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Deloitte sponsors 5th annual tax case study competition

Published 10-09-06

Submitted by Deloitte

NEW YORK, - Students from colleges and universities across the U.S. will be gathering to test their knowledge, problem-solving skills, and ability to work together as a team in the fifth annual Deloitte Tax Case Study Competition. Sponsored by the Deloitte Foundation, a non-profit arm of professional services firm Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, the nationwide interscholastic competition for undergraduate and graduate tax students will be held on October 14 at seven regional sites.

Teams from nearly 40 colleges and universities will work against the clock to complete a complex, hypothetical case study that draws on students' knowledge of tax topics. The top 12 teams - six undergraduate and six graduate -- will advance to the National Competition to be held on November 17 to 19 in Orlando, Florida. There, they will compete for more than $60,000 in individual scholarships and institutional awards.

"In this competition, college and university teams tackle the kind of complex tax situations that companies face in the business world. In the five years we have sponsored this program, our goal has been to inspire more students to take additional courses in tax and pursue a career in this profession," said Shaun Budnik, President of the Deloitte Foundation and partner of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP. "The Deloitte Foundation is proud to support the next generation of business leaders as they compete in this important educational event."

The October 14 regional competitions will be held at Boston College, Georgia State University, The Ohio State University, University of Kansas, University of Southern California, University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

"In the collegiate world, this is the signature event of its kind," said Chet Wood, chairman and chief executive officer of Deloitte Tax LLP, said, "We're involved because we think it is critically important to expose smart and motivated students to the great opportunities they can find in a career in tax. This is a profession that touches every industry and every sector across the globe. With its real-world focus, this competition gives students a taste of the kind of intellectual challenges and business issues tax professionals address every day. And it's a strong reflection of our ongoing commitment to support tax education. We're pleased that once again so many students from top university tax programs are participating in this event."

The Tax Case Study Competition features two divisions, graduate and undergraduate, and two levels of competition, regional and national. At each level, teams of up to four students are given five hours to complete a case study that requires participants to analyze information and identify data relevant for tax purposes, identify issues and alternative tax treatments, and develop a recommended solution that appropriately cites the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations. At the end of the competition, each team prepares a written solution to their case and submits it to a panel of judges from Deloitte Tax LLP for evaluation.

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