The DOR Advisory Council is the centerpiece of the agency’s DOR 360 campaign to expand outreach to DOR customers and embolden citizens and business participation in shaping tax administration. The 16-member Advisory Council will meet with the Commissioner and DOR’s senior management three to four times a year to bring a variety of issues and opinions to the table from the constituents they represent.
Small Business is the Focus of the First Advisory Council Meeting of 2014The first meeting of 2014 for the DOR Advisory Council was held in Chelsea on January 28. The agenda was full and discussion was vigorous. Among the topics discussed was the newly expanded role for the Taxpayer Advocate. More
Meet the DOR Advisory CouncