William A Raabe, PhD, CPA

William A Raabe, PhD, CPA

William A Raabe was the Wisconsin Distinguished Professor of Taxation at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Distinguished Professor of Accounting in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  

Bill was the Founding Dean of the Capital University (OH) School of Management, and he taught graduate tax courses at the law school there.  He also taught at Arizona State University, Samford University (AL), and the Ohio State University.


PhD, 1979 University of Illinois, accountancy, public economics, tax law

MAS, 1976, University of Illinois

CPA, 1976

BS, Carroll College (WI), accounting


Federal taxation

State/local taxation

International taxation

Tax education and technology 

Not-for-profit organizations

Financial and retirement planning

Charitable gift techniques


Bill Raabe taught graduate tax courses for over a decade in the Fisher College of Business of The Ohio State University.  Previously, Bill was the Wisconsin Distinguished Professor of Taxation at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.   At UWM, Bill founded and brought to national prominence the master of science program in taxation.

Bill also has taught at Arizona State University, the Capital University (OH) Law School, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Samford University (AL). He has been active in the tax education functions of the major accounting firms, as a teacher and course designer and consultant.

His scholarly articles appear in journals for both academics and tax advisors. His books include undergraduate and graduate texts, as well as several professional reference works. Bill has testified as to tax matters before legislative committees and in the courtroom as an expert witness. He often is quoted in the media on the topics of tax law, tax reform, and economic development effects.

While at OSU, William Raabe founded and directed the Fisher Tax Clinic, in which his students volunteered to prepare federal and state income tax returns for low-income taxpayers.  The Clinic's work was recognized by an award from Pres George W Bush.

At Capital, Bill was the Founding Dean of the School of Management, and the university's only Distinguished Professor.  At Samford, he was the accounting program director and led curriculum changes for the five-year CPA program.  At UWM, Bill was the business school faculty chair, he chaired the Athletic Board, and he was the university's NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative.  Bill was the financial specialist in accrediting various Division I athletic programs, and he developed financial reporting systems for UWM's athletic conference.

Over the years, Bill Raabe has advised teams in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax Policy Case competiton (national finalist), and the Deloitte Tax Consulitng competition (seven national finalist teams at three different universities).

- Educator of the Year, Wisconsin Institute of CPAs
- Led revision of entire tax curriculum, from design to evaluation, Price Waterhouse
- Worked with Alabama governor to write regulations for consolidated tax filing
- Worked with Wisconsin business leaders and legislative committee on corporate tax reform

- Author: Federal Tax Research, Federal Taxation, PwC Tax Cases, Multistate Corporate Tax Guide
- Keynote address, Corporate Tax Reform, RATE Coalition, Columbus OH (2012)
- Fellow:  American Accounting Association, University of Illinois, Ernst & Young, National Center for Tax Education and Research
- Panel of "Master Teachers," AAA (2013, 2012, 2009),  ATA (2009)
- "Master Tax Teacher," and other blogs, videos, and similar education support

- Developed the first nationally marketed estate/gift tax planning software
- Designed and delivered numerous online courses, webcasts, other innovative learning techniques
- Business, computer, and fundraising consultant, various charities
- Extensive professional and community service