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MSU accounting professor wins award for excellence in tax education

October 2, 2013 -- MSU News Service


Anne Christensen was recently named the winner of the Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.   High-Res Available

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An accounting professor in Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship has won a prestigious national award for excellence in tax education.

Anne Christensen was recently named the winner of the Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award during a ceremony held in Anaheim, Calif. The American Taxation Association, or ATA, a subgroup of the American Accounting Association, gives the award. Only one tax educator per year receives the award.

The Outstanding Tax Educator Award is given to recognize, honor, and reward outstanding contributions by a faculty member teaching taxation, according to the ATA website. The award is named in honor of Ray M. Sommerfeld, a longtime professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the first recipient of the award. Sommerfeld earned a reputation as a pioneer of tax education and provided a lifetime of service to students, colleagues and the taxation profession. In recognition of the award, a $5,000 scholarship will be presented to a student at the university of the award recipient’s choice, and Christensen has asked that an MSU accounting student receive the scholarship.

At MSU, Christensen is the Master of Professional Accountancy program director and leads the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program each spring. VITA includes a specialty program that sends a number of students to remote villages in Alaska to provide tax assistance over spring break.

Christensen has also served as the ATA’s president, vice president, trustee and as an editorial board member of its journal, the Journal of the American Taxation Association. She has been the chair of six committees and a member of more than a dozen other committees. She also currently serves on the American Accounting Association’s Board of Directors as its vice president of segments.

Christensen earned a doctorate in accounting and taxation from the University of Utah. Her bachelor’s degree is in counseling and guidance from Brigham Young University. Prior to joining the faculty at MSU, she was a faculty member at Portland State University. Her research interests focus on the behavioral implication of tax, as well as accounting education. She has published articles in numerous academic journals.

Contact: Audrey Capp, (406) 994-7026 or audrey.lee@montana.edu