Research Expertise: Accounting, response of nonprofit organizations to economic incentives
Professor Robert Yetman is an expert on corporate tax, financial accounting, income tax, U.S. and international financial accounting, and nonprofit accounting and tax issues. His research concentrates on the effect of taxes on business decisions and the response of non-profit organizations to economic incentives. Yetman recently examined why some tax-exempt charities choose to be taxed on their unrelated business income, and how such behavior is not always driven by the desire to maximize profits. He has lectured on cost accounting at executive education programs for wine industry professionals.
Yetman received his Ph.D. in accounting from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.S. in accountancy from San Diego State University. He holds a B.S. in engineering from Marietta College.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Robert Yetman comments about the impact a higher minimum wage would have in the labor market in the Napa Valley wine industry.
Professor Michelle Yetman and Professor Robert Yetman
Professor Michelle Yetman and Professor Robert Yetman
Wanna be a boring accountant? It’s not the mind-numbing, number-crunching career that many assume, as many recent college graduates can attest. This feature dives into hiring trends and projections to reveal the huge demand for new accounts and identifies our new Master of Professional Accountancy program as an idea path to embark on this career. Citing professor Bob Yetman and Executive Director of the MPAc program, Will Snyder this article is a must read for anyone considering a career in accounting.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Wins CalCPA’s Outstanding Accounting Educator Award
Robert Yetman Honored After Statewide Nomination Process
DAVIS (June 25, 2012) – The UC Davis Graduate School of Management announced today that Associate Professor Robert Yetman has been named as one of 2012’s Outstanding Accounting Educators by the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA). Yetman was presented with a plaque and a cash award during a ceremony at the CalCPA council meeting in Napa on June 22.
Yetman was chosen as a winner of the annual award in a nomination process by the 40,000 members of CalCPA, the nation’s largest state accounting organization and the largest CPA association in California.
New Program Launched: Master of Professional Accountancy
Degree Meets New Education Requirements for CPA Candidates
The Graduate School of Management will become the first University of California school to offer a master’s degree in professional accountancy (MPAc)—a response to major changes in educational requirements and the resulting need for improved training of certified public accountants in California.
“The degree will provide a vital educational offering for the residents of California, as well as serve as a valuable component of the Graduate School of Management’s academic portfolio and business model,” said Dean Steven Currall. “Offering this degree is both timely and essential.”
The Effects of Governance on the Accuracy of Charitable Expenses Reported by Nonprofit Organizations
Contemporary Accounting Research, 2011
In this paper, Associate Professors Michelle and Robert Yetman examine the extent to which governance mechanisms affect the decision usefulness of nonprofit financial information as reported on the Internal Revenue Service Form 990 (hereafter IRS 990).
- Appointed to the California Ethics Curriculum Committee by UC President Yudof, which is responsible for determining the State of California Certified Public Accountant ethics educational standards.
- Professor of the Year Award, UC Davis Graduate School of Management, 2005-07, 2009-10.
- Faculty Fellow, American Accounting Association Doctoral Consortium, 2009-10.
- Fellow, American Tax Association Doctoral Consortium, 200
BP to Claim $10B Tax Credit: Company Cites Gulf Oil Spill Costs in Decision That’s Raising Red Flags with Officials
Robert Yetman, associate professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, said the critical question is whether the discussion between President Obama and BP chief executive Tony Hayward constitutes a “settlement.” “BP is a little bit under the gun here,” Yetman said, later adding: “I don’t know how they’re going to play it, and I don’t know how the public is going to respond. But there are certainly differences.”
As late as November 2009, President Obama’s proposal to limit tax breaks for charitable gifts and other itemized deductions to help pay for a health-care overhaul had gone nowhere in Congress, largely due to fears that limiting charitable tax deductions for wealthy people would dampen giving at a time when charities are under severe strain because of the recession.
Although “nonprofit” is often considered to be synonymous with “tax-exempt,” many nonprofit organizations earn revenues from unrelated taxable activities, and on average these taxable activities generate $1.5 million in revenues. Policymakers have expressed concern that the pursuit of unrelated taxable revenues can distract a nonprofit from its primary charitable mission.
Calibrating the Reliability of Publicly Available Nonprofit Taxable Activity Disclosures: Comparing IRS 990 and IRS 990-T Data
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 2009
The topic of nonprofit commercialization has received increased attention from various groups including donors, regulators, and researchers. Perhaps the most commercial of all activities undertaken by nonprofits are those considered to be so far removed from an organization’s exempt mission that the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) considers them to be taxable.
Associate Professor Robert Yetman presented the findings of his survey of wine industry workers in the Napa Valley at the Napa Valley Grape Growers Association’s “Ahead of the Curve” conference on April 19. The conference, the first of its kind, attracted vineyard owners, managers and area winemakers.