Annette Nellen

Nellen, Annette

Professor and Director of the MST Program
MST Program
College of Business
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0066




Preferred: (408) 924-3508(use email to leave messages)

Office Hours

By Appointment Only

Office Location

  • BT 955 

Courses - (add'l info)

  • Bus 223A - Tax Research and Decision-making
  • Bus 223F - Tax Accounting Periods and Methods
  • Bus 223H - Tax Policy Capstone
  • Bus 225H - Taxation of Property Transactions
  • Bus 225K - Advanced Individual Taxation
  • Bus 227B - Ethics for Tax Practitioners
  • Bus 227D - Employment Taxation & the Modern Workforce
  • Bus 227E - Foundation for Understanding Taxation


Links to additional websites maintained by Professor Nellen


  • JD, Loyola Law School, 1987
  • MBA, Pepperdine University, 1981
  • BS (Accounting), CSU, Northridge, 1980

Licenses and Certificates

  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), 2013
  • Certified Public Accountant, California, 1987
  • Attorney, California, 1987


Annette Nellen, CPA, CGMA, Esq., is a professor in and director of San José State University's graduate tax program (MST), teaching courses in tax research, accounting methods, property transactions, high tech tax matters, employment tax, ethics, and tax policy.

Professor Nellen serves on the AICPA Tax Executive Committee (chair as of October 25, 2016) and the AICPA Tax Reform Task Force. She is a past chair of the AICPA Individual Taxation Technical Resource Panel. Annette is a monthly contributor to the AICPA Tax Insider e-newsletter. Professor Nellen was the lead author of the AICPA tax policy concept statement #1, Guiding Principles of Good Tax Policy: A Framework for Evaluating Tax Proposals (2001), still in use today. Professor Nellen is the recipient of the 2013 Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award given by the Tax Division of the AICPA, the highest award given by the accounting profession in the area of taxation. In fall 2013, Professor Nellen completed a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the Taxation Section of the California Bar. She is the co-chair of the CA Bar Tax Section's Women in Tax Committee. She is a former chair of the ABA Tax Section’s Sales, Exchanges & Basis Committee.

Professor Nellen is the author of Bloomberg BNA Tax Portfolio #533, Amortization of Intangibles. She is also the author of Bloomberg BNA Internet Law Resource Center’s portfolio, Overview of Internet Taxation Issues. She is an editor for three of the Southwestern Federal Taxation textbooks (Individual Income Tax; Corporations, Partnerships, Estates & Trusts; and Essentials of Taxation). She is a monthly columnist (Moving Forward?) for Tax Analysts’ State Tax Notes.

Professor Nellen has testified before the House Ways & Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee, California Assembly Revenue & Taxation Committee, and tax reform commissions and committees on various aspects of federal and state tax reform. In 2000, Professor Nellen served on the academic panel that advised the Joint Committee on Taxation staff for the tax law simplification study submitted to Congress in 2001 (which included her proposal for EITC simplification). In 2015 she was appointed to the California Board of Equalization Executive Director’s Advisory Council for a two-year term.

Professor Nellen maintains the 21st Century Taxation website and blog (, as well as several websites on tax reform, state tax nexus, e-commerce taxation, worker classification, marijuana taxation and ethical issues, and virtual currency taxation.

Professor Nellen is a graduate of CSU Northridge (BS Accounting), Pepperdine (MBA), and Loyola Law School (JD). Prior to joining SJSU in 1990, Professor Nellen was with Ernst & Young and the IRS (revenue agent and lead instructor).


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