Annette Nellen

Nellen, Annette

Professor, Accounting & Finance




Preferred: (408) 924-3508

Office Hours

By Appointment only

Office Location

BT 955 

Bus 223A - Tax Research and Decision-making Bus 223F - Tax Accounting Periods and Methods Bus 223H - Tax Policy Capstone Bus 225F - State Taxation Fundamentals 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


  • null, Loyola Law Sch, 1987

Licenses and Certificates

  • Certified Public Accountant, 1987
  • Attorney, 1987


Annette Nellen, CPA, 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, state taxation, employment tax, ethics, tax policy, tax reform, and high technology tax issues. Annette has over 25 years of experience in the area of taxation with emphasis on tax policy and reform for the past 18 years.

Annette serves on the AICPA Tax Executive Committee 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. Annette 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. In fall 2013, Annette completed a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the Taxation Section of the California Bar. In November 2013, Annette received the Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award from the AICPA, the highest honor bestowed by the accounting profession in the area of taxation.

Annette is the author of Bloomberg BNA Tax Portfolio #533, Amortization of Intangibles. She is also the author of Bloomberg BNA’s Legal & Business portfolio, Overview of Internet Taxation Issues.

Annette 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 July 2013, she accepted an invitation to participate in a tax reform roundtable held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Annette maintains the 21st Century Taxation website and blog (, as well as several websites on tax reform, state tax nexus and e-commerce taxation.

Prior to joining SJSU in 1990, Annette was with Ernst & Young and the IRS.

Twitter: @anellen