Graduate Tax Program

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Villanova University’s Graduate Tax Program—designed for legal, accounting and business professionals—offers students a learning experience few schools can match. Here, lawyers and accountants learn with and from each other in integrated classes that allow for in-depth, interdisciplinary examinations of tax principles and policies.

Conducted jointly by the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and the Villanova School of Business, the program offers a Master of Laws in Taxation (LLM), Master of Taxation (MT) for non-lawyers, JD/LLM in Taxation, as well as Certificate Programs in specialized areas of taxation. Highlights include renowned faculty, comprehensive electives, a flexible format and the Nova Network.

 

Tax Career Opportunities for JD and JD/LLM Students

Co-presented by the Tax Law Society and the Graduate Tax Program

A discussion exploring tax opportunities at international accounting firms and corporate tax departments.

March 28, 2017 - 4:30 pm

Room 302 - Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law - Refreshments will be provided.

Grad Tax Panelists - Tax Career Opportunities for JD and JD/LLM Students

Panelists from left to right:

Michael Steinsaltz, International Tax Partner, Deloitte

Todd Forney, State and Local Tax Partner, PwC

Madeleine Barber, Senior Vice President and Chief Tax Officer, CBRE Group

Walter Greiner, Director of Tax Planning, Teva Pharmaceuticals

 

The Villanova University interdisciplinary Graduate Tax Program is designed and presented with the expectation that its graduates will emerge with significantly enhanced practical skills for issue identification and problem solving in the tax area, together with a heightened sensitivity to their professional role in the tax system and the role of that system in individual, commercial and financial affairs.  The Program stresses professional responsibility in tax practice and encourages the development of research and communication skills through the use of the digital research and communication facilities of the law school.

In addition to a broad based curriculum that offers significant depth in course coverage, certificate programs in Estate Planning, Employee Benefits, and Tax Controversy provide qualified professionals with an intense course of study in these three specialty areas.

 

The Villanova University interdisciplinary Graduate Tax Program is designed and presented with the expectation that its graduates will emerge with significantly enhanced practical skills for issue identification and problem solving in the tax area, together with a heightened sensitivity to their professional role in the tax system and the role of that system in individual, commercial and financial affairs.  The Program stresses professional responsibility in tax practice and encourages the development of research and communication skills through the use of the digital research and communication facilities of the law school.

In addition to a broad based curriculum that offers significant depth in course coverage, certificate programs in Estate Planning, Employee Benefits, and Tax Controversy provide qualified professionals with an intense course of study in these three specialty areas.

 

The Villanova University interdisciplinary Graduate Tax Program is designed and presented with the expectation that its graduates will emerge with significantly enhanced practical skills for issue identification and problem solving in the tax area, together with a heightened sensitivity to their professional role in the tax system and the role of that system in individual, commercial and financial affairs.  The Program stresses professional responsibility in tax practice and encourages the development of research and communication skills through the use of the digital research and communication facilities of the law school.

In addition to a broad based curriculum that offers significant depth in course coverage, certificate programs in Estate Planning, Employee Benefits, and Tax Controversy provide qualified professionals with an intense course of study in these three specialty areas.

 
Liva

The Graduate Tax Program benefits from the leadership of its Director, Ed Liva. Liva joins the program full-time following his retirement from KPMG, where he most recently served as national Real Estate Industry Tax leader, as well as the leader of the Federal Tax Passthrough Services Group and New York Real Estate Tax Practice. He has served as an adjunct professor in Villanova’s Graduate Tax program for more than 20 years, teaching federal taxation of real estate transactions.

In his role, Liva oversees the University’s nationally-recognized graduate tax program, which is offered both on-campus and online. The cross-disciplinary program—designed for lawyers, accountants and business professionals—is developed and managed by the Villanova University School of Law in conjunction with the Villanova School of Business.

Liva recently retired from KPMG—where he served as the national Real Estate Industry Tax leader since 2003—culminating a 38-year career in the industry. He transferred to New York in 2011 to lead the New York Real Estate Tax practice and the Passthrough Services group within KPMG’s Federal Tax practice.

Previously, Liva led the Philadelphia office’s Real Estate Tax practice and served as the Partner-in-Charge of the Philadelphia Tax practice from 2005 through 2011. He has been a frequent speaker, panelist and presenter of current taxation and real estate industry topics.

Liva began his career with Arthur Andersen in Chicago in 1977, transferring to its Philadelphia office in 1991. He joined KPMG in 2002. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from John Carroll University, a JD from DePaul University College of Law and an LLM in Taxation from Temple Law School.

