Sonja Pippin, Ph.D., CPA
My name is Sonja Pippin, and I am an associate professor in the accounting department at the University of Nevada, Reno. I came to the University in 2006 – immediately after receiving my Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. I have taught courses in individual and business entity taxation at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as financial accounting for undergraduate and graduate students. I really enjoy learning about and teaching the tax and financial accounting issues related to business decisions. Students who have taken classes with me also know that I can get really excited about balance sheets and balancing in general.
My research is mostly related to taxes and tax policy. I have published articles in academic journals (for example the Journal of Legal Tax Research and in Advances in Taxation) and in practitioner-oriented journals, such as the Journal of Accountancy, Strategic Finance, and the CPA Journal.
I am a member of various professional groups and have taken on various service assignments with all of them. Important organizations for us accounting and tax professors are: the American Accounting Association (AAA) and its section American Taxation Association (ATA), the National Tax Association, the American Institute of CPAs and the NV Society of CPAs.
What are you currently most passionate about in terms of your work or research?
The interaction with current and former students is still the best part of the job. I love talking about accounting topics and helping them with their assignments. But in the end, getting students through school, to graduation, and then following their career is extremely rewarding.
What are some research initiatives you plan to embark on in the near future?
I have many ideas, but I don’t know how much time I’ll have to work on them. I would like to learn more about unintended consequences of the new Tax Act. I’m also interested in foreign tax issues – the United States has a very interesting tax structure using a worldwide tax system. No other country uses this type of system. Furthermore, I would like to study some of the new requirements imposed on candidates who are planning on sitting for the CPA exam. Most recently, introducing additional ethics requirements has changed how we design our curricula. I wonder what this does to the profession and accounting education.
What are some emerging innovations or industry trends that are changing the way you approach teaching and your research?
Accounting and tax are subjects that change constantly because of the introduction of new accounting rules and tax laws. As instructors, we need to stay on top of the most recent developments to make sure our graduates are prepared for careers in public accounting, as corporate accountants, in governmental positions or not-for-profits.