AICPA Honors Jay Starkman with Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award

November 9, 2011

Washington, D.C., (Nov. 9, 2011) – Jay Starkman is the recipient of the 2011 Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award, the highest award given by the accounting profession in the area of taxation.  The award, given by the Tax Division of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, was presented today at the AICPA’s Fall Tax Division Meeting in Washington, D.C. by David Lifson, a former chair of the AICPA Tax Executive Committee and previous Dixon award recipient.

Starkman is a widely recognized expert on tax simplification and the history of U.S. taxes.  His book, The Sex of a Hippopotamus: A Unique History of Taxes and Accounting has been described by The Wall Street Journal as the “only readable book about taxes.”  Starkman began his career in New York with Price Waterhouse and Touche Ross and as the comptroller of a commercial finance company.  He then moved to Atlanta to work with Arthur Young.  In 1979, Starkman began his own firm in Atlanta from which he still practices.

Starkman has been a dedicated volunteer leader for the AICPA for more than 25 years. Starkman has chaired the Tax Simplification Committee, the Member Tax Practice Improvement Committee, and the Tax Court Practice by CPAs Task Force.   In addition, he served on the Tax Executive Committee, Tax Policy Committee, Task Force on IRS Restructuring Issues, Tax Reform Task Force, State and Local Advisory Group, Tax Shelter Regulations Task Force, Corporate Tax Shelter Task Force, IRS Practice and Procedures Committee, and on the steering committee and as moderator at the AICPA – American Bar Association Invitational Conference on Reduction of Income Tax Complexity.

He has been an active volunteer with the Georgia Society of CPAs, including serving as the chairman of its Tax Legislation Subcommittee and as a member of a number of its committees.  The Georgia House of Representatives honored his service in the state by issuing a special resolution in appreciation of his assistance with simplifying Georgia’s income tax laws.

Starkman holds a B.S. in Accounting and an MBA in Taxation from New York University.

The annual award is in honor of Arthur J. Dixon, a CPA who had an outstanding record of service to the tax profession and to the AICPA Tax Division.  Dixon was chairman of the AICPA's Tax Executive Committee from 1977 to 1980 and posthumously won the first award named in his honor.  The award was established after his death in 1981 to honor outstanding CPAs in the area of taxes.