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Craig Schmidtgesling- Adjunct Professor


"I have been lucky enough to have great people around me that have always taught me things through life. I have always wanted to give back in the same way."

Craig Schmidtgesling is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati. He teaches the International Taxation course in the online MS in Taxation program. Mr. Schmidtgesling has nearly 30 years of corporate tax experience and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1998.

Degrees Held:

  • M.S. in Taxation – University of Cincinnati, 2004
  • Bachelor in Accounting and Finance – University of Cincinnati, 1988

Career Highlights:

  • Nearly 30 years of Corporate tax experience.
  • Became a Certified Public Accountant in 1998.
  • Served as local Cincinnati-Columbus Tax Executive Institution Chapter President
  • Currently serving as Regional Vice President for Tax Executive Institution National.

In which online program do you teach?

MS in Taxation

Which classes do you teach online?

International Taxation

What types of work can your online students expect?

The class will include video lectures with presentations, reading assignments and the review of tax forms. The grade for the class will be based on quizzes, working problems, completing tax forms and a final exam.

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

The U.S. international tax rules are very complex. They have evolved over time as our world has changed. The sharing of information and advancement in technology has made the world a much smaller place. This class focuses on how the U.S. identifies activities that take place within the U.S. and taxes them. It also reviews how the U.S. monitors the foreign activities of its U.S. residents. This course will also take a high level look at the impact of the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on international taxation. By the end of this class, you will have a good understanding of these concepts and an appreciation of complexities and planning opportunities that exist in the world of international taxation.

What advice would you give those considering this online program?

International taxation (like most tax areas) is very technical and fact driven. This class offers an introduction to a world where situations are not always black and white, but often gray. It is important to come into the class trying to understand the purpose of the tax rules. Although the mechanics are important for compliance purposes, understanding the purpose of the tax rules makes the gray areas easier to navigate and understandable.

Why did you start teaching?

I have been lucky enough to have great people around me that have always taught me things through life. I have always wanted to give back in the same way. Plus, I have found that I often learn something whenever I teach someone something.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, MD.

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

I am a huge science fiction nerd, and I coached my daughter's rec soccer team for 10 years.

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