Intercollegiate Case CompetitionsPwC xTAX

Have you got the right stuff?  Business is the place where theory IS executed in real time, where decisions are made with consequences. Communication is key and collaborative team-oriented thinking is a must. These are the conditions PricewaterhouseCoopers seeks to create with the xTAX campus competition. No number crunching exercise, xTAX is focused on high-level issues designed to test and improve your decision making skills. Detailed accounting knowledge is not required to participate.

How it works

Each Fall, PwC comes on campus for a xTAX launch. During the launch, a xTAX project leader, PwC staff members and former competitors are available to provide additional information and answer all questions about the competition. The launch is followed by an on-campus mission meeting where all on-campus teams meet with a PwC representative who explains the case challenge and releases the case. Each team will have two weeks to formulate a solution to present to a panel of PwC professionals.

Who can compete?

Teams must consist of five members using the following criteria:

  • two sophomores, each must be enrolled in the first accounting course or be an accounting major/minor
  • one junior must be an accounting major
  • one "other" team member may be at any level - freshman to fifth year student (This team member does not have to be an accounting major - a general business or business-related major is acceptable.)
  •  one team member can be at any level but must be enrolled in either the first accounting course or be an accounting major/minor at the undergraduate or graduate level

Key takeaways

There are personal and financial rewards.

  • Intellectually satisfying to team with friends to discuss and solve real world issues.
  • Critical thinking and communication skills foster long-term professional rewards. 
  • The winning team on each campus receives $1,000 and consideration for the national finals.
  • The five teams chosen for the national finals each receive $10,000 and a chance to compete for the Hamilton Award.
  • The National Finalists travel to Washington, DC to meet with professionals from PwC's Washington National Tax Services group and other PwC staff.
  • Faculty mentors who coach campus winners receive $500 and those who coach national finalist teams will receive $5,000 and an invitation to join their team in Washington, DC.

Contact information

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To learn more about the PWCxTax case competition please contact:

Gina Bretos
Phone: 305-348-0356

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