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Charles W. Swenson, CPA, PhD

Professor of Accounting, University of Southern California

Charles "Chuck" Swenson is Professor and Leventhal Research Fellow at the Leventhal School of Accounting, University of Southern California (USC). Prior to his appointment to USC in 1987, Chuck was on the faculty of the University of Arizona and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Chuck received his PhD (accounting and economics) from USC in 1984. Prior to his academic career, he was employed with Deloitte and Touche, and has also worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a California CPA and consults frequently on state and local taxation issues. Chuck is co-founder of the National Tax Credit Group, a firm which makes software related to special tax zones, including enterprise zones.  

Dr. Swenson is author of more than 50 published articles in a variety of academic and practitioner journals. He is known for his research on the economic impacts of enterprise zones, including his State-sponsored study of California enterprise zones. Chuck has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including ten years on the board of the Accounting Review. He is a three-time recipient of the American Taxation Association’s Outstanding Tax Manuscript Award, and recipient of the Most Popular Teacher Award while at USC. Chuck is the General Editor of the LexisNexis’s publication on state taxation:  Bender’s State Taxation: Principles and Practice.    Chuck is also a contributor to LexisNexis State Tax Practice Insight publications.   Chuck’s other books include Strategic Business Tax Planning (Wiley, 2007)

Chuck resides in Pasadena, California with his son Eric, who is a graduate student at USC.







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