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Professor Annette Nellen (J.D., CPA) is Director of the MST Program at the San Jose State University Lucas Graduate School of Business, and Professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the San Jose State College of Business.  She is a leading expert in the field of taxation.  She also blogs at 21st Century Taxation.

Today, she sends notice of a new issue in The Contemporary Tax Journal.

I am very pleased to announce the release of the Spring 2012 issue of The Contemporary Tax Journal, a publication of the San Jose State MST program.  I hope you enjoy this issue.

I am very proud of this activity. Fifteen MST students wrote articles for the journal and two classes were also involved in the Tax Policy Analyses content. Ten students attended the November 2011 Tax Institute as guests (compliments of the SJSU Tax Advisory Board and the attendees) and wrote summaries of the presentations that are in this journal. We also have two paid students working with Professor Bobbi Makani on the organization. (I continue to be the webmaster and final technical reviewer.)

This type of activity should be much more common at collegiate accounting, tax, and business programs.  Such a student publication is a terrific way for students to seal the learning that has taken place in their courses.  Through writing articles, they are put in position to figure out what they know and to make a choice as to whether they believe in it or not.  Moreover, knowing that it will be read by outsiders disciplines all involved to produce a professional grade publication.

Professor Nellen, thanks for sending me this announcement.

Here is the table of contents for the Spring 2012 issue of  The Contemporary Tax Journal.

Debit and credit – – David Albrecht

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For my readers who have an interest in taxes, today’s post revolves around two facts:

  1. Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, lived from March 2, 1904 to September 24, 1991.
  2. Kelly Phillips Erb, aka TaxGirl, is one of my favorite bloggers.

Throw them together into a mixing bowl, and out comes, “I Do Not Like Them, IRS: My Ode to Dr. Seuss.

Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is well known for writing children’s books.  The most popular, Green Eggs and Ham, contains only 50 words.  Each is used several times to craft an entertaining book..  Green Eggs and Ham has inspired many to write poems that mimic Seuss’s poetic style.

I missed Dr. Seuss books when I was growing up.  I was already 11 when Green Eggs and Ham was published, and I was into reading science fiction novels and Time magazine by then.  When my own kids needed reading material, we fed them Golden Books, Berenstain Bears and Uncle Arthur’s Bible Stories. Never-the-less, who doesn’t like Green Eggs and Ham?  Even Sam likes them.

Kelly Phillips Erb, the TaxGirl, is the blogger’s blogger.  She writes with impeccable style and unquestionable authority on taxes.  I read her mostly to pick up blogging tips.  As an accounting professor I like also to stay informed about taxes.

Yesterday, she commemorated the birth date of Dr. Seuss.  She graciously gave me permission to reprint her poem:

I Do Not Like Them, IRS. 

That IRS, That IRS.
I do not like that IRS!

Do you like tax and stress?
I do not like them, IRS. I do not like tax and stress.

Would you like them here or there?
I would not like them here or there. I would not like them anywhere.
I do not like tax and stress. I do not like them, IRS.

Would you like them when upset?
Would you like them while in debt?

I do not like them when upset. I do not like them when in debt.
I do not like them here or there. I do not like them anywhere.
I do not like tax and stress. I do not like them, IRS.

Would you meet them for a chat?
Would you roll out a welcome mat?

Not for a chat. No welcome mat.
Not when upset. Not when in debt.

Thank you, TaxGirl.

Debit and credit – – David

David Albrecht

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