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Professor, Taxation
Robert Blatz
111 Fairlane Center South
19000 Hubbard Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126

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Biography and Education

Robert E. Blatz, Jr., Professor of Taxation at the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business. Professor Blatz, has been teaching full-time at the university level since 1979. For the past eight years he has been at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where he teaches primarily in the graduate Accounting/Tax program. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Professor Blatz taught at the University of Cincinnati, Central Michigan University, the University of Nevada, and Central Connecticut State University. Professor Blatz holds a BA (History) and a J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy. He has a M.B.A and a M.S. in Tax from the University of Cincinnati, and an L.L.M. (Tax) from New York University.


His main teaching and research interests include the taxation of business entities, such as corporations, partnerships, and LLCs, as well as the taxation of property transactions, including topics such as realization and characterization of gain or loss, use of debt financing, installment sales, like-kind exchanges, leveraged leasing, tax shelter transactions and limitations on their use.


University of Detroit Mercy

Teaching and Research

Selected Publications

  1. The Improvement in the Association Between Executive Compensation and Performance Through Aggregation,” Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly, (Vol. 58, No. 1, September 2010, pp. 131–144, with B. Bublitz, K. Philipich, X. Xue).
  2. “Did the Oil Industry Benefit from the 2005 Hurricane Season? An Analyst's and Market Perspective,” Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly, (Vol. 57, No. 2, December 2009, pp. 259–265, with K. Philipich, Y. Ro, V. Sharma).
  3. “Inventory Accounting for Small Business Taxpayers Reselling Goods Produced Under Contract,” Practical Tax Strategies, (Vol. 79, No. 6, April 2009, pp. 324–336).
  4. “The Existence of Reasonable Doubt as to Revenue Collection and Expense Payment: Implications for Accrual Basis Taxpayer,” The ATA Journal of Legal Tax Research, (Vol. 7, 2009, pp. 33–56, with K. Philipich).


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