Back in the spring, right around the time the country was going to hell in a handbasket due to the Rona, Deborah Gordon had been wooed by RSM US to leave her job as leader of KPMG’s Federal Excise Tax practice to lead the Excise Tax practice at Really Still McGladrey.
About four months later, on Aug. 19, RSM’s PR team finally made Gordon’s hiring official:
RSM US LLP (RSM), the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services – is pleased to welcome Deborah (Debbie) Gordon as a principal with the firm’s Washington National Tax (WNT) team, where she will lead the firm’s excise tax practice.
Gordon is a nationally recognized thought leader with nearly 20 years of government and private sector experience. Her advisory services include excise tax consulting with IRS controversies for clients in the transportation, industrial products and consumer products industries. She covers a complete range of excise taxes, including manufacturers taxes, retail taxes, air transportation taxes for passengers and property, environmental taxes, foreign insurance excise taxes, wagering excise taxes, Affordable Care Act provisions, communications excise taxes, fuel credits, and the excise taxes administered by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
Prior to joining RSM, Gordon led the excise tax practice in the Washington National Tax office of a Big Four accounting firm. She also worked in the excise tax branch in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Office of Chief Counsel, where she was responsible for published guidance on excise taxes, technical advice to the IRS excise tax agents, and letter rulings to taxpayers. She also served as an attorney advisor to the Honorable Juan F. Vasquez, United States Tax Court.
The first thing I noticed in the press release is how ballsy RSM is getting, proclaiming itself as “the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services.” But I think someone on the PR team just forgot to add “focused on the middle market” at the end of that sentence.
Back to Gordon who definitely has the bona fides to lead RSM’s Excise Tax practice. According to her LinkedIn profile, she joined RSM in April after spending the previous 12 years at KPMG, working her way up from senior manager to managing director and federal excise tax leader in the Washington National Tax office. (You can still find her profile on KPMG’s website.)
Before working in the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Tax Court, Gordon started her career as a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Thomas Boyle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.