Janene Finley

Professor | Department Chair

Dr. Finley teaches individual and entity taxation, accounting information systems, and accounting principles for undergraduate and graduate students.

Her research focuses on the U.S. Tax Court, tax credits and deductions, the FASB Codification, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Dr. Finley is a registered certified public accountant and an attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois.

Dr. Finley CV (pdf)

See Courses Taught


  • LLM, Northwestern University, Taxation
  • PhD, Southern Illinois University, Business Administration-Accountancy
  • JD, Northern Illinois University
  • MAcc, Western Illinois University
  • BB, Western Illinois University, Accountancy
  • AA, Black Hawk College, Accounting

I decided to study accounting because I love solving puzzles. To me, accounting – especially taxation – is like a puzzle because we have to fit pieces of financial information together to create a picture that others can see and understand.

Dr. Janene Finley

Highlights and Published Work

Finley, J. (2019). Reforming the Charitable Contribution Tax Deduction: Accounting for Random Acts of Charity. William & Mary Business Law Review, 10(2), pp. 479-514.

Finley, W. & Finley, J. R. (2016). Volunteer Tax Assistance in Libraries. In C. Smallwood (Ed.) The Library's Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons. (pp. 317-26). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Finley, J. R. & Karnes A. (2010). An Empirical Study of the Effectiveness of Counsel in United States Tax Court Cases. Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, 16(1), pp. 1-10.

Finley, J. R. & W. Finley. (2010). Financial Accounting Standard Board Accounting Standards Codification. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 29(1), pp. 3-14.

Grossman, A. M. & Finley, J. R. (2010). FASB Codification of GAAP is Here! New Accountant, 741, pp. 8-9.

Finley, J. R. (2010). An Empirical Study of the Effect of the Change in the Burden of Proof in the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 on the United States Tax Court. Journal of the American Taxation Association. 32(2), pp. 97-98. [Dissertation Abstract]

Finley, J. R. & Grossman, A. M. (2009). Equity in Reforming the Tax Treatment of Health Insurance Premiums. Seton Hall Legislative Journal. 34(1), pp. 1-28.

Finley, J. R. & Karnes, A. (2008). An Empirical Study of the Change in the Burden of Proof in the United States Tax Court. Pittsburgh Tax Review. 6(1), pp. 61-81.

Courses Taught

Income Tax Procedures I
Income Tax Procedures II
VITA Seminar
Accounting Information Systems
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting


Tax Coalition, United Way of the Quad Cities Area
Income Stability Council, United Way of the Quad Cities Area
Iowa Network for Women in Higher Education, Treasurer and Board Member
American Accounting Association
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association


Janene Finley

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