PricewaterhouseCoopers Supports Diversity In Tax Industry Outreach Project

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PricewaterhouseCoopers has signed on to be a premier sponsor of TaxDiversity.com, a website dedicated to helping diverse tax professionals connect with tax opportunities while promoting overall diversity within the tax profession.

We are greatly appreciative of PricewaterhouseCoopers' commitment and support to the TaxDiversity project and their commitment to resolve the pressing issue of diversity within our field.

In an effort to support cultural diversity in the Tax industry, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) has become a premiere sponsor of TaxDiversity.com, a website dedicated to helping diverse tax professionals connect with tax opportunities while promoting overall diversity within the tax profession.

According to TaxDiversity founder and long time tax industry insider Tony Santiago, the PricewaterhouseCoopers sponsorship validates the need for the project while enabling further initiatives to increase the percentages and success rates of women and minorities in the tax field. "We are greatly appreciative of PricewaterhouseCoopers' commitment and support to the TaxDiversity project and their commitment to resolve the pressing issue of diversity within our field."

According to surveys conducted by the TaxDiversity project, the majority of companies that are involved in tax or operate an in-house tax department believe that there is a significant shortage of diverse candidates to pull into the field. "I have heard this industry talk for years about the supply/demand imbalance for diverse tax candidates. Today, I am pleased to see that we are garnering support for our initiative but we need to reach out even deeper to more companies to demonstrate that we can promote change if we all pull together," stated Santiago.

As part of the new sponsorship, Santiago and his team are creating a new diversity initiative to connect a qualified diverse tax candidate with a viable employer. This featured candidate program will initially identify one professional candidate and match them up to a company that strongly desires to employ a diverse tax professional. "We will act as the matchmaker for these candidates and without any recruiter fees and I will personally be involved in the first series of connections between the diverse candidates and the companies that seek their employment," concluded Santiago.

The featured candidate program is being made possible by the new PWC sponsorship and Santiago believes that with more support from other organizations that have a vested interest in diversity, the change in the tax landscape can improve through a combination of awareness and action.    

TaxDiversity.com is an initiative conceived by Tax Search, Inc. and TaxTalent.com Founder and Owner Tony Santiago to increase the number of individuals from under-represented groups who choose to pursue a career in taxation. The multi-faceted effort centers around a Web site where visitors can interact, view diverse jobs and get additional information about the profession, but also includes outreach to undergraduates, dialogue throughout the profession and consulting services. For more information, visit http://www.taxdiversity.com.

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