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Dr. Karen Pierce

Associate Professor of Accounting and Mincey Professor of Accounting
Program/Dept: Accounting, Economics & Finance
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: B.S. Accounting, Finance, University of Kentucky 1991; M.B.A. Finance, Morehead State University 2001; • D.B.A. Accounting, Louisiana Tech University 2009
Research Interests:
  • Pierce, K.J. (2007). “Ignorance is Better for Innocent Spouse Equitable Relief”. Practical Tax Strategies, 78(3) 156-166.
  • Pierce, K.J. (2007). “Potential Traps Within Section 72(t) Early Distribution Exceptions for Qualified Retirement Plans”. Journal of Financial Planning, 20(12) 82-90.
  • Pierce, K.J. (2009). “Perceptions of Accounting Chairpersons on Trends and Influences of Non-accounting Publications”.  Presentation at AAA Southeast Region Meeting.
  • Pierce, K.J. (2011). “Key Person Value Adjustments for Closely Held Corporations”. The CPA Journal, 51-57.
  • Pierce, K.J. (2011). “Professional Gamblers Allowed Full Deductibility of Business Expenses”. Practical Tax Strategies, 257-261.
  • Pierce, K.J. (2012). “IFRS: Will Kentucky CPAs be Ready?” The Kentucky CPA Journal, (Issue 3) 35-36.
  • Pierce, K.J. (2012). Ready, Set, Go? Presentation at 2012 Kentucky Educator's Conference.
  • Pierce, K.J. (2013). “Casual or Professional Gamblers? Analyzing the Profit Motive”. Practical Tax Strategies, Volume 91(1) 14-20.
  • Pierce, K.J. (2013). “Taxpayers' Perceptions and Gender Effects on the Innocent Spouse Equitable Relief Provisions”. Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research, 16 205-240.



Karen Pierce, DBA, CPA, is an assistant professor of accounting at  Morehead State University. Pierce is a CPA who held various accounting positions within state government before starting her teaching career. Her research mainly focuses on tax-related issues and she has published several articles in that area. She received her BS in accounting and finance from the University of Kentucky, MBA from Morehead State University and DBA from Louisiana Tech University. Pierce has been a member of the American Accounting Association since 2008, and her writing has been published in numerous accounting trade magazines.

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