Professor Jay Soled

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Jay Soled

His roles: Professor, Accounting & Information Systems; Director, Master of Accountancy in Taxation

What he teaches: Income Tax, Corporate Tax, Income Taxation of Trust and Estates, Regulation and Tax Practice (Tax Ethics), and International Tax – all graduate-level classes offered through the Master of Taxation Program.

How his network benefits students: “There are people from across the tax spectrum who send me emails about jobs. I get them from people at the Big Four and regional accounting firms. I get them from former students who work in companies like Mars and in government jobs, including the State of New Jersey and IRS. I receive five or six high-paying job opportunities a month. It may not seem as sexy as coding or digital marketing, but tax is hot. These are solid, high-paying jobs that aren’t going anywhere despite things like blockchain and AI and the other new things that are disrupting industries.”

Current research: The Tax Treatment of Alimony Payments Revisited; Artificial Intelligence, Tax, and Valuation.

What he does for fun: He’s a fitness fanatic. He also loves movies and travel. “I always think of my classroom as a place where my students learn a lot about tax, but it’s also a platform where we can share experiences. My students recommend movies and places to visit, and I reciprocate and offer my recommendations in return.”

Favorite places in the world: “The list is deep: Egypt, South Africa, Iceland, Ethiopia…”

Number of students the program has graduated: Slightly over 1,000

How he stays connected to alumni: “Every year, we have at least one alumni event. I share the job opportunities, and nestled in, are movie reviews. Those are my connection points.”

How does the program benefit working professionals in accounting: “Everyone who teaches is a professional, and they teach very practical information.”

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