(April 24, 2017) - In 1789 Benjamin Franklin wrote, "In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." But the M.S. Taxation program turns the tax world into a chance to serve the public.
At a recent info session for the program, director Rafi Efrat explained the upside to the tax world. "If you are interested in taxation, the good news is there will be expected growth in the field, driven largely because the tax code has become so complicated."
The filing deadline recently passed, but the season never ends. Tax professionals have to cope with expanding regulations, codes and court cases. The U.S. Tax Code totaled 400 pages in 1913. A century later, it had grown to 73,954 pages, according to Wolters Kluwer CCH. Even the IRS acknowledged, "The most serious problem facing taxpayers is the complexity of the Internal Revenue Code." Taxpayers and businesses spend about 7.6 billion hours a year complying with filing requirements.
"It becomes inevitable that tax providers need specialization to provide competent, contemporary advice," said Efrat, a professor of accountancy and director of the Bookstein Institute for Higher Education in Taxation. "Many tax firms require a master’s degree to advance in a firm."
Efrat explained how students take their learning into the community:
"Experiential opportunities add dimension to the program that is not available in other programs," he said. "We want to provide students with the opportunity to grow."