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Former BBA Tax Section Co-Chair David Nagle Named to MA Dept of Revenue Advisory Council

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Massachusetts Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter today named 16 people who represent a broad range of taxpayer interests to sit on the agency’s new Advisory Council, including Former Co-Chair of the BBA's Tax Section David Nagle of Sullivan & Worcester. The council, which will hold its first meeting on January 30, is the centerpiece of the Commissioner’s DOR 360 initiative to improve efficiencies at the agency and open new avenues of communication with the communities DOR serves.

The Council will meet three to four times a year and will be expected to tackle such topics as audit practices, customer service and communications for taxpayers and practitioners, new and proposed business practices, DOR guidance on tax matters and concerns or issues that council members bring to the table.

“Our goal in forming the Advisory Council was to bring different perspectives to DOR in changing tax policies and practices to improve the customer experience,” said Commissioner Pitter. “It was really important to us that council membership reflect different groups of taxpayers, especially those DOR doesn’t normally hear from. We are fortunate to have attracted a diverse roster of leaders from different industries.”

To read the full press release, click here.

To see the full list of Advisory Council members, click here.

Tax Committees

  • ERISA Committee
    This committee focuses on tax and labor law relating to qualified and non-qualified employee retirement and welfare benefit plans and executive compensation. Its monthly meetings deal with a range of topics, including benefits and compensation planning techniques and plan design; emerging issues; and federal and state statutory and regulatory changes affecting benefit plans.

    Contact Information

    Christian A. Giorgi

    Putnam Investments

    Amy Sheridan

    Sullivan & Worcester LLP

    (617) 338-2897

  • Federal Tax and Business Transactions Committee
    This committee addresses a range of federal taxation issues, including issues relating to corporate mergers and acquisitions, corporate spin-offs and split-ups, business formations, structuring debt and equity investments, tax-favored investment vehicles (e.g. RICs, REMICs, FASITs and REITs) and other business transactions.

    Contact Information

    Christopher McLoon

    Verrill Dana LLP - ME

    (207) 253-4536

    Patrick J Hannon

    Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.

    (617) 227-3030

  • International Tax Committee
    This committee covers international taxation issues. Treasury and IRS officials periodically are invited to address the committee.

    Contact Information

    Michael Charles Fondo

    Audax Management Company, LLC

    (617) 859-1519

    Laura Thompson

    KPMG, LLP

  • State & Local Tax Committee
    This committee focuses on Massachusetts tax issues and frequently features speakers from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

    Contact Information

    Jason M. Zorfas

    Ernst & Young LLP

    (617) 585-3554

    Scott M. Susko

    McDermott Will & Emery

    (617) 535-3866

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.