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Meet the Tax Freedom Institute Advisory Board

Daniel J. Pilla

Daniel J. Pilla

Dan is a Tax Litigation Consultant admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court. Dan is the founder and executive director of the Tax Freedom Institute. Dan has thirty years experience in dealing with the IRS at every level.

Donald W. MacPherson

Donald W. “Mac” MacPherson

Mac is a practicing attorney from Phoenix, Arizona, board certified in both criminal law and tax law. Mac is a trial and appellate attorney with nearly thirty years experience in criminal and civil IRS defense work. He and Dan have worked together nearly all of that time.

Mac is a West Point graduate and former Green Beret officer. He is the only attorney in the country board certified as a specialist in both criminal law and tax law. He’s tried over fifty-five criminal tax cases in twenty-four states. He’s written three books and dozens of scholarly articles on the IRS, federal court procedure and bankruptcy procedure.

Mac earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering Science from West Point in 1967; a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Utah State University in 1973; and his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 1977.

Mac is a charter Consulting Member of the Tax Freedom Institute and has been on the Advisory Board from the inception.

Mitchell Gerstein

Mitchell Gerstein

Mitch is a Certified Public Accountant from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a Tax Principal with the national accounting firm of LarsonAllen. Mitch has more than twenty-one years of public accounting experience specializing in all areas of tax planning, research, and compliance. Mitch develops, communicates, and implements innovative strategies that minimize the overall effect of income, estate and gift taxes and evaluates tax alternatives and consequences of transactions and business decisions. He provides tax compliance and planning consultation to a wide range of businesses from small, closely-held companies to SEC reporting companies.

Mitch earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He earned a Masters of Science degree in Taxation with highest honors from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. He holds designations as a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and a Personal Financial Specialist.

Mitch is a charter Consulting Member of TFI and has been working with Dan since 1993. He’s been on the Advisory Board since 1996.

Paul R. Tom

Paul R. Tom

Paul is a practicing attorney from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He’s admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and United States Bankruptcy Court. He’s litigated more than one hundred federal tax cases in the United States Tax Court and more than one thousand bankruptcy cases, more than half of which included the IRS as a major creditor.

Paul has taught accredited seminars to attorneys, accountants, enrolled agents and other tax professionals on various topics, including bankruptcy discharge of tax debts, innocent spouse issues, dealing with IRS substitute for returns, how to use the IRS’s audit reconsideration process and practice and procedure before the IRS and the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

Paul earned his law degree in 1980 from the University of Arkansas and became admitted to practice in Arkansas that same year. He received a Master of Laws in Taxation in 1981 from the University of Florida and in 1982, became admitted to practice in Oklahoma, where he lives and works today.

Paul is a charter Consulting Member of TFI and has been working with Dan since 1993. He was named to the Advisory Board in 2001.

Thomas L. Iliff

Thomas L. Iliff, In Memorium

Tom was an attorney based in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He was admitted to practice in the State of Minnesota, the State of Arizona and the United States Tax Court. Tom and Dan began working together in 1979 when they teamed up to defend a client charged with criminal failure to file tax returns. Together, they helped hundreds of people throughout the upper Midwest solve IRS tax problems of every description, including working on approximately a dozen criminal prosecutions. They began sharing offices in 1994 and worked side-by-side for seven years until Tom passed unexpectedly on November 8, 2000.

Tom earned a Bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1970. He then graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1974. After becoming a member of the Minnesota Bar, Tom established a private law practice in Bloomington, Minnesota and later in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, where he worked with Dan for years.

Tom was a charter Consulting Member of TFI and member of the Advisory Board from its inception until his passing in 2000. His friendship and counsel are greatly missed.


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