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SIU invites all university students, tax professionals to Student Tax Night in St. Louis

Interaction between students
Photo by Russell Bailey

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Business and Analytics and its School of Accountancy don’t just educate students in the classroom about the ins and outs of accounting – they help students connect with professionals.

The accounting school is sponsoring Student Tax Night in St. Louis on Nov. 2 to introduce students to the diverse and interesting opportunities in the tax field, as presented by professionals in the industry. The event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bank of America Building, 800 Market St., St. Louis.

Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover the Student Tax Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Bank of America Building, 800 Market St., St. Louis. The evening will begin with networking and the panel discussion is set for 6-7 p.m. followed by additional networking time. For additional information or questions, contact Timothy Hurley, clinical assistant professor at SIU, at timothy.hurley@siu.edu.

Opportunities await

The evening will benefit the accounting profession and university students, said Benna Williams, CPA program coordinator and associate lecturer, and Timothy Hurley, clinical assistant professor, in the SIU School of Accountancy.

“We’re very excited about Student Tax Night,” Hurley said. “It’s a unique event to educate students about the broad array of opportunities and career paths available to them in the field of accounting and to connect them with recruiters and professionals in the field. It’s also a way to showcase the talent and expertise our students have to these accounting professionals and highlight our program to them and students from other universities.”

The event includes a question-and-answer session with a panel of five tax professionals who have distinctive backgrounds in tax innovation and automation, state and local tax, international tax, institutional investor tax and exempt organizations, and federal income tax. In addition, already a dozen firms have committed to attend and bring recruiters and tax professionals to speak with the students. Already about 100 students from SIU and more than 20 other Midwest universities, along with tax professionals and accounting professors, have signed up to attend.

More participants welcome

SIU has expanded the scope of the event to welcome additional participants and professionals.

Students from any college or university can still sign up to attend as can tax professionals who are interested in networking with the students. Sign up online at https://forms.office.com/r/84Gj8xfXCr no later than 4 p.m. Oct. 31.

Anders CPAs + Advisors is graciously hosting the event at its firm office. The theme of the evening is “What a Tax Career Could Look Like,” and the university anticipates making the tax night an annual event with a different theme each year.

All-star lineup

Panelists include:

  • Beth Mueller, partner and tax analytics insights leader with Deloitte Tax LLP in Chicago.
  • Jeff Schuetz, partner, RubinBrown State and Local Tax Services Group in St. Louis.
  • Jennifer Richter, EY (Ernst & Young) LLP, managing director, institutional investor tax services leader and exempt organization tax services in St. Louis.
  • Joshua Snyder, Anders CPAS + Advisors, senior manager tax innovation and automation in St. Louis.
  • Kathleen Berry, Reinsurance Group of America Inc (RGA), executive director, global tax in St. Louis.

Accounting and business firms that have committed to send recruiters and/or tax professionals include:

  • Anders CPAS + Advisors
  • Armanino LLP
  • Deloitte Tax LLP
  • EY US (Ernst & Young)
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • HKA
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Reinsurance Group of America (RGA)
  • RubinBrown
  • Wipfli LLP

In addition to a large group from SIU, students from these institutions have already registered to attend:

  • Greenville University
  • Harris-Stowe State University.
  • Kaskaskia College.
  • Lindenwood University.
  • Maryville University.
  • Saint Louis University.
  • Southeast Missouri State University.
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis.

For more information about the Student Tax Night, contact Hurley at timothy.hurley@siu.edu. Learn more about SIU’s bachelor’s degree in accounting by visiting the website.

Christi Mathis — student affairs; diversity, equity and inclusion; business and analytics; education; health and human sciences; psychological and behavioral sciences; innovation and economic development; international education.

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