Awards Program

The annual IPT Awards Program recognizes those members (See Past Recipients) who have made extraordinary contributions to our organization. We encourage all members to recommend any member they believe is worthy of consideration. The following is a listing and description of the six established IPT Awards.

Distinguished Service Award


This award is presented to one or more individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Institute over an extended period of time. Examples of the activities for which this award has been previously given include sustained and substantial contributions to one of the Institute's designations or educational programs. To nominate a person for this award, a written statement setting forth the basis for the recommendation is required.

Special Award


This award is presented to the member or members who have contributed significantly to a special project, activity, or achievement of the Institute. Examples of the activities for which this award has been predicated are representation of IPT in national conclaves, commissions and task forces, significant involvement in revisions to the organization's bylaws, and a notable role in enhancing IPT educational programs.

New Member Achievement Award


Presented to a member(s) to acknowledge and reward the contributions of our most active newer members so as to establish visible support and encouragement for committed stewardship and service contributions across all membership levels, and, in particular, to foster leadership-level commitment at the new membership level. 

The following criteria will be considered by the committee for evaluating New Member Achievement Award nominations:
  • Must be a member of IPT
  • Eligible recipients have been members for five or fewer years
  • Member's age is not a factor
  • Objective criteria for award consideration will be:
  1. Number of committee memberships and chair positions held
  2. Number of programs attended (schools, conferences, symposiums)
  3. Number pf program leadership commitments (instructor, speaker, etc.)
  4. Number of IPT articles and papers authored
  5. Number of other leadership initiatives undertaken (local luncheon group organization or participation, IPT new member recruitment, etc.)
  6. Number of leadership-level contributions within the 5 years preceding IPT membership
Consideration of the above objective criteria will be weighted for activities that demonstrate initiative, responsibility and a material time commitment (examples: chairing a committee versus committee membership, instructing a school versus attending a school, reactivating and/or assuming leadership responsibility for a local luncheon group, etc.)

Instructor of the Year Awards


This award is presented to the Instructor who has made a significant contribution to an IPT school during the past year. There will be separate awards for the three tax disciplines: state and local income, property and sales and use taxes and an instructor award for the credits & incentives school. The recipients will be selected via a nomination process by the school chairs, instructors for each school, and the student evaluations. 

Literary Paper Award


These awards recognize the preparation of relevant papers by IPT members for their colleagues during the preceding year. IPT members may write regarding any property tax, state/local income, or sales/use tax issue, respectively, affecting the business community. Papers should be typewritten, double-spaced and 1,000 to 4,000 words in length. They must not have been previously published, except by IPT. Submissions will be judged on the basis of: timeliness of the topic, perceived breadth of affected IPT membership (i.e., is the issue one of interest to many members/businesses), scholarliness (thoroughness in treating the issue, underlying research, use of precedents, statistical data, and other contextual materials framing the issue), clarity/cogency of analysis and any recommendations included, originality, and perceived value in advancing the professional skills of IPT membership. Papers not previously published by IPT may appear in the Institute's monthly newsletter. Recipients will be presented with a U.S. Savings Bond of up to $1000 at the Annual Conference.

Article of the Year Award


These awards recognize the preparation of relevant articles published during the preceding year in the IPT Insider. They must not have been previously published. Articles will be judged on the basis of: timeliness of the topic, perceived breadth of affected IPT membership (i.e., is the issue one of interest to many members/businesses), scholarliness, and clarity/cogency of analysis. The award recipients will be selected based upon nominations received from the Editorial Committee and IPT Communications Manager.

Submission and Selection Process


IPT Members are encouraged to nominate worthy individuals so that their contributions to the Institute and the tax profession can be appropriately recognized. Nominations should be made using the official Nomination Form available here during the nomination period. In the case of the Literary Paper Award nominations, the paper nominated should also be submitted to awards.nominations@ipt.org  or mailed to the IPT office. (However, it is not necessary to submit copies of papers previously published by IPT.) The Awards Committee reviews nominations, identifies potential award recipients, and makes award recommendations to the IPT Board of Governors for the Distinguished Service Award, Special Award, New Member Achievement Award and the Literary Paper Award. The Awards Committee makes its recommendations to the Board of Governors for recipients of the Instructor of the Year Award via a nomination process by the school chairs, instructors for each school, and student evaluations. Recipients of the Article of the Year Award will be selected via a nomination process based on a review by IPT's Communications Manager and Editorial and recommendation by the Awards Committee to the Board of Governors. Awards are presented at the Annual Conference. Distinguished Service and Special Award recipients will receive complimentary registration for the Conference as well as a certificate. All award recipients will be identified in writing by IPT and will be enrolled on the IPT Awards Recipients page of IPT's website.

Much of the work of the Institute depends on the contributions of volunteer members. The awards program allows us to thank and publicly recognize some of the outstanding volunteer efforts. Your participation in helping to identify deserving award recipients is greatly appreciated.

See IPT Awards Recipients