Professor Emeritus of Accountancy at the University of Illinois Springfield, 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, Taxation in Utopia: Required Sacrifice and the General Welfare is forthcoming from SUNY Press Sept. 1, 2020. This book addresses utopian political philosophy and its ethical underpinnings from the neglected perspective of taxation, defined in its broadest terms. Prior books include, Tax Cheating: Illegal--But Is It Immoral? (SUNY Press 2012). It is an ethical/public policy investigation of the current U.S. tax code and winner of a national book award in political science. Opportunity: Optimizing Life's Chances (Prometheus Books 2006); and Dewey and the Behavioristic Context of Ethics. From 2005–2016 he 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.
Awards and Recognition
- Tax Cheating: Illegal--But Is It Immoral? ***Silver Award Winner*** 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year in the Political Science Category. **Category Finalist** 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards, presented by Hopewell Publications