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2017 Tax Symposium
2017 UNC Tax Symposium Proceedings Released
August 11, 2017

This April, the UNC Tax Center once again welcomed guests from across the country and around the world to Chapel Hill for our 20th Annual UNC Tax Symposium. The event was a great success, with participants ranging from academic researchers in accounting, finance, law and economics to policymakers and practitioners with an interest in evidence-based tax research. This year, the Tax Center is commemorating this milestone event with our first ever proceedings issue.

Jeff Hoopes New Faculty
Welcome Jeff Hoopes
September 16, 2016

With the start of a new academic year, UNC Kenan-Flagler celebrates top global rankings of its research productivity and welcomes eight talented professors who have joined the School.

Accounting professor Jeff Hoopes, who studies how taxpayers respond to tax laws and changes in enforcement. He examines issues at the intersection of accounting, public economics and finance. He has expertise in both corporate and individual taxation and tax administration and compliance.

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Ed Maydew: A Fresh Perspective On Taxes
May 4, 2016

Taxes matter. That mantra drives Edward Maydew to bring clarity to the world of taxes as a teacher and researcher.

“Taxes provide the revenue to fund public services, but they can also have powerful effects on behavior – sometimes intended effects and sometimes unintended,” says Maydew, the David E. Hoffman Distinguished Professor of Accounting. “Policy makers often lack the full set of information to make decisions, especially the connections between tax policy and behaviors. Hopefully my research can shed light on some of these connections.”

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The Curious Case Of Declining Tax Rates
February 22, 2016

You might think corporate taxes are too high, too low or just about right. Whatever you think, you might be surprised to learn that effective tax rates for U.S. companies have declined over the last quarter century, even as the statutory rate held steady.

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Future Tax Scholars Learn From Top Researchers
January 8, 2016

Leading PhD programs sent their students to UNC Kenan-Flagler to attend the seventh annual UNC Tax Doctoral Seminar Jan. 4-7, 2016.

“Future stars in the accounting field come to Chapel Hill to learn from the best tax researchers in the world for a week,” said Doug Shackelford, the Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation and dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler. “Through our partnership with KPMG LLP and the firm’s generous support, we contribute to the study of taxes for the near- and long-term.”

Sending Money On an Overseas Round trip to Avoid Taxes
April 15, 2015

Some investors avoid paying taxes in a move called round-tripping — sending money offshore, then investing it in U.S. stocks or bonds. A study estimates it costs the U.S. billions in lost revenues.

Recently, MIT professor Michelle Hanlon and two colleagues set out to find out all they could about round-tripping.

“I think it’s a big problem in the U.S. tax system that individuals can evade taxes and that they try to do so offshore,” Hanlon says. “So we just felt like it was a big policy issue actually to try to get a handle on how much this occurs and whether we could track this down with data.”

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New Research Shows Multinational Corporations Have No Tax Advantage Over Domestics
December 16, 2014

While the media has been feasting on Lux Leaks and other stories of “multinational tax dodging”, academic accountants have determined that U.S. multinational corporations (MNCs) have no particular tax advantage over U.S. domestic firms.

In fact, a new study finds the average effective tax rate for U.S. MNCs is slightly higher than that of U.S. domestic firms: 28 percent versus 24 percent. The study calls into question policymakers’ emphasis on international “profit shifting,” including the elaborate efforts by the OECD and rich-country governments to crack down on MNCs exclusively.

Courtney Edwards
Prof’s Passion For Teaching Tax Is Contagious
October 2, 2014

For tax professor Courtney Edwards (PhD ’05), it’s always been all about the students.

First, it was the students she mentored as a teaching assistant while she was getting her master’s degree in accounting at the University of Virginia.

Later, when she was working for Arthur Andersen LLP in Atlanta, it was the new staff members she trained, taking time from her proscribed duties.

Tax Efficient Supply Chain Management Is Webinar Topic
September 15, 2014

Effective tax planning should factor into how multinational firms manage their global supply chain.

Leading tax and accounting professors from UNC Kenan-Flagler will discuss the rapidly changing landscape in tax-efficient supply chain management (TESCM) during a webinar on Sept. 30 at 4 p.m.

Douglas A. Shackelford, dean and the Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation, and Eva Labro, associate professor of accounting, will lead the webinar, “Tax-Efficient Supply Chain Management.”

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Doug Shackelford Named Dean Of UNC Kenan-Flagler
January 22, 2014

The next dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School will be Douglas A. Shackelford, Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation and associate dean of the MBA@UNC Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost James W. Dean Jr. selected Shackelford after an international search and the work of a search committee led by Susan King, dean of the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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