MSA Program Director

Year Started at JMU: 1997

nicholnb@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Education
  • Ph.D., University of North Texas, December 1997
  • M.S. in Taxation, University of North Texas, August 1995
  • B.A. in Accounting, University of South Florida, June 1980
Professional Interests
  • Tax law analysis including the impact on financial reporting and international accounting issues, specifically segment reporting
Personal Interests
  • Volunteer work
  • Travel (particularly adventure travel)
  • Cooking
  • Rock climbing
Professional Background
  • 13 years at Deloitte, last four years as a tax partner
Current Courses Taught
  • ACTG 625 – Tax Research
  • ACTG 695 – Seminar in Accounting
  • ACTG 628 – Advanced taxation of Business Entities II
  • ACTG 629 – Selected Topics in Taxation
Positions Held
  • Director, Masters of Science in Accounting program, 2003 - present
  • American Taxation Association Board of Trustees, August 2009 – present; 2002 – 2007; Treasurer, 2005 – 2007;  VP Elect, 2009 – 2010; VP, 2010 - present
  • Beta Alpha Psi International Board of Directors, 2007-2010;  2003-2006
  • President, August 2007-August 2010;  Director of Program Activities, 2003–2006
Awards and Recognitions
  • August 2013 - Won the "Distinguished Teacher Award" for the College of Business from the university. The Distinguished Teacher Award was established to honor faculty members annually for exemplary teaching.
Service
  • Various leadership positions in the American Taxation Association and Beta Alpha Psi
Key Publications

“Ponzi-Scheme Losses:  Indirect Investor and State Tax Issues Nichols” with William VanDenburgh and Luis Betancourt.  (2011). Journal of Accountancy, 211(2), 46-51.

“Criminal Prosecution of Tax Return Preparers,” The ATA Journal of Legal Tax Research, July 2008, Vol. 6, pp. 24-42.

“And the Impact Is . . . First-Quarter Results from Adopting FIN 48” with John Briggs and Charles Baril, Tax Notes, July 30, 2007, 116(5), pp. 377-388
 
“Does Representation Matter in IRS Office Audits?” with John Price, The Journal of the American Taxation Association, Spring 2004, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 21-42. 

“Segment Disclosures Under SFAS 131:  Has Business Segment Reporting Improved?” with Donna Street and Sid Gray, Accounting Horizons, Vol. 14, No. 3,
     Fall, pp. 259-285, 2000.

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