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The Graduate Tax Program is your one-stop resource for questions regarding registration, course materials, academic advising, and LL.M. Program or BU Law events.    

Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. During the summer, the office is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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    Graduate Tax Program
    Boston University School of Law
    765 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th floor
    Boston, MA 02215
    Tel: 617.353.3105
Richard T. Ainsworth, Director, Graduate Tax Program

Richard T. Ainsworth, Director, Graduate Tax Program

Director Ainsworth, who has been a lecturer in BU Law's tax program since 2005, brings extensive transfer pricing experience and scholarship to the role of Director. He has published frequently on issues involving U.S., OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), and customs transfer pricing rules. Director Ainsworth, who has served as an IRS transfer pricing litigator, frequently consults for U.S.-based multinational corporations on transfer pricing and valuation issues. At ADP/Taxware, he became an internationally recognized expert on sales suppression and retail tax frauds in the U.S. and EU. Ainsworth is known for his work on how technology facilitates transaction-based fraud including Zapper and Phantomware applications. He has testified and drafted legislative changes to address technology-based fraud in the U.S., EU, and East Africa including proposals to institute digital invoice custom exchanges.

Before coming to BU Law, Director Ainsworth served as deputy director of the international tax program at Harvard Law School, where he was also a lecturer. In addition to teaching law at BU and Harvard, he has been an adjunct professor of public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, a visiting professor of American Tax Law at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, and a Fulbright professor of taxation at Kobe and Osaka Universities in Japan. Director Ainsworth has lectured on technical and tax modernization issues for the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, United Nations Development Program, U.S. Treasury and Japanese International Cooperation Agency. He earned a B.B.A. from Boston College, a J.D. from Suffolk University, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. Director Ainsworth will teach U.S. Transfer Pricing residentially and online during the coming year.

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Anne Benson, Assistant Director

Anne Benson, Associate Director

Anne is the Associate Director and manages the day-to-day operations of the Graduate Tax Program. If you have questions about course selections, exam accommodations, student loan deferment, orientation, or anything related to the program, please contact her. Throughout the year, you will receive Weekly Reminders from Anne via email, informing you of upcoming deadlines, events and job opportunities.

Currently, Anne is working towards her second Ed.M., with a focus on school counseling. She received her first Ed.M. in Higher Education Administration from Boston University in 2004, and her B.A. in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995. After working as a Victim/Witness Advocate for the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office from 1997 to 2001, Anne joined Boston University's Office of Financial Assistance (OFA) where she served an Assistant Director for four years. In the OFA, Anne worked with undergraduates and their families, strategizing with them about college financing options. Anne also worked closely with Boston University's ROTC program and enjoyed volunteering at the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club, where she offered financial aid assistance to local families. In 2005, Anne moved temporarily to Ithaca, New York, where she worked for Cornell University. She returned to Boston in June 2007 and joined the GTP in September.

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Kaitlyn A. Bonham, Program Coordinator

Kaitlyn A. Bonham, Program Coordinator

Kaitlyn is the Program Coordinator for the Graduate Tax Program and provides support for the Director and Associate Director. She maintains communication with prospective applicants regarding program information and the application process, as well as scheduling prospective visits and applicant interviews. She also serves as events coordinator for student programs including social gatherings and tax seminars and is the contact person for any registration and add/drop requests.  Kaitlyn is originally from Columbus, Ohio, and remains a Buckeye at heart.  She graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in History of Art before working as the Program Coordinator and Graduate Student Advisor at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business. 


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