Talk to examine how tax-avoiding companies obscure information in public reports

Corporate tax avoidance and its repercussions will be top of mind at this week’s Goodman Luncheon Speaker Series event.

Tanya Tang, Professor of Accounting and Departmental Researcher of the Year Award recipient at the Goodman School of Business, will present co-authored research Friday, March 10 during her talk, “Tax avoidance and disclosure strategies.”

The research examines the strategies of businesses that try to avoid audits and penalization by tax authorities. These activities include complicating report readability and reader comprehension as well as selectively revealing information in voluntary disclosures where managers can control the information shared publicly.

Before beginning her academic career, Tang worked within numerous positions related to her current research. She was a senior tax consultant for two multinational companies in Hong Kong and, for more than 10 years, worked at the Bureau of Finance, Local Taxation Administration, and Tax Audit Bureau in China, where she was a division supervisor and took a leadership role in auditing complex tax evasion cases.

The Goodman speaker series provides Goodman faculty, staff and students with an informal opportunity to listen and discuss recent advances in research, teaching and practices with business colleagues.

The talk will take place Friday, March 10 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Sankey Chamber. Goodman faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Members of the Brock community interested in joining can email Crystal Li at to reserve a seat.

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