The Hoops Institute of Taxation Research and Policy was formulated through a generous planned gift from Howard D. and B. Phyllis Hoops. The purposes of the Institute were specified in a gift use agreement signed by Mr. and Mrs. Hoops on February 22, 2012. Professor Jeffrey Gramlich was hired and the Institute began operations in fall 2014.
The Institute is affiliated with and housed within the Department of Accounting.
Mission, Values, and Theme
The mission of the Hoops Tax Institute is to develop and disseminate tax knowledge primarily for the benefit of students, tax practitioners, policy makers and academics in the Washington State University community, the Pacific Northwest region, the United States and the world.
The values of the Hoops Tax Institute are knowledge, respect and transparency.
Based on the vision set forth by the Institute’s benefactors, Mr. and Mrs. Hoops, and building on the strengths of our faculty, the primary theme of the Hoops Tax Institute is ethics and corporate transparency, with an emphasis on issues related to taxes.
- Research: Integrating Washington State University students, faculty, and industry practitioners in policy exploration
- Discussion: Hosting academic symposia, workshops, and seminars intended to bring together the top researchers and experts in the field of taxation
- Endowed chair: Supporting an internationally recognized researcher in the field of taxation—one who explores the purposes and functions of taxation, tax revenue, tax subsidies, and redistribution of taxes in society
- Taxation emphasis in the accounting doctoral program: Training qualified research faculty in the area of taxation to address a critical shortage of qualified accounting faculty nationwide
The Institute offers fellowships for qualified Ph.D. of Accounting students preparing for careers in the field of taxation.
Internships and careers
The Institute’s relationships with public accounting firms and industry create internship and career placement opportunities for accounting graduates.
Core participating faculty
- Jeffrey Gramlich
Professor, Director of the Hoops Institute of Taxation Policy and Research, and Howard D. and B. Phyllis Hoops Endowed Chair