University of San Diego wins 17th annual 'FanTAXtic' competition

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Deloitte and its Deloitte Foundation announced on Monday that a team of students representing the University of San Diego won the 17th annual FanTAXtic case study competition for best presentation of an analysis on a true-to-life tax case.

Finals were held Jan. 12 - 14 at Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas. Prior to the finals, approximately 60 teams representing more than 40 collegiate institutions competed in regional qualifiers at Deloitte offices across the country. The nine teams competing in the finals previously won the FanTAXtic contest in their respective U.S. regions.

“The Deloitte Foundation helps prepare the next generation of future talent through case competitions across the business spectrum,” stated Vickie Carr, partner at Deloitte Tax and a Deloitte Foundation board member. “FanTAXtic introduces students to today’s tax challenges and trends to provide a glimpse of what a career in tax could look like. It is so great to see teams work together and use their skills to deliver remarkable solutions to the business case.”

“Students participating in this competition are getting real-world experience to prepare them for a career in tax, which requires a diverse skillset and innovative thinking,” said Steve Kimble, chairman and CEO of Deloitte Tax, per a statement. “I congratulate all of them for their technical proficiency and teamwork, as well as their critical and bold thinking to solve the complexities of this year’s business case challenge.”

The 2018 FanTAXtic case study competition results are as follows:

  • First place: University of San Diego, consisting of team members Andrew Cole, Michael Diaz, Simon Finnie and Barbara Machado. Each student received $2,000 in scholarships, with the university receiving a $10,000 institutional award.
  • Second place: Loyola University received $1,000 per student and a $5,000 institutional award.
  • Third place: Michigan State University received $500 per student and a $2,500 institutional award.
  • Other finalists: The College of William & Mary, Fordham University, North Carolina State University, Rutgers University, Syracuse University, and the University of Southern California.

For more on the FanTAXtic competition, head to Deloitte's site here.

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