Carson College of Business Hoops Institute of Taxation Research & Policy

Hoops Institute of Taxation Research & Policy

Fostering cross-disciplinary exploration of tax policy

The Hoops Institute for Taxation Research and Planning 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

Doctoral Fellowships

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


Hoops- OffshoreOn Thursday, March 31, 2016, the Hoops Tax Institute presented a panel discussion on the OECD’s proposed multi-lateral agreement on corporate base erosion and profit sharing.

The event, and excerpts of it, can be viewed here.

The event was co-sponsored by The Foley Institute and the Carson College of Business


Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, Ph.D.
Dr. Avi-Yonah is the Irwin I. Cohn professor of law and director of the International Tax LLM Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Kimberly Clausing, Ph.D.
Dr. Clausing is the Thormund A. Miller and Walter Mintz professor of economics at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

Chris Faiferlick, Ph.D.
Dr. Faiferlick is an Ernst & Young LLP principal and the leader of Ernst & Young LLP’s financial services transfer pricing practice in Washington D.C.

Leslie Robinson, Ph.D.
Dr. Robinson is an associate professor of business administration in the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Doctoral fellowship opportunity

Conduct research on tax policy while earning your Ph.D. in accounting.


Hoops Institute of Taxation Research and Policy

PO Box 644729

Todd Hall, Room 237K

Pullman, WA 99164-4729


Washington State University