The Steven D. Gold Award was created in 1997 in memory of Steve Gold, who had an exemplary career as an analyst, researcher, and teacher, specializing in issues related to state and local public finance and intergovernmental relations. The award is given annually by the National Tax Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures — all organizations in which he was an active member — with the winner selected by one of the three organizations each year on a rotating basis.
The 2021 Steve Gold Award winner is Joan Youngman. Joan is senior fellow and chair of the Department of Valuation and Taxation at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is an attorney and author of numerous articles and books concerning land and building taxation and valuation. She has undertaken international research and educational work for the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Monetary Fund, and the Harvard Law School International Tax Program. She is the author of A Good Tax (2016), and Legal Issues in Property Valuation and Taxation: Cases and Materials (2006), a co-author of State and Local Taxation: Cases and Materials (10th edition 2014), and co-editor of the books Erosion of the Property Tax Base (2009), Making the Property Tax Work: Experiences in Developing and Transitional Countries (2008), and The Development of Property Taxation in Economies in Transition: Case Studies from Central and Eastern Europe (2001). Joan is a leading expert on property tax and brings legal expertise to the study of the tax. She has devoted her career to illuminating the property tax, explaining the nuances of property tax regressivity, and pointing out areas of disagreement and need for further study.
Joan Youngman’s work will be celebrated and she will accept the Steve Gold Award at the 114th Annual Conference of the National Tax Association in November.