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Jeff Wilks

EY Professor,
Accountancy, School of
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Jeff is the EY Professor at BYU’s School of Accountancy. Since 2000, he has taught financial reporting and technical research on topics including revenue recognition, variable-interest entities, financial instruments, and fair-value measurement.

From 2006 to 2009, Jeff was an academic fellow at the FASB and a technical consultant to the IASB. He managed the revenue recognition project, co-authored over 50 research memos, and led board deliberations on these memos. He also co-authored the 2008 FASB/IASB Discussion Paper on Revenue Recognition, which formed the foundation of the new international standard effective in 2018.

Jeff has served as a technical advisor to Connor Group, which provides GAAP review and SEC reporting guidance to firms preparing for IPO. He has advised clients on matters such as revenue recognition for digital goods, residential solar leasing arrangements, and pharmaceutical licensing and milestone arrangements. He has also served as a consulting expert for the Securities and Exchange Commission and various public companies. Jeff served as a member of the FASB’s Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council from 2014-2017 and the AICPA’s Revenue Recognition Task Force from 2016-2017. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at the Hale Center Foundation for Arts and Education and is a member of Deloitte’s Center for Controllership. Jeff is also a member of the National Assoc. of Corporate Directors (NACD) Utah Board.

Jeff’s research examines financial reporting policies, revenue recognition, fair-value measurements, and fraud detection. He has published in The Accounting Review; Review of Accounting Studies; Contemporary Accounting Research; Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory; and Management Science. Jeff is an associate editor at Accounting Horizons and he is the founder of RevenueHub, which has published over 80 articles on ASC Topic 606, Revenue Recognition, and has over 15,000 monthly readers.


  • Ph.D., Accounting, Cornell University, 2000
  • M.S., Accounting, Cornell University, 1999
  • B.S., Accounting, Brigham Young University, 1995

Group Affiliations

  • Financial Executives International — 2018
  • National Association of Corporate Directors — 2018

Selected Publications

  • "The effects of out-of-regime guidance on auditor judgments about appropriate application of accounting standards", Contemporary Accounting Research, 2017
  • "A Synthesis of Three Commentaries on Measurement and Performance Reporting", Accounting Horizons, Volume 30, Issue 4, American Accounting Association, Saratoga Springs, Florida, 2016
  • "The earnings quality and information processing effects of accounting consistency", The Accounting Review, Volume 90, Issue 6, Pages 2483-2514, American Accounting Association, Sarasota, Florida, Charles M.C. Lee, 2015
  • "Accounting faculty experiences with practice-oriented fellowships", Accounting Horizons, Volume 27, Issue 2, Pages 229-247, American Accounting Association, Saratoga Springs, Florida, Dana Hermanson and Terry Shevlin, 2013
  • "Using Professional Judgment in Auditing: McGladrey’s Framework", McGladrey, 2012
  • "Accounting for lease renewal options: The informational effects of unit of account choices", The Accounting Review, Volume 87, Issue 1, American Accounting Association, Sarasota, Florida, Steve Kachelmeier, 2012
  • "A Perspective on the Joint IASB/FASB Exposure Draft on Accounting for Leases", Accounting Horizons, Volume 25, Issue 4, Pages 861-871, American Accounting Association, Sarasota, Florida, Dana R. Hermanson and Terry Shevlin, 2011
  • "The Impact of Audit Penalty Distributions on the Detection and Frequency of Fraudulent Reporting", Review of Accounting Studies, Volume 16, Issue 4, Pages 843-865, 2011
  • "Reconsidering Revenue Recognition", Accounting Horizons, Volume 23, Pages 55-68, American Accounting Association, Saratoga, Florida, 2009
  • "Preliminary Views on Revenue Recognition in Contracts with Customers", Preliminary Views on Revenue Recognition in Contracts with Customers, IASB and FASB, London, U.K., and Norwalk, CT, 2008
  • "Why Do Auditors Over-rely on Weak Analytical Procedures? The Role of Outcome and Precision", Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Volume 25, American Accounting Association, 2006
  • "Auditing Fair Value Measurements: A Synthesis of Relevant Research", Accounting Horizons, Volume 20, Pages 287-303, American Accounting Association, Saratoga, Florida, 2006
  • "Decomposition of Fraud Risk Assessments and Auditors' Sensitivity to Fraud Cues", Contemporary Accounting Research, Volume 21, Pages 719-745, 2004
  • "Using Game Theory and Strategic Reasoning Concepts to Prevent and Detect Fraud", Accounting Horizons, Volume 18, Pages 173-184, 2004
  • "Predecisional distortion of evidence as a consequence of real-time audit review.", The Accounting Review, Volume 77, Pages 51-71, 2002
  • "Disclosure effects in the laboratory: Liquidity, depth, and the cost of capital", The Accounting Review, Volume 75, Pages 13-41, 2000
  • "Predecisional distortion of information by auditors and salespersons", Management Science, Volume 46, Pages 13-27, 2000



  • Academic Advisor / Technical Consultant, International Accounting Standards Board, 2008–2009
  • Project Manager - Revenue Recognition, Financial Accounting Standards Board, 2006–2008


  • 2017 Marriott School Outstanding Citizenship Award, BYU Marriott School, 2017
  • 2016 Outstanding Educator Award, Utah Assoc. of CPAs (UACPA), 2016
  • EY Professorship, EY, 2013
  • 2011 Marriott School Outstanding Teaching Award, BYU Marriott School, 2011
  • Kristine V. Vest Fellowship, Marriott School, 2003
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, Auditing Section, American Accounting Association, 2002
  • Doctoral Fellowship Award, Deloitte & Touche Foundation, 1998


  • Spanish