Scott Pickett

Professor (Lecturer)

School of Accounting

Career Line, Faculty

After 28 years of Big Four public accounting experience, Scott took early retirement in order to pursue a dream – teaching at the University of Utah. Scott is an alumnus of the University of Utah graduating in 1979 with a BA in accounting followed in 1980 with a Masters of Professional Accountancy also from the University of Utah. While working on his masters degree, Scott joined the Salt Lake City office of PwC (then Coopers & Lybrand) as a tax associate. Scott developed within the firm to the point where he was admitted as a tax partner in 1992. In 1996, he was designated the Salt Lake City Office Managing Partner – a title he held until his retirement in 2007. For a period of nine years prior to retiring, Scott was an adjunct faculty member teaching Partnership Taxation in the MAcc program. Upon retirement, he joined the university faculty full-time. Following his first year of full-time involvement at the university, Scott spent three years in Brazil as an LDS Mission President. Upon his return, he once again joined the faculty pursuing this ‘second career’.

Throughout the years with PwC, Scott had the opportunity to provide tax compliance and consulting services to a wide range of clients in terms of size and industry–both domestic and international companies. He was consulted on the most challenging of tax issues. As such, Scott was recognized by his clients and peers as a pre-eminent tax professional.

For many years, Scott has played an active role in our community. He has served on the board of many non-profit organizations including United Way of Salt Lake, American Red Cross, Ballet West, Legal Aid Society and Gina Bachauer. In addition, he has served as president of the YMCA, Salt Lake Art Center, Cornerstone Counseling Center and University Hospital Foundation. In connection with the David Eccles School of Business, Scott has served on and chaired the Accounting Advisory Board as well as serving as a member of the school’s advisory board.

In 1997, Scott was named Outstanding Alumnus by the University of Utah School of Accounting. He was also honored to receive the 1993 Zions Bank “Up ‘N Comers” Award. In 2006, Scott received the United Way of Salt Lake “Volunteer of the Year” Award. In addition, he was honored to be named the 2006 recipient of the UACPA “Outstanding CPA in Public Practice” Award. Scott was honored by receipt of the “Rod Brady Superior Teaching” Award granted by the David Eccles School of Business in 2013. In 2014, Scott was honored to be the first recipient of the Kenneth J. Hanni Teaching Award recognizing outstanding teaching in the School of Accounting.

Areas of Expertise
Federal Tax
State &International Taxation

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  • Bachelor of Arts 1979, Accounting, University of Utah. Project: N/A
  • Master of Professional Accountancy 1980, Accounting, University of Utah. Project: N/A
Honors & Awards
  • Living the C&L Commitment (1st SLC Office recipient of this national award). PricewaterhouseCoopers (Coopers & Lybrand), 06/1984
  • Up ‘n Comers Award. Zions Bank, 03/1994
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award. University of Utah School of Accounting, 05/1997
  • Outstanding CPA in Public Practice. Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants, 04/2006
  • Volunteer of the Year. United Way of Salt Lake, 08/2006
  • First Recipient of the Kenneth J. Hanni Teaching Award. David Eccles School of Business, 05/2014
  • Brady Superior Teaching Award. David Eccles School of Business, 04/2013
  • ACCTG 6300-001 Tax Research
  • ACCTG 6320-001 Adv Corporate Taxation
  • ACCTG 6360-001 International Tax
  • ACCTG 6732-001 Corporate/LLC Taxation
  • ACCTG 6732-002 Corporate/LLC Taxation
  • ACCTG 6350-001 Partnership Tax
  • ACCTG 6370-001 State & Local Tax
  • ACCTG 6380-001 Adv Federal Tax Issues