Published 12/16/11

Heading to xTAX finals

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  (Dec. 16, 2011) -- For the second consecutive year, a team of Bryant accounting majors is one of five teams from around the country heading to Washington, D.C., in January to compete in the national finals of xTAX, a taxation case competition that is part of the annual xTREME Games sponsored by PwC.

On Jan. 26-27, 2012, the Bryant team -- Jeffrey Dorosh '14 of Naugatuck, Conn., Victoria Frazier '14 of Holden, Mass., Anthony Mahn '13 of Salem, N.H., Sagar Parmar '14 of Cheshire, Conn., and Randa Rugangazi '13 of Kigali, Rwanda  -- will go head to head against teams from Binghamton University, Brigham Young University, University of South Carolina and University of Virginia. The Bryant team is coached by Michael Lynch, professor of accounting.

Case competitions challenge students to apply what they learn in the classroom to a real-world business issue. To qualify for the xTAX finals, teams from colleges and universities around the country receive a business taxation problem. The teammates spend hours conducting research and networking with business professionals to arrive at their recommendation. They have 12 minutes to present their case before a panel of PwC judges. The top five teams from around the country advance to the finals. By advancing to the finals, the Bryant team won $10,000 for the team and an additional $5,000 for their advisor.