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Dr. Amy Yurko is an Associate Professor and KPMG Faculty Fellow of Accounting at the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business. She teaches Data Analytics for Decision Making, Corporate & Partnership Tax Accounting and Financial Accounting to graduate and undergraduate students at Duquesne University. She has also taught Individual Tax Accounting & Planning at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Yurko's research interests include tax accounting, executive compensation design, corporate governance, executive power, and examining how taxes influence taxpayer decisions, including compensation design and marriage decisions.

Her research interests extend to teaching, specifically examining new teaching methods to improve the classroom environment, incorporate data analytics, and develop students' comprehension and communication skills.

She serves on the editorial board of the ATA Journal of Legal Tax Research and the Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting

She supervises student's participation in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. She serves as a volunteer tax preparer and recruits students to participate in experiential learning program that provides a valuable service to our community. 

Dr. Yurko is an attorney, whose legal career began at Coopers & Lybrand, a predecessor to Price Waterhouse Coopers. She practiced as an attorney for more than twenty years, specializing in business planning, estates, and taxes.


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Katz School of Business, 2014
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, 1986
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1983

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Palumbo-Donahue School of Business
  • KPMG Faculty Fellow of Accounting, 2021-2024
  • Eugene P. Beard Outstanding Service Award, 2022
  • Summer Research Grant, 2021
  • Summer Research Grant, 2017

  • Outstanding Paper Award, ATA Journal of Legal Tax Research, 2023
  • Public Interest Best Paper Award, ATA, 2023
  • Teaching Innovation Award, ATA, 2020
  • Best Paper Award for 2019,The Tax Adviser, 2020
  • Wojeski Summer Research Grant, 2019
  • Teaching Innovation Award, ATA/Deloitte, 2019
  • Deloitte/Trueblood Seminar for Professors, 2019
  • Wojeski Summer Research Grant, 2015
  • EY/AAA New Faculty Consortium Fellow, 2015

Articles in Journals

Balsam, S. and A. J. N. Yurko (2023) “Executive Compensation and Changes to Sec. 162(m)” The Tax Adviser, Dec: 20-26. 

Camp, J., J. Masseli and A. J. N. Yurko (2023) "Religion versus Politics: An Age-old Question with Continued Importance to the U.S. Nonprofit Classification System” ATA Journal of Legal Tax Research 21(1): 1-21.

Cheng, C., Eagan J. T., Yurko, A. J. N. (2021) "ChicagoLand Popcorn® - Examining Online Retailer Nexus Following Wayfair Using Data Visualization and Robotics Process Automation" Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting.

Cheng, C., Shaw, J. R., Yurko, A. J. N. (2021) "Lessons learned: Incorporating data analytics in tax curricula" The Tax Adviser May 1.

Cheng, C., Crumbley, D. L., Enis, C., Yurko, A. J. N., Yurko, J. P. (2021) "Does the marriage tax differential influence same-sex couples' marriage decisions?" Journal of Marriage and Family 83 (February): 152-172.

Cheng, C., Sapkota, P., Yurko, A. J. N. (2021) "A Case Study of Effective Tax Rates Using Data Analytics" Issues in Accounting Education, 36 (1): 65-89.

Yurko, A. J. N., Cheng, C., Morris, M. (2020) "A New Examination of an Old Question: Is it Constitutional to Tax Marriage?" The ATA Journal of Legal Tax Research 18(1): 19-41.

Balsam, S., Evans, J. H., Yurko, A. J. N. (2019) "The impact of regulation on executive compensation: I.R.C. section 162(m) and the unexpected exclusion of CFOs" Journal of the American Taxation Association 41(2): 59-81.

Yurko, A. J. N., Cheng, C., Metrejean, C. (2019) "The Marriage Tax Penalty Post-TCJA" The Tax Adviser 50(6): 438-451.

Crumbley, D. L., Cheng, C., Yurko, A. J. N. (2019) "The Caterpillar Case: Effective Tax Planning or Scam?" Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting, 11(1): 138-153.

Balsam, S., Evans, J.H., Yurko, A. J. N. (2018) "How the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed I.R.C. §162(m): What this means for corporations and compensation practices" The Tax Adviser 49(6): 362-369.

Yurko, A. J. N., Cheng, C. (2018) "The Preferential Tax Rate on Dividend Income: Economic Stimulus or Window Dressing" Journal of Accounting and Finance 18(7): 148-162.

Yurko, A. J. N. (2018) "An Empirical Examination of the Compensation-Dividend Relation to Compare Conflict Resolution Strategies at Public versus Private Firms" Accounting and Finance Research 7(2): 248-260. 

Yurko, A. J. N., Cheng, C. (2017) "House and Senate Find Common Ground: The Marriage Tax Penalty" taxnotes 157(10): 1441-1447.

Cheng, C., Yurko, A. J. N. (2017) "Trump's First-100-Day Opportunity for Women: Tax Code Reform to Reduce Wage Gap."

Cheng, C., Yurko, A. J. N. (2017) "Federal Tax Code May Contribute to Married Women Wage Gap" Forbes Online Magazine.

Balsam, S., Evans, J. H., Yurko, A. J. N., (2016) "Learning from the Past: CFO Compensation Design and Motivating Accuracy" World at Work 25(4): 20-28.

Yurko, A., Williams, V., Nagle, B., Rau, S., Kollar, R., Kannan, Y., Menk, B., Morris, B. (2015). "How one accounting department is preparing students for the updated CPA exam?" Extra Credit, The Newsletter for Accounting Educators.

Textbooks: Contributing Author

Pratt and Kulsrud (2021-2022) Federal Taxation 2022 and 2023 editions, Van Griner Learning, Cincinnati, OH; Yurko, A. J. N. 

Pratt and Kulsrud (2021-2022) Individual Taxation 2022 and 2023 editions, Van Griner Learning, Cincinnati, OH; Yurko, A. J. N.