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Grant Award Information

In recognition of the outstanding leadership and service rendered by Diane Tinney, past Executive Director of The Association for Computers and Taxation (ACT) who retired from ACT in June of 2002, it's Board of Directors takes pride in establishing the Tax Technology Award.  One award may be given annually to interns or junior candidates of ACT Members and is established as a continuing reminder of Diane Tinney's dedication to applying technology advances to corporate tax departments.  This award is to support students in applying technology advances to corporate tax departments.

Grant Award

If selected as the recipient of the ACT Tax Technology Award, ACT will provide the Grant recipient with a full conference pass to the attend the next scheduled ACT Conference. This includes travels costs, including transportation, mileage allowance (based on the current Federal rate) or taxi fare for travel to and from the airport and minor tips. Meals will be provided as part of the conference. The arrangements for travel will be made by the ACT Administrative Coordinator.

Grant Selection Process

A three member committee will be selected by the ACT Board to review all applications and select the award recipient.


Eligibility Requirements

Intern Candidate:

  • Must be at least 19 years old.
  • Must be currently enrolled at a degree-granting College or University.
  • Must have maintained a cumulative 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must have participated in an internship or co-op in a corporate environment.
  • Must have participated in either accounting or tax work during their internship or co-op.
  • Must be nominated by a Regular or Associate Member of ACT.
  • A candidate, once chosen as the grant recipient, may not subsequently be nominated. A candidate who is not selected may be re-nominated.
  • Undergraduate and Graduate students are both eligible.

 Junior Candidate:

  • Must have attended a degree-granting College or University within the past three years on a full-time basis (minimum 12 credit hours).
  • Must have maintained a cumulative 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must be a Regular ACT Member. Must be working within their company's tax department.
  • Must be nominated by the senior member of a Regular ACT Member company.
  • A candidate, once chosen as a grant recipient, may be not subsequently be nominated. A candidate who is not selected may be re-nominated.
Schedule of Events
  • Award Applications will be accepted from August 15 through December 15.
  • The Administrative Coordinator for ACT will perform the following between August 15 and December 15:
  1. Ensure that all candidates meet the eligibility requirements.
    • Verify application package is complete.
    • Secure a letter of recommendation from ACT Member.
    • Confirm that applicant has cumulative 2.5 grade point average.
    • Secure a letter from a degree-granting College or University verifying enrollment.
  2. Once eligibility requirements are met, an application number will be supplied to both top and bottom portions of the application package.
  3. The top portion of the application, which details the candidate's personal information will be removed and filed at the ACT office.
  4. The bottom portion of the application form contains detail of the applicant's activities, answers to questions and career goals. One copy of the bottom portion will be mailed by January 1 to each member of the Grant Committee for his or her review.
  5. The Grant Committee will meet to discuss applicants and submit their decision to the ACT Board by January 31.
  6. An announcement of the grant recipient will be made on or around February 15.
Submitting Your Application

A complete application and required documents must be submitted on-line or postmarked between August 15 and December 15 and submitted to Association for Computers & Taxation, Grant Application, P.O. Box 1093, Warwick, NY 10990.

Additional Documentation Requirements

Intern Candidate Documents:

  • A letter from a degree-granting college/university verifying enrollment.
  • A letter from ACT member verifying internship.
  • An official transcript from the degree-granting college/university attended. (Must be supplied directly from the institution and reflect the courses and cumulative grade point from the most recent academic semester attended.)
  • Two questions are included in the application form. Candidate must prepare an essay to respond to these questions. The essay topics may change annually. The complete essay is limited to three pages at 12 pt font.

Junior Candidate Documents:

  • An official transcript from the degree-granting college/university attended. (Must be supplied directly from the institution from the most recent academic semester attended.) Cumulative grade point average must be at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A letter of recommendation from a senior ACT member.
  • Two questions are included in the application form. Candidate must prepare an essay to respond to these questions. The essay topics may change annually. The complete essay is limited to three pages at 12 pt font.

What are your career goals? Describe your interest in tax automation and your involvement in tax automation projects. Identify any specific tax systems used and ideas contributed.
How do you believe Tax Departments meet governmental demands for tax transparency through the use of technology? Discuss how you and the company you are currently with use technology to improve productivity in your department. Cite specific examples and discuss the challenges and benefits.

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