Faculty & Research

Ira S. Weiss

Clinical Professor of Accounting and Entrepreneurship

Phone :
1-773-834-3620
Address :
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Ira Weiss specializes in tax strategy, financial accounting, mutual fund taxation, and private equity investing. He teaches advanced MBA courses in both tax strategy and entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth, and helps support the entrepreneurial community through his work as the Faculty Director of Hyde Park Angels, an angel investing group affiliated with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship.

Weiss has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, and his research has appeared in the Wall Street Journal and on CNN, as well as in the Journal of Accounting and Economics and Review of Accounting Studies.

Weiss feels it is important for students in his tax class to walk away knowing how to structure business decisions in the most tax-efficient manner, taking into account all other costs. He cites one significant use for the tools he teaches in class: learning how to structure merger and acquisition transactions. Students also learn many useful tax planning techniques for their personal financial decisions, such as whether they can deduct the cost of MBA tuition off their taxes.. While teaching taxes and business strategy, he often is able to include some of the structures from real private equity deals to demonstrate the power of effective tax planning.

Weiss has held positions at the accounting/consulting firms of Ernst & Young and Coopers & Lybrand, and serves on the boards of Concerro (www.concerro.com) and Retel Technologies (www.reteltechnologies.com).

He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Illinois in 1992. He received an MBA in 1999 and a PhD in 2001, from the Chicago Booth. He holds a CPA from the state of Illinois.

Outside of the classroom, he enjoys college basketball, mountain biking, Middle East politics and religions, and neuro-linguistic programming.

 

2014 - 2015 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
30118 Taxes and Business Strategy 2015 (Winter)
30118 Taxes and Business Strategy 2015 (Spring)
34105 Cases in Entrepreneurship Seminar 2014 (Fall)
34702 Private Equity/Venture Capital Lab 2015 (Spring)

Other Interests

College basketball, mountain biking, angel and venture capital investing, Middle East politics and religions, neuro-linguistic programming.

 

Research Activities

Corporate taxation; mutual fund taxation; accounting regulation; earnings management; and angel investing.

With Marcus Butler and Arthur Kraft, "The Effect of Reporting Frequency on the Timeliness of Earnings: The Cases of Voluntary and Mandatory Interim Reports," Journal of Accounting and Economics (2007).

With Feng Chen, and Lin Zheng, "The Predictive Role of Analyst Coverage Intensity: Evidence from Cross-Listing in the U.S.," Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics (2007).

With Daniel Collins and Edward Maydew, "Changes in the Value-Relevance of Earnings and Book Values over the Past Forty Years," Journal of Accounting and Economics (1997).

REVISION: Tax Planning by Mutual Funds: Evidence from Changes in the Capital Gains Tax Rate
Date Posted: Sep  15, 2010
We investigate whether mutual funds engage in tax planning by testing how they respond to changes in the capital gains tax rates. While previous evidence suggests that individual investors time capital gains realizations, mutual fund managers may not tax plan like individuals because fund managers have incentives to consider the tax liability of both current and potential investors. Our analysis spans over forty-four years, and six major tax changes, allowing us to examine the effect of both tax

New: The Predictive Role of Analyst Coverage Intensity: Evidence from Cross-Listing in the U.S.
Date Posted: Sep  11, 2008
This paper investigates financial analysts' predictive power of future performance and earnings quality, based on their selective coverage of firms that have recently cross-listed into the U.S. This setting is useful for examining these questions because, following cross-listing, firms often experience an increase in analyst coverage and an improvement in their information environment. We find that analyst coverage is positively related to analysts' expectation about firms' future performance an

REVISION: The Predictive Role of Analyst Coverage Intensity: Evidence from Cross-Listing in the U.S.
Date Posted: Sep  08, 2008
This paper investigates financial analysts' predictive power of future performance and earnings quality, based on their selective coverage of firms that have recently cross-listed into the U.S. This setting is useful for examining these questions because, following cross-listing, firms often experience an increase in analyst coverage and an improvement in their information environment. We find that analyst coverage is positively related to analysts' expectation about firms' future performance an

Tax Planning by Mutual Funds
Date Posted: Jun  26, 2007
In this paper we investigate whether mutual fund managers engage in tax planning by testing whether they time securities sales in their funds in response to changes in capital gains tax rates. Although previous evidence suggests that individuals investors engage in this shifting behavior (Auerbach [1988]), open-end mutual funds cannot necessarily be expected to tax plan like individuals because fund managers have incentives to consider the tax liability of both current investors and potential in

REVISION: The Effect of Reporting Frequency on the Timeliness of Earnings: The Cases of Voluntary and Mandator
Date Posted: Jan  05, 2007
We examine whether financial reporting frequency affects the speed with which accounting information is reflected in security prices. For a sample of 28,824 reporting-frequency observations from 1950 to 1973, we find little evidence of differences in timeliness between firms reporting quarterly and those reporting semiannually, even after controlling for self-selection. However, firms that voluntarily increased reporting frequency from semiannual to quarterly experienced increased timeliness, wh

Changes in the Value-Relevance of Earnings and Book Values over the Past Forty Years
Date Posted: Apr  27, 2000
This paper investigates systematic changes in the value-relevance of earnings and book values over time. We report three primary findings. First, contrary to claims in the professional literature, the combined value-relevance of earnings and book values has not declined over the past forty years and, in fact, appears to have increased slightly. Second, while the incremental value-relevance of "bottom line" earnings has declined, it has been replaced by increasing value-relevance of book values.