There is a perception that academic conferences for tax educators are filled with arcane terminology and jargon that only an Internal Revenue Service agent could love. California State University, Northridge’s Monica Gianni changed that.
Gianni, a professor in CSUN’s Department of Accounting and Information Systems, created a more vibrant and stimulating discussion by inviting students, alumni, educators and the public to share their proposals, ideas and suggestions at the second annual Tax Development Conference on May 4, at CSUN’s Orange Grove Bistro. International scholars, alumni, and 15 tax professors from eight different universities around the nation attended and presented their research at the conference.
“Alumni and other practitioners come to provide a different perspective [from] what professors are writing and proposing,” Gianni said. “We opened the conference to more of the community and graduates because they’re what makes this [conference] outstanding.”
Keynote speaker Mark Hoose, Intel Corporation’s senior director and counsel for international tax and adjunct professor at Portland State University, discussed the international tax provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Before the closing presentation, Gianni discussed how base erosion and profit shifting affects taxation in a digital economy. She talked about how business is done online, how tax laws have not changed and how to bring the laws up to date.
The event covered topics such as, “An Evaluation of a University-based, Pro Bono Tax Services Program for Low-income Taxpayers,” “Auditors and the Predictive Power of the Deferred Tax Valuation” and “‘Oh, I See’: Suggestions for Greater Tax Transparency.”
“This conference evolved into something not typical, but something better,” Gianni said.
A reception sponsored by Central Washington University’s Hoops Tax Institute followed the conference. The conference was co-sponsored by CSUN’s Bookstein Institute for Higher Education in Taxation and Central Washington University.