Richard Ainsworth to Head BU Law's Graduate Tax Program

richard ainsworthDirector brings experience from tax practice and teaching to new role

Boston University School of Law is pleased to announce that Richard T. Ainsworth—director of international government affairs at ADP Inc., a leading provider of automated solutions for sales, use and value-added tax compliance—has been named director of the School’s Graduate Tax Program, effective August 21, 2013.

He brings extensive transfer pricing experience and scholarship to this role and has published frequently on issues involving U.S., OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), and customs transfer pricing rules. 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.

Ainsworth, who has been a lecturer in BU Law’s tax program since 2005, will teach U.S. Transfer Pricing residentially and online during the coming year. “I am excited to be in a position to guide the Graduate Tax Program as it moves forward into online instruction. This is clearly the future for graduate tax instruction, and this further strengthens BU’s leadership position,” he says.

“We are delighted that a highly experienced tax law practitioner and teacher will be heading our graduate tax program,” says John Riccardi, assistant dean of graduate and international programs. “Richard brings both an outstanding academic and professional background to the role.”

Before coming to BU Law, 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, Ainsworth 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.

Ainsworth has lectured on technical and tax modernization issues for the World Bank, 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.

Reported August 20, 2013

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