xTAX team participates in national finals
For the second time in four years, Bryant’s xTAX team competed in the national finals of xTAX, a taxation case competition that is part of the annual xTREME Games sponsored by PwC. The Bryant students faced off against teams from Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M University, Brigham Young University, and Binghamton University in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 22 to 24.
Case competitions challenge students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world business issues. To qualify for the xTAX finals, teams from colleges and universities around the country receive a business taxation problem. Teammates spend many hours conducting research and networking with business professionals to arrive at their recommendations. They have just 12 minutes to present their case before a panel of PwC judges.
The Bryant students who participated in the competition included:
- Lucas Hahn ’16 (Bradford, NH)
- Connor Follette ’16 (Plymouth, MA)
- Leiyan Li ’16 (Hubei, China)
- Sarah Stokowski ’17 (Middletown, CT)
- Katlyn Twomey ’17 (Paramus, NJ)
Two members of the Bryant team that won a place in the finals were unable to make the trip to Washington, D.C., because they were participating in the Sophomore International Experience.
“We were a little shorthanded but that did not impede our presentation,” says Professor of Accounting Michael Lynch, J.D., the team’s coach. “Our team held their ground and answered a series of difficult questions from a team of five PwC national partners.”
Although the team from Brigham Young ultimately won the competition’s prestigious Hamilton award, Lynch was thrilled with the Bryant team’s performance.
“The PwC xTax Challenge was a great experience,” says Hahn. “It presented our team with the opportunity to work with PwC professionals on a real-world accounting problem. To be able to represent Bryant University and make a presentation in front of PwC's national tax leaders was truly a one-of-the-kind experience.”
In 2012, the Bryant team made it to Washington where they competed against teams from Binghamton, Brigham Young, University of South Carolina, and University of Virginia.