Ann B. Cohen, CPA

Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus
Accounting and Law


MBA, School of Management, University at Buffalo
BA, State University of New York at Binghamton


  • Certified Public Accountant


Cohen specializes in taxation. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is director of the School's Master of Science in Accounting program, a member of the MBA Committee and active in profesional and community associations. Cohen chairs Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession, a joint program between the University at Buffalo and the New York State Society of CPAs designed to interest minority students in accounting careers.


  • Introduction to Federal Income Tax
  • Taxation of Business Entities and Their Owners
  • Tax Planning for the Closely-Held Business

Selected Publications

"Renewal Communities Revisited:  Expansion Provides Retroactive Tax Savings," The CPA Journal, November 2006

"Renewal Communities: Tax Benefits for Distressed Areas," The CPA Journal, March 2004

"New Tax Law Provides Challenging Curriculum for College Saving," Taxes--The Tax Magazine, September 2001; reprinted in CCH Financial and Estate Planning and Journal of Practical Estate Planning

"Community Renewal Tax Relief Act's Incentives for Investors--Form Over Substance?" The Tax Adviser, June 2001

"Is the Qualified Small Business Stock Exclusion Worthwhile?" The Tax Adviser, December 1998.

"Impact of TRA '97 on Small Businesses and Their Owners," Taxation for Accountants, December 1997; reprinted in Taxation for Lawyers, January/February 1998.

"Home Office Deductions: Alive and Well After Soliman," Taxation for Accountants, May 1997.

"State Response to Federal Tax Reform: A Case Study of New York," Ronald J. Huefner, Ann Burstein Cohen and Steven J. Weiss, State and Local Government Review, Winter 1993.

Instructor Supplements to Prentice Hall's Federal Taxation Series, published by Pearson.

Professional Associations

  • Member of Steering Committee of Annual Institute on Taxation, representing School of Management (Annual two-day tax seminar sponsored by Buffalo Area Chapter of New York State Society of CPAs, Erie County Bar Association and UB School of Management) and annual speaker
  • New York State Society of CPAs- Director; Past-President of Foundation for Accounting Education; Past-President of Buffalo Area Chapter; member of numerous committees
  • Member of American Institute of CPA's; American Accounting Association and American Taxation Association;
  • School of Management Alumni Association - Director (1988-1997) and former Treasurer and Secretary

Awards and Recognition

  • Gold Charles Waldo Haskins Memorial Award for CPA Exam Performance
  • Elijah Watt Sells Certificate of Distinction for CPA Exam Performance
  • Dr. Emanuel Saxe Outstanding CPA in Education Award, NYSSCPA, 2011
  • Distinguished Service Award, Buffalo Chapter, NYSSCPA, 2011
  • UMA Teacher of the Year, 1991 and 1989
  • School of Management Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award, 1996

Other Experience

  • 1988-2005: Speaker at the Annual Tax Institute
  • 1981-1986: Tax Manager, Price Waterhouse
  • 1979-1981: Employee Benefits Analyst, Bell Aerospace
  • 1975-1979: Legal Assistant, Employee Benefits, Phillips, Lytle, Blaine and Huber