Sonja Pippin

Associate Professor, ACC

Sonja Pippin

Office: Ansari Business 401F
Tel: (775) 784-1337
Fax: (775) 784-8044
sonjap@unr.edu

"My name is Sonja Pippin, and I am an associate professor in the accounting department at the University of Nevada, Reno. I came to the University in 2006 - immediately after receiving my Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. I have taught courses in individual and business entity taxation at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as financial accounting for undergraduate and graduate students. I really enjoy learning about and teaching the tax and financial accounting issues related to business decisions. Students who have taken classes with me also know that I can get really excited about balance sheets and balancing in general.

My research is mostly related to taxes and tax policy. I have published articles in academic journals (for example the Journal of Legal Tax Research and in Advances in Taxation) and in practitioner-oriented journals, such as the Journal of Accountancy, Strategic Finance, and the CPA Journal.

I am a member of various professional groups and have taken on various service assignments with all of them. Important organizations for us accounting and tax professors are: the American Accounting Association (AAA) and its section American Taxation Association (ATA), the National Tax Association, the American Institute of CPAs and the NV Society of CPAs."

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Ph. D. Texas Tech University, 2006. Major: Business Administration (Accounting/Tax)
    • Dissertation Title: "An Analysis of the Impact of Tax Systems on Income Distribution, Poverty, and Human Well-being: Evidence from Cross-Country Comparisons"
    • Dissertation Committee: John Masselli (chair), David Malone, Robert Ricketts, Bradley Ewing
  • M.S. Texas Tech University, 2001. Major: Accounting (Tax)
  • M.S. University of Zürich, Zürich (Switzerland), 1998. Major: Geography. Minor: History.
    • Thesis Title: "Grenzüberschreitende Zusammenarbeit und nachhaltige Entwicklung in der Bodenseeregion" (Cross-border Cooperation and Sustainable Development in the Lake Constance Area)

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, College of Business, University of Nevada Reno: July 2012 to present. (Courses taught: Financial Reporting & Analysis for MBA Students; Principles of Financial Accounting, Individual Taxation; Taxation of Business Entities I & II; Taxation of Flow-through Entities; Taxation of C Corporations; and Estate & Gift Tax.)
  • Director of the Master of Accountancy Program, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, College of Business, University of Nevada Reno: October 2011 to present.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, College of Business, University of Nevada Reno: July 2006 to June 2012.
  • Tax Consultant, Excelsis Accounting Group (formerly Mark Bailey & Co., Ltd.): January 2009 to present.
  • Teaching Assistant, Area of Accounting, College of Business Administration, Texas Tech University: January 2002 to May 2006; Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literature, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University: August 1999 to May 2000. (Courses taught: Individual Taxation, Principles of Managerial Accounting, Taxation of Business Entities I, and Introduction to German.)

Recent Academic Research Presentations

  • Pippin, S.E., Wong, J., Mason, R. AAA Annual Conference, "Perceived and Actual Consequences of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act: A Survey of Americans Living Abroad," American Accounting Association (AAA), San Diego, CA (August 2017).
  • Pippin, S.E., Tosun M.S., IIPF Annual Congress 2016, "Business Entity Choice, Entrepreneurship, and State Tax Policy," International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF), South Lake Tahoe, CA (August 11, 2016).
  • Pippin, S.E., Tosun M.S., NTA Annual Conference 2015, "Business Entity Choice, Entrepreneurship, and State Tax Policy," National Tax Association (NTA), Boston, MA (November 19, 2015).
  • Jackson, M., Pippin, S. E., Wong, J., ATA Mid-Year Meeting and JATA/JLTR Conferences, "Court Rulings in Estate Tax Cases: Is Gender a Factor?" American Taxation Association, San Antonio, TX (February 21, 2014).
  • Jackson, M., Pippin, S. E., AAA 2013 Western Region Meeting, "'Temporary' Tax Provisions and Uncertainty: Evidence from a Survey of Professional Tax Preparers," American Accounting Association (Western Region), San Francisco, CA (April 26, 2013).
  • Jackson, M., Pippin, S. E., ATA Mid-Year Meeting and JATA/JLTR Conferences, "'Temporary' Tax Provisions and Uncertainty: Evidence from a Survey of Professional Tax Preparers," American Taxation Association, San Diego, CA (February 22, 2013).
  • Tchigriaeva, E., Pippin, S. E. 2012 NTA Annual Conference, "Estate Taxes, Charitable Giving, and Transfers to Spouses: Evidence from the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act," National Tax Association (NTA), Providence, RI (November 15, 2012).
  • Jackson, M., Pippin, S. E., Wong, J., AAA Annual Conference, "Asset and Business Valuation in Estate Tax Cases: The Role of the Courts," American Accounting Association (AAA), National Harbor, MD (August 8, 2012).
  • Pippin, S. E., Tosun, M. S., Second Workshop on Current Research in Taxation, "Tax Harmonization in the European Union and the Euro-Zone: A Multilateral Analysis of Tax Systems," European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Münster, Germany (July 2, 2012).
  • Jackson, M., Pippin, S. E., Wong, J., AAA Western Region meeting, "Asset and Business Valuation in Estate Tax Cases: The Role of the Courts," American Accounting Association (AAA), Vancouver, WA (April 20, 2012).
  • Pippin, S. E., Mason, R., Vreeland, J. AAA Western Region meeting, "The Effective Capital Gains Tax Rate and Associated Policy Implications for the United States," American Accounting Association (AAA), Vancouver, WA (April 20, 2012).
  • Pippin, S. E., Mason, R., Pack-Baleme, T., ATA midyear meeting and JATA/JLTR Conferences, "The Tax Consequences of Surrogacy," American Taxation Association (ATA), Denver, CO (February 19, 2010).

Recent Publications

  • Carstensen, E., Pippin, S.E. (2017). Developing Trends in the Tax Accounting Industry and Alternative Career Options for Accountants. Today's CPA (forthcoming).
  • Pippin, S.E. (2017). Trusts and estates: Uses and tax consideration. Journal of Accountancy, 223(2): 52-57.
  • Pippin, S.E., Tosun, M.S. (2016). Tax harmonization in the European Union and the eurozone: a multilateral analysis of tax systems. Financial Theory and Practice, 40(4): 437-461.
  • Pippin, S.E., Weber, J.L. (2016). Benefit Corporations and B Corporations: New Opportunities for Accountants. The CPA Journal, 86(8): 54-57.
  • Bergner, J., Pippin, S.E., Weber, J.L., Wong, J. (2016). The Inclusion of Sustainability in the Accounting Curriculum. The CPA Journal, 86(6): 64-67.
  • Mason, R., Pippin, S.E. (2016). Taxes: The AMT and the Minimum Tax Credit. Strategic Finance, 98(6).
  • Pippin, S.E. (2016). Taxes: Reporting Foreign Income. Strategic Finance. 98(3).
  • Mason, R., Pippin, S.E. (2015). Taxes: Taking the Standard Deduction or Itemized? Strategic Finance, 97(12): 14-16.
  • Jackson, M., Pippin, S. E., Wong, J. (2014). Court Rulings in Estate Tax Cases: Is Gender a Factor? Journal of Legal Tax Research. 12(2): 74-84.
  • Tosun, M., Pippin, S. E. (2014). Electronic Tax Filing in the United States: A Success Story? Electronic Journal of e-Government, 12(1): 22-38.
  • Jackson, M., Pippin, S. E. (2014). "Temporary" Tax Provisions and Uncertainty: Evidence from a Survey of Professional Tax Preparers. Journal of Legal Tax Research, 11(2): 53-67.

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