Robert J. Fields founded his own sales and use tax accounting and purchasing consulting company more than 27 years ago. He is now a principal in the firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has established a large following of major U.S. and international corporations that rely on his creative approaches to sales tax issues, services and management. Fields holds a B.A. from the University of the Pacific and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. He is active in the Institute of Professionals in Taxation (IPT), in which he has earned the designation of Certified Member of the Institute (Sales Tax). He has been an instructor for the IPT at its beginning and intermediate Sales Tax Schools, and is a guest lecturer in a variety of other sales and use tax programs nationally.