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Caroline Bruckner Senior Professorial Lecturer Department of Accounting

Degrees
Bruckner has a Masters in Taxation (LLM) from Georgetown University Law Center, a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law where she won the “Best Memorandum of Law Award” for the First-Year Class, and a BA in Political Science from Emory University, where she was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honors Society. She is a member in good standing of the Virginia Bar. In 2020, she was elected as a Fellow to the American College of Tax Counsel.

Bio
Caroline Bruckner is a tax professor on the faculty of the Kogod School of Business (KSB) and is the Managing Director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center. Since joining KSB in 2015, she has released ground-breaking research on the gig economy as well as women business owners and the U.S. tax code.

She has testified multiple times before Congressional committees and IRS. In April 2021, the Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced legislation to address challenges women business owners have accessing capital prompted by her research. Currently, she is working on a Congressional witness dataset to measure the diversity and impact of witnesses on the legislative process as well as new research on small business tax literacy trends and how AI can be deployed in tax administration.

She teaches courses on business law, principles of federal income tax; fundamentals of business ownership; challenges of women business owners; business implications of the future of work; and in the KSB management in sustainability masters program. She is the program coordinator for KSB’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the faculty advisor for the Kogod VITA Volunteer Corp and Kogod Women in Business clubs.

Previous to joining KSB, she worked for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, ultimately as Chief Counsel, where she developed small business tax legislation and advised the committee and its chair on tax, labor and budget matters. During that time, she developed expertise on Senate rules and Congressional committee procedure. Before public service, Bruckner was a senior associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC) - Washington National Tax Services where she advised clients on international tax issues. Before joining PwC, she worked as an associate at PaulHastings LLP.

Bruckner is an experienced media resource on tax issues generally and her research. Her work and expertise has been featured in interviews with national outlets and publications including: CNBC’s The Closing Bell, Yahoo Finance, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Forbes, Time, USA Today, Inc. Magazine, Politico, Tax Analysts, Fortune, Money, Wallet Hub. Her writing has been published in The Financial Times, The Hill, The Chicago Tribune, Tax Notes, and The Journal of Taxation.
For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Teaching

Spring 2024

  • ACCT-443 Federal Income Taxation

  • ACCT-623 Business Law

  • KSB-252 Washington Initiative: Community Tax Aid

  • MGMT-720 Applied Sustainability Mgmt

Summer 2024

  • ACCT-623 Business Law

Fall 2024

  • ACCT-443 Federal Income Taxation

  • ACCT-604 Tax Planning for Individuals

  • ACCT-623 Business Law

  • KSB-111 Purpose of Business

  • KSB-210 Fundamentals Business Ownershp

AU Experts

Area of Expertise

tax policy, taxes, small business, gig economy, women business owners, U.S. congressional committee practice

Additional Information

Since joining AU in 2015, Bruckner has released ground-breaking research on the gig economy as well as women business owners and the U.S. tax code. Bruckner has regularly testified before Congressional committees on her research, and members have introduced legislation prompted by her testimony and research. Before coming to AU, she was Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Prior to her public service, Bruckner was an attorney in the private sector. In 2020, she elected to the American College of Tax Counsel and in 2021, to the National Academy of Social Insurance.

For the Media

To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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