Mason students take top honors at tax competition

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November 29, 2006

7:45 PM

Teams from the College’s Mason School of Business won top awards at the Deloitte Tax Case Study National Competition. For the second year in a row, the College has swept both the undergraduate and graduate Tax Challenge divisions of the competition.

p. The College is still the only university to win both the undergraduate and graduate divisions in a single year. This is the sixth win in the last seven years for the College’s undergraduate team.

p. “This history-making accomplishment is nothing short of miraculous,” Mason School of Business Dean Lawrence B. Pulley ’74 said in a press release. “They remind us yet again of the caliber of our students and faculty and make us all very proud!”

p. Coached by James Smith, the John S. Quinn professor of accounting at the Mason School, the undergraduate team members were seniors Cheryl Cochet, Laura Martin, Matt Monahan and Carolyn Offutt. Members of the graduate team were Megan Brewster, Evan Davis, Joanne O’Brien and Megan Wiggins.

p. “Having Dr. Smith as a coach is an enormous benefit as he is a well-established authority in the field. It’s hard to imagine that any other team was better prepared,” senior Evan Davis said.

p. The Deloitte Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP that supports teaching, research and curriculum innovation in accounting, business and related fields sponsored the Tax Challenge.

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