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Barry L. Holland- Adjunct Instructor

I love interacting with our students from many different backgrounds, life situations and work situations. I get so much joy out of sharing with them and, frankly, learning from them.

Barry L. Holland is an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Cincinnati. He teaches the Individual Tax: Structure and Federal Tax Research: Individuals courses in the online MS in Taxation and tax certification programs. He has been teaching at UC since 2000.

Degrees Held:

  • M.S. in Taxation – University of Cincinnati, 2017
  • MBA – Indiana University-Kokomo, 1997
  • B.S. in Accounting – Ball State University, 1988

Career Highlights:

Having worked for UC since 2000, including a season of consulting directly with the Canada Revenue Agency, guiding them on writing instructional materials specifically for colleges outside Canada. I also enjoyed starting my career as a Revenue Agent with the IRS.

In which online programs do you teach?

MS in Taxation, MBA with an Individual Taxation Concentration, Certificate in Taxation – Corporate Taxation, Certificate in Taxation – Individual Taxation

Which courses do you teach online?

ACCT 8023: Individual Tax: Structure

ACCT 8080: Federal Tax Research: Individuals

What types of work can your online students expect?

Students will utilize discussion boards to share knowledge gained from text readings and lectures. They will also submit assignments including the completion of tax forms or the writing of research papers as appropriate.

What do you want students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

I want students to come away with a basic understanding of how different types of income and expenses affect an individual's federal income tax for the year. Students will be exposed to enough variety in those items to give them a working knowledge with quick recall, while enabling a ready ability to dig further on details when they need to later on.

What advice would you give those considering this online program?

I fully encourage prospective students to consider one of our excellent tax programs. As with any graduate program, I suggest starting with a number of classes that you know you can complete comfortably. That will give you a great baseline for deciding whether to increase your course load in any future semester. And, by all means, COMMUNICATE with your instructors! We are here to help you succeed, so don't be afraid to ask questions.

What is the value of this degree?

The MS in Taxation degree and our certificate programs each give our students a special edge in the workplace. Tax is such an important element of many financial decisions. To the accounting/business generalist, the program provides a broader understanding of how the financial AND the tax worlds work together. For the person already working in tax, the program provides that extra step of experience with taxation of various types of taxpayers, and the ability to apply solid tax research to many real-life situations.

Why did you start teaching?

I love interacting with our students from many different backgrounds, life situations and work situations. I get so much joy out of sharing with them and, frankly, learning from them. I remember many of my own instructors that had a positive impact on my learning and my career, and I always try to provide that same type of support to my students.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.

I am a musician, playing trombone and bass guitar. In fact, I'm a real-life "Mr. Holland," having conducted some small orchestras. I am also an uncle of quadruplets.

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