Business Tax = Fun? | by Emily Smith


Last year, a fellow student told me Business Taxation was hands-down the best class he’d taken at the GSM. I thought he was crazy. I knew the course was taught by a really well-liked professor, but couldn’t imagine the subject was that interesting. Business Tax sounds like a hard, dull subject and I couldn’t imagine why this student preferred this class to all of the interesting subjects taught be equally well-liked professors. Last quarter, a friend convinced me to try the course anyway (I could always drop it after the first class if I didn’t like it) and wow, am I glad she did!

Business Taxation was not at all what I expected! One of the first day of class, Professor Yetman made it very clear that this was not a course that would teach us how to design tax strategy for a corporation. This was a class to give us a high-level overview of corporate tax strategies, and to open our eyes and challenge our assumptions.

There are a number of homework assignments throughout the quarter, and each one is designed to tackle a specific popular assumptions about U.S. tax law. For example, do the 1% pay their fair share in taxes? This class will help you answer that question, and more. In addition, we also learned a few strategies for our own tax planning down the road. Have you ever considered setting up a charitable foundation? You will after this class!

All in all, I’m really glad I took this class. Professor Yetman is hilarious, energetic, and extremely knowledgeable, and this is really the only opportunity to take a class by him. I also learned a lot of really useful information that I’ll be able to put to practical use in the future. I now fully understand why that student last year told me this was his favorite class!

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