Professor Emeritus of Accounting at the University of Illinois Springfield, (CPA; PhD in philosophy). Before embarking on his 25 year teaching career he spent 18 years as a practicing CPA in the Chicago area. During his last ten years in practice he was owner-manager of his own accounting firm specializing in small businesses and entrepreneurs. His most recent book, Tax Cheating: Illegal--But Is It Immoral? (SUNY Press 2012) is an ethical/public policy investigation of the current U.S. tax code and winner of a national book award in political science. Prior books include, Opportunity: Optimizing Life's Chances (Prometheus Books 2006); and Dewey and the Behavioristic Context of Ethics. Since 2005 he has co-authored Commerce Clearing House’s Accounting Desk Book (annual editions). Morris has a PhD in philosophy from Southern Illinois, Carbondale and a Master's in Taxation from DePaul University, Chicago. He is currently writing a book on taxation in utopia. It is an investigation of the actual or implicit tax systems operating to support the most prominent utopias including those of Plato, Campanella, Bacon, More, Harrington, Godwin, Owen, Saint-Simone, Wells, Gilman, Huxley, Orwell, Rand, Nozick, and Le Guin.
Awards and Recognition
- ***Silver Award Winner*** 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year in the Political Science Category. “Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention awards were determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers along with Foreword's editorial staff.” **Category Finalist** 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards, presented by Hopewell Publications