Annette Nellen CPA, J.D.

Professor, San Jose State University

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, employment tax, ethics, leadership, and tax policy. 

Annette is the immediate past chair of the AICPA Tax Executive Committee. She is a former chair of the ABA Tax Section's Sales, Exchanges & Basis Committee and the AICPA's Individual and Self-Employed Technical Resource Panel, as well as a past member of the California Bar Taxation Section's Executive Committee. She co-chairs CalCPA's Accounting Education Committee. Annette 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.

Annette is the author of Bloomberg BNA Tax Portfolio #533, Amortization of Intangibles. She is an editor and author for the Southwestern Federal Taxation textbooks, and is a regular contributor for Tax Analyst's State Tax Notes (Moving Forward? column). She is a frequent speaker on tax updates, new economy tax matters, tax reform, and tax policy. Annette produces the 21st Century Taxation website and blog (, as well as several websites on tax reform, state tax nexus, e-commerce taxation, marijuana tax rules and ethical considerations, and cryptocurrency taxation.

Annette has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee, Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, California Assembly Revenue & Taxation Committee, and tax reform commissions and committees on various aspects of federal and state tax reform and tax policy.