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Cass Hausserman


Cass Hausserman, CPA (Illinois), Ph.D. received a BA and MS in Accounting from Michigan State University and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Before starting her Ph.D., she worked for KPMG’s Federal Tax Group in Chicago. She primarily teaches Accounting 421 (taxation) at Portland State University. 

Cass conducts research primarily in behavioral tax, exploring the effects of various practices and policies on taxpayers. She has examined the effects of erroneous communication by the tax authority on taxpayers, how taxpayers’ guilt cognitions affect whether they make a tax amnesty disclosure, how taxpayers perceive messages about tax compliance, the effects of tax incentives on charitable giving, and the interaction of tax policy and charitable giving. She has also examined methods for improving the creativity and problem solving of accounting students. Cass’s research has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of Tax Administration.

In her free time, Cass enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, knitting, biking, and traveling.

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