Academic Vita

Robert Ricketts

Director, School of Accounting

Frank M. Burke Chair in Taxation

Rawls College of Business


"I chose to remain a domiciled taxpayer for a couple of reasons. The main one was that I wanted my children to grow up where I grew up, to have proper roots in a culture as old and magnificent as Britainís; to be citizens, with everything that implies, of a real country, not free-floating ex-pats, living in the limbo of some tax haven and associating only with the children of similarly greedy tax exiles.

A second reason, however, was that I am indebted to the British welfare state; the very one that Mr Cameron would like to replace with charity handouts. When my life hit rock bottom, that safety net, threadbare though it had become under John Majorís Government, was there to break the fall. I cannot help feeling, therefore, that it would have been contemptible to scarper for the West Indies at the first sniff of a seven-figure royalty cheque. This, if you like, is my notion of patriotism. ..." J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter author) on why she does not leave Britain to avoid high taxes.



Course Materials

ACCT 5306 International Taxation (link not yet enabled)

Case on Transfer Pricing

Who is in My Group?

Osher Institute Presentations (click to follow link)


AICPA Code of Professional Conduct



Tax Resources for Accounting Students

Tax Policy Center Home Page  

IRS Home Page       

Tax History Project providing information on the history of U.S. public finance (Tax Analysts)

Historical tax forms (the evolution of Form 1040 from 1864 to the present!)

What Do Accountants Do?


Why Do We Pay Taxes?



Other Tax Links -- Links to Revenue Procedures, Revenue Rulings, Tax Forms, and more.

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