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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


November 29, 2017
4:30 – 5:30 p.m., SPARK G0045

Thomas Neubig, founding member, Tax Sage Network, will  present “Federal Tax Reform: Why is it Needed, Why so difficult?” 


Thomas Neubig
Thomas Neubig is a founding member of the Tax Sage Network, a group of experienced tax policy economists sharing their insights on current tax policy economic issues. He served as the deputy head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division in the Center for Tax Policy Administration at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, April 2014 – May 2016. He was responsible for producing the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit (BEP) Shifting report on measuring and monitoring BEPS.

Neubig is also a research affiliate in the University of Michigan’s Office of Tax Policy Research and a research associate of the Swiss-based Council on Economic Policies.

Prior to joining the OECD, Neubig was director of quantitative economics and statistics at EY, a global accounting firm. Before joining EY, he was director and chief economist of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Analysis and the top Executive Branch career economist in tax policy. He was president of the National Tax Association, 2003 – 2004.

Neubig earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.

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