tax practitioners. In 2015, the CSUN VITA Clinic has become part of the Bookstein Institute and in 2016 Harriet and Harvey Bookstein established the CSUN VITA Clinic Endowment, which provides support for the operations of the CSUN VITA Clinic and ensures its continued impact in the community for years to come.
As always, we welcome your input and involvement during this exciting period at the Bookstein Institute.
Dr. Rafi Efrat
Bookstein Chair in Taxation & Director, Bookstein Institute for Higher Education in Taxation