 

Professor Leslie Book Presents Taxpayer Rights, Behavioral Economics And The EITC At Indiana

On February 17, 2017, Leslie Book  presented Thinking About Taxpayer Rights and Behavioral Economics to Improve Administration of the EITC (with David Williams (Chief Tax Officer, Intuit)) at Indiana-Bloomington today as part of its Tax Policy Colloquium Series

More information on TaxProf Blog

 

Graduate Tax Program announces New Course Offering for Spring 2017: Tax Technology Solutions

This course is designed to explore the convergence of technology skills and tax competencies that is occurring at corporations, government and tax service providers.  Information Technology systems and applications are becoming more of Blogprevalent in all aspects of tax compliance and consulting, including global tax compliance and provision readiness, tax information process improvement, tax consulting and transactional modeling, and the use of data analytics.  The course will provide an introduction to the basic tools used for tax modeling, and an overview of tax data analytics concepts and components.  The course will also examine approaches designed to identify key tax issues and create value by applying analytics in combination with visualization tools and techniques. 

 

Graduate Tax Program announces New Course offering for Fall 2016: Accounting for Income Taxes (ASC 740)

This course is designed to assist students and tax practitioners understand the financial accounting and reporting guidance related to the effects of income taxes that result from an entity’s financial activities during the current and preceding years. ASC 740 was revised in October 2011 and codifies the guidance that was previously included in FAS 109, APB 23 and other FASB statements. Specific topics addressed in the course include calculation of total income tax for financial reporting purposes, recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities and the determination of a need for a valuation allowance, calculation and reconciliation of the effective tax rate, and footnote disclosure related to income taxes. The course also covers FASB Interpretation No. 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes (“FIN 48”), and a variety of other topics and issues related to financial reporting of income taxes.

 

Villanova University Graduate Tax Program’s Inaugural Tax Policy Symposium

As the 2016 Election Year intensifies, candidates will provide their views and proposals for tax reform. At Villanova University Graduate Tax Program’s inaugural Tax Policy Symposium—Fundamental Tax Reform and Tax Policy Issues in Election Year 2016—attendees will be introduced to the most salient issues within the debate, and the distinction among the various proposals that will impact your business and personal economic affairs. This event will bring together a cross section of business leaders—from tax and accounting to legal and government to renowned academics—to discuss the economic and societal issues surrounding the need for fundamental Tax Reform. Read more

 

Professor Leslie Book to Speak at Public Forum on Taxpayer Service Needs and Preferences

The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate has invited Leslie Book, Professor of Law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, to be a panelist at the first in a series of public forums on taxpayer service on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. Read more

 

Ed Liva Appointed Director of the Villanova University Graduate Tax Program

Ed Liva was named Director of Villanova’s nationally recognized Graduate Tax Program. A longtime adjunct professor, he joined the program full-time in October 2015 following his retirement from KPMG, where he most recently served as national Real Estate Industry Tax leader. In his new role, Liva oversees the cross-disciplinary program which is developed and managed by the Law School in conjunction with the Villanova School of Business. Read more


Villanova University Launches Online Master of Laws in Taxation and Online Master of Taxation Programs

Villanova University Graduate Tax Program is proud to announce the launch of the Master of Laws in Taxation and Master of Taxation in an online modality in addition to its on-campus counterparts. Click here for more information.


Professor Harvey Quoted in New York Times

Villanova tax professor J. Richard Harvey was quoted in a New York Times article entitled:  New Corporate Tax shelter:  A Merger Abroad.


Professor Maule Blogs on Tax & Legal Education

Blogging pioneer and Villanova tax professor, James Edward Maule, publishes the blogMauledAgain, a relevant and informative blog which addresses a kaleidoscope of issues, but most frequently provides commentary  about the American tax system and legal education.


VLS Grad Tax Professors Start Federal Tax Blog

Villanova tax professors Leslie Book and Keith Fogg, along with Villanova alumnus Stephen J. Olsen '07 JD, '09 LLM, started Procedurally Taxing, a blog dedicated to discussing important developments in federal tax procedure and tax administration. Recently, a Forbes article on IRS efforts to go after complex tax shelters linked to a post authored by Prof. Book for the blog.


Professor Harvey Testifies Before the PSI

In May 2013, Professor J. Richard Harvey testified before the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (Senator Carl Levin, Chairman; Senator John McCain, Ranking Member) on the offshore tax practices of Apple, Inc. Read more


ABA Names JD-LLM Grad as Public Service Fellow

The American Bar Association Section of Taxation has named Sean Norton '09 JD, '10 LLM, a Public Service Fellow for 2011-2013. Norton, currently a lawyer in private practice in Jenkintown, Pa, has committed to two years of tax-related public service. He will be working with Pine Tree Legal Assistance to expand federal tax assistance in Maine and to implement an outreach program to increase the organization’s panel of volunteer tax lawyers and allow the organization to offer services to the mentally ill. As a student, Norton worked in Villanova Law’s federal tax clinic representing low-income taxpayers. The Public Service Fellowships were developed in 2008 to address the need for tax legal assistance, and to foster an interest in tax-related public service among participating individuals. The Fellowships provide funding for the Fellows’ salaries and benefits, as well as law school debt repayment assistance, by means of charitable contributions to the sponsoring organizations. Norton is Villanova’s second ABA Public Service Fellow; Douglas Smith '02 is served as a 2010-2012 Public Interest Fellow.

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