What I do
"I keep colleges and universities out of trouble with the IRS."
  • Simulated Audits
  • Policy and Procedure Reviews
  • On Site Workshops
  • Virtual Tax Manager
"You can't get ready for an audit, you have to stay ready.  And to stay ready, you have to get ready."  

Virtual Tax Manager
Tax responsibilities are disbursed throughout campus. For instance, Payroll does W-2's, Accounts Payable does the 1099's, student financial accounting does the 1098-T's.  In addition someone else is preparing the sales tax return and someone else is preparing the UBIT tax return.  Did you know the University of Michigan files more forms with the IRS than General Motors?  
Smaller schools cannot afford a full time tax manager to oversee all the tax responsibilities on campus.
SOLUTION:  A 'Virtual Tax Manager' on call to provide guidance and assistance in the areas you need it most.  Call me, lets talk to  

About me

My name is Steve Hoffman, AKA "The Tax Translator". I work with CFO's. Controllers and Finance Departments of Universities to keep them out of trouble with the IRS. I 'translate' complex tax law with easily understood plain English using real life examples. I resolve IRS problems for higher education.

Speaker at seminars/workshops with a specialty in taxation of colleges and universities. Have presented at CACUBO, EACUBO, SACUBO, ACUA and others.

12 years experience as a Tax Manager at three Universities in the US - State Universities and Private Independent Universities.

Serve as Virtual Tax Manger for four different universities.

Served three years on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel and the Advisory Committee to the Tax Exempt/Governmental Entities Division of the IRS.

Recovering IRS Agent after 15 years with the IRS. But don't hold that against me!

Editor and publisher of ‘Tax Updates for Colleges and Universities’ which is distributed to over 4500 people at colleges and universities in the Business and Finance Departments across the United States.

Published Author of "Taxation for Universities and Colleges: Six Steps to a Successful Tax Compliance Program" (Wiley Publishers, 2013) , 'Resources from The Tax Translator" and "Let's Talk Tax" magazine

Specialties: Non-profit taxation, especially taxation of colleges and universities. Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT), Fringe Benefits, Sales Tax, International Student Taxation, Independent Contractor, Six Steps to a Successful Tax Compliance Program and Tax Updates for Colleges and Universities.

Contact me at Steve@TheTaxTranslator.com or give me a call at 732.853.4721 

Subscribe to my free electronic Newsletter  
- "Tax Updates for Colleges and Universities".

 Filled with information about tax changes that will impact you and how to prepare for them.  It only comes out about once a month, so no overloading your inbox. Besides if it is not helpful to you, simply unsubscribe - I'll be sad to see you go,but give it a try for a few months. Over 4000 subscribers, they cant all be wrong! Just send me an email at Steve@TheTaxTranslator.com asking to subscribe and you'll receive the very next edition.   


I am picky about what I read…I even declined to be on the big four firms tax exempt newsletters because I don’t like overload…your Newseltter] is of great interest for a quick update…relevant, easy to read and excellent.

– John, VT


Thank you so much for your time and valuable information. It was definitely helpful to speak with someone else who understands the “issues” and is a subject-matter expert!

– Jenn, NY


“The class is very worthwhile because Steve has a lot of experience and knowledge.  He facilitates discussion in a relaxed manner and invites questions.  I have been in several of his workshops and have always learned something new.”

I really enjoyed your presentations…….your wonderful sense of humor really made “tax information” fun!

– Carol, AR


This is extremely helpful.  I am so glad I had the opportunity to attend your presentation.  I would love to have you visit our campus some time.

– Paula, TX

Contact Me
Got a question?  Want to hear from me?  Just send me an email or give me a call.   

Email Address & Phone Number Steve@TheTaxTranslator.com   
(732) 853-4721