George Mason UniversitySchool of Business
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Larsen, Richard

Academic Unit:Accounting
Position:Distinguished Professor
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 101
Office Hours:By Appointment
Research Interests:
  • Tax policy
  • Financial reporting for taxes
  • Executive leadership and management
  • Corporate tax department operations and risk management
  • JD, George Washington University
  • BBA - Accounting, George Washington University

Richard G. Larsen is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Business. He teaches tax and management courses in undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA programs. He previously taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and in the Graduate Tax Program at American University.

Prior to joining the faculty at George Mason University, Larsen was a partner in Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department in Washington, D.C., where he focused on tax accounting and risk advisory services, corporate tax matters for aerospace and defense clients, and internal practice management issues. At his retirement, he was the Global Director of Tax Risk Services and served on Ernst & Young’s Global Advisory Executive board. Larsen previously served as the Tax Managing Partner of Ernst & Young’s Washington and Stamford offices and the Regional Director of Tax of the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Prior to joining the Ernst & Young, Larsen worked on the personal staffs of three U.S. Senators. He currently serves on the board of directors of Tax Analysts and the Northern Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs, the Accounting Advisory Board for BNA, the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council, finance committee of the Washington National Cathedral and is a frequent lecturer.

Larsen received his BBA, with honors, from The George Washington University and his Juris Doctorate, with honors, from The George Washington University Law School. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at the Columbia University School of Business.

In 1992 he was awarded George Washington University’s Outstanding Alumnus Award, Beta Alpha Psi honorary society and was awarded the Phillip A. Blanchard Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching by the George Mason University chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. He is a certified public accountant licensed in the state of Virginia and is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Accounting Association, the American and Virginia Bar Associations and, the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Research and Awards:

Presented the paper titled “Shooting Ourselves in Both Feet” at the George Mason University Tax and Accounting Conference. The paper was also published in the conference proceedings. 

Had the presentation titled “Using Risk Assessment Techniques in Selecting Large Corporate Taxpayers for IRS Examination” published in the proceedings from the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council.

Had the presentations titled “Distance Learning” and “Managing Knowledge in the Issue Practice Groups and International Practice Networks” published in the proceedings from the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council in 2012. 

Was the first to receive the MSA Outstanding Faculty Award from George Mason School of Business.

Had the presentation titled “Remote Work” published in the proceedings from the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council in 2012. 

Had the presentation titled “Use of Academic Research in Developing Tax Policy” published in the proceedings from the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council in 2012.

Published an article titled, “Communicating with the Board of Directors on Taxes” in Tax Executive in Summer 2011.

Selected Oustanding Accounting Professor for 2011 at George Mason University from Beta Alpha Psi.