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Paul Walker- Adjunct Professor

 "The value of the degree is that it assists in developing you technically in the field of tax. The rules and regulations are technical and complex, which means that the field is in high demand because it is not a skill that is easily mastered."

Paul Walker is an adjunct instructor in the Accounting Department at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. He is also a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young specializing in M&A tax.

Degrees Held:

  • M.S. in Taxation – University of Cincinnati, 2008
  • BBA in Accounting – University of Cincinnati, 2007

Career Highlights:

Senior Manager at Ernst & Young specializing in M&A tax

Awarded high scorer – CPA Exam – BEC, State of Kentucky

In which online programs do you teach?

MS in Taxation, Certificate in Taxation - Corporate

Which courses do you teach online?

Life Cycle Strategies, Attributes and Operational Considerations, and Consolidated Tax Returns

What types of work can your online students expect?

  • Spoken lectures that coincide with power points
  • Assigned reading from a text book along with selected primary sources like the Internal Revenue Code, Revenue Rulings, Treasury Regulations, etc.
  • Discussion board posts
  • Graded quizzes and exams
  • Excel problems

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

ACCT 8032: Life Cycle Strategies—The course is concerned with how corporate owners will receive the benefits of ownership over the life cycle of the business. Shareholders preferences lie on a spectrum – they may prefer salaries and share appreciation, dividend distributions, or business liquidation. This course is about the tax impact of these different transactions between corporations and the owners/shareholders of the corporation.

ACCT 8033: Attributes and Operational Considerations—Students will learn how the federal income tax laws apply to corporations and their shareholders related to topics such as non-taxable acquisition stock reorganizations, non-taxable acquisitive asset stock reorganizations, and survival/transfer of corporate tax attributes.

ACCT 8037: Consolidated Tax Returns—For consolidated returns/affiliated groups, coursework discusses tax implications such as affiliation requirements, entering or leaving a consolidated group, intercompany transactions, and earnings and profits and associated tax allocation considerations.

What advice would you give those considering this online program?

My recommendation is to fully embrace the opportunity to specialize in taxation through completing this program. The U.S. just went through an extensive tax overhaul, and there continues to be more and more specialization within tax. The more specialized you are, the more sought out you are in the job/opportunity market. This program helps with the technical development and specialization.

What is the value of this degree?

The value of the degree is that it assists in your technical development in the field of tax. The rules and regulations are technical and complex, which means the field is in high demand because it is not a skill that is easily mastered. The course helps you on your technical development journey so that you can obtain the best opportunities within the field of tax post-graduation.

Why did you start teaching?

I started teaching music lessons when I was 18 years old. That has led to other teaching opportunities in other areas where I specialize (like tax).

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

I have a passion for teaching and have significant experience teaching different topics. I taught guitar and piano lessons for almost 10 years (more than 300 students; assisted with graduate school tuition). I teach 1-2 classes per year for Junior Achievement. I teach at formal EY training events. I am an adjunct professor for the University of Cincinnati.

Beyond the above, some of my hobbies include running, building Legos (a great stress reliever!), collecting and playing retro video games, and spending time with my wife Lindsay and my daughter Poppy. We are expecting our second child this summer ('18).

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