Tax Champs

USC Leventhal team advance to national Deloitte FanTAXtic case competition finals

December 05, 2016

A team of Leventhal School of Accounting students won the regional Deloitte FanTAXtic tax case competition held Nov.11-13 and will advance to the national finals Jan. 13-15 in Dallas.

“Both USC Leventhal teams did an impressive job, pulling together a lot of complex information under a tight deadline to come up with the winning solution,” said Joseph Keller, professor of clinical accounting and one of two academic advisers for the team. “It was a truly team effort between students and faculty, and the results showed.”

MaryAnne Werner, assistant professor of clinical accounting, also advised the team. Patti Mills, professor of clinical accounting, helped the students to understand the complexities of “flipped partnerships,” which was a key element of the case.


Sixty teams representing 43 colleges and universities participated in the regional event held at Deloitte offices across the U.S.

Two Leventhal teams took part in the competition. Team A, which is advancing, included Mike Shelton MBT, Tiffany Soto ’18, Leighton Ko ’18, Meng Shen ’19 and Ingrid Waung ’19.

Team B included: Christine Chung MBT, David Wang ’17, Jacinta Tian ’17, Joanna Du ’19 and Kevin Kong ’19.

Both teams were lauded for their ability to work collaboratively to solve a complex business case simulation. Team A was also recognized for the quality of their overall presentation to a panel of live and virtual judges.

At the nationals, the Leventhal team will compete with teams from nine universities for more than $50,000 in individual scholarships and institutional awards.

Sponsored by Deloitte with support from the Deloitte Foundation, Deloitte FanTAXtic is designed to educate and prepare the next generation of talented tax professionals. The interactive program includes case simulation, role playing and presentations which provide students with insights and perspectives on challenges facing the profession today, future trends that may impact it tomorrow and the overall changing business tax marketplace. Deloitte Tax professionals participate in the event and offer the students support and guidance throughout the competition.