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About the UNC Tax Center

The UNC Tax Center was founded in 2001 to support a vision shared by two University of North Carolina alumni: one a Kenan-Flagler Business School professor and established academic researcher and the other a senior tax partner in one of the world’s largest public accounting firms. Professor Doug Shackelford and his former Arthur Andersen colleague, Allen Wilson, believed that tearing down silos and bringing together people from different disciplines and with different experiences and perspectives would strengthen the impact and relevance of academic research and promote sound, informed tax policy. The founders envisioned an organization that would build bridges between scholars, practitioners, and policymakers with a shared interest in tax. A place where accountants, economists, and attorneys from academia, industry, and government could gather, connect, and learn from each other.

Today, the UNC Tax Center continues to work toward its founders’ vision by hosting annual academic tax research events, helping develop the next generation of tax researchers and educators, hosting continuing professional education events, translating academic research for broader consumption, promoting the work of its research scholars and fellows, and building a network of individuals and organizations with a shared interest in tax, tax policy, and tax research. To support this work, we rely on our Leadership Council, a group of committed alumni tax practitioners and business leaders who provide guidance and financial support critical to our continued growth and success.

The center is open to new ventures that involve important business issues in which taxes play a critical role. Private donations and corporate sponsors provide the center’s revenues. For inquiries about the UNC Tax Center, please email taxcenter@unc.edu.

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We build bridges between tax scholars, policymakers and practitioners while increasing the visibility and contribution of accountants in tax policymaking.