Dixon Award Given to Friedman


Tax man Arthur M. Friedman accepts Dixon Award from David A. Lifson.

Although Arthur M. Friedman traveled to many interesting places during his 38-year career with Arthur Andersen, he may consider the trip he made to Washington, D.C., the most memorable. It was during that visit last fall that Friedman received the prestigious Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award.

The AICPA tax division gives the award, which was established in 1981, to a CPA who has had a distinguished record of service in the tax area.

David A. Lifson, chairman of the tax executive committee, presented the award to Friedman at the AICPA's annual fall tax conference.

Friedman, a business and tax consultant since retiring from Arthur Andersen in 1995, served most recently as managing director of tax training for the firm (19901995). There he created an international program in which more than 2,000 partners participated.

It is interesting that my legacy at Arthur Andersen was in the training area even though I had done more than 30 years of tax work, said Friedman.

Getting You Where You Live

Although Connecticut residents carry the highest overall tax burden in the nation (average total tax rate of 39.85%), Hawaiians pay the highest local and state taxes as a portion on income.

How States Rank in Local and State Taxes
Rank in local & state taxes Tax as % of income Rank in overall taxes Rank in local & state taxes Tax as % of income Rank in overall taxes
1. Hawaii 14.19 17 26. Nevada 11.27 10
2. New York 13.60 4 27. Oregon 11.25 30
3. Wisconsin 13.52 2 28. Maryland 11.12 19
4. Maine 13.34 13 29. Delaware 11.11 37
5. Minnesota 13.13 3 30. Indiana 11.04 29
6. Connecticut 12.85 1 31. Arizona 11.01 28
7. Utah 12.70 11 32. Illinois 11.00 7
8. New Mexico 12.38 20 33. Michigan 10.99 9
9. Mississippi 12.34 31 34. West Virginia 10.81 42
10. California 11.99 14 35. Colorado 10.81 26
11. Kentucky 11.94 33 36. North Carolina 10.77 38
12. Rhode Island 11.93 12 37. Pennsylvania 10.74 32
13. Vermont 11.92 27 38. Montana 10.70 40
14. Washington 11.77 8 39. Oklahoma 10.67 48
15. Idaho 11.70 24 40. North Dakota 10.67 47
16. Missouri 11.66 25 41. Florida 10.65 16
17. Arkansas 11.63 36 42. South Dakota 10.62 44
18. Kansas 11.59 15 43. Texas 10.52 34
19. South Carolina 11.51 21 44. Virginia 10.32 35
20. Georgia 11.50 18 45. Louisiana 10.20 46
21. Nebraska 11.46 23 46. Alabama 9.47 43
22. New Jersey 11.40 5 47. Tennessee 8.61 45
23. Massachusetts 11.39 6 48. Wyoming 7.89 41
24. Ohio 11.36 22 49. New Hampshire 6.52 50
25. Iowa 11.31 39 50. Alaska 6.09 49
 
Source: Tax Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Friedman, who joined Arthur Andersen in 1957, was named partner in the firm's Chicago tax division in 1968. About that time, he became active in the AICPA. He served on the Institute's tax executive committee and was chairman of its corporations and shareholders taxation committee and the committee on tax policy and planning.

Friedman's other professional affiliations include membership in the Illinois, Ohio and California societies for CPAs.

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