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Deloitte Foundation Sponsors Awards Recognizing Innovation in Teaching Tax and Excellence in Accounting Research

Published 08-08-06

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WILTON, CT, - The Deloitte Foundation, a not-for-profit arm of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, today announced the recipients of two foundation-sponsored awards in the areas of taxation and accounting. The awards - for excellence in accounting research and for innovation in teaching tax - are offered by the American Accounting Association (AAA) and the American Taxation Association (ATA), respectively.

The 2006 Wildman Medal, which has been awarded by the AAA since 1979, was presented to Professors Bill Kinney of the University of Texas - Austin; Zoe-Vonna Palmrose of the University of Southern California, who was recently named Deputy Chief Accountant for Professional Practice at the Securities and Exchange Commission; and Susan Scholz of the University of Kansas. The winning paper, entitled "Auditor Independence, Non-Audit Services, and Restatements: Was the U.S. Government Right?," discusses the impact that non-audit services fees have on auditor independence and the quality of financial reporting. Accompanied by a $7,500 honorarium, the Wildman Medal recognizes and supports exceptional research that advances the theory and practice of accounting. This year's medal was presented by Professor Jean Bedard from Bentley College, who chaired the award committee that selected the three co-authors. Shaun Budnik, President of the Deloitte Foundation and partner of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, joined Professor Bedard in presenting the award at the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C today.

The 2006 American Taxation Association (ATA) Teaching Innovation Award, which is designed to encourage tax professors to develop new teaching methods that stimulate students' critical thinking skills, was presented to Professor Bryan Cloyd of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Professor Connie Weaver of Texas A&M University. Their winning submission, entitled "Engaging Students in the Politics of Tax Policy: The Tax Equity Survey Project," described a program for undergraduate students that offered a hands-on introduction to empirical research while exposing students to the political factors underlying current tax policy debates. Professors Cloyd and Weaver received a plaque and $5,000 check at the annual ATA luncheon on Monday.

"The Wildman Medal and the ATA Teaching Innovation Award are important not only because they honor dedicated individuals who are making a difference in their professions. They are also important because they showcase the high value that research and teaching deserve," said Ms. Budnik. "At the Deloitte Foundation, part of our mission is to support educators, students and research in accounting and tax. Today, we extend our congratulations to each recipient of the Wildman Medal and ATA Teaching Innovation Award."

The Wildman Medal is named in honor of the late John R. Wildman. Mr. Wildman was a partner of a Deloitte & Touche LLP predecessor firm, a professor of accounting at New York University, and the first president of the American Association of Accounting Instructors, which later became the AAA.

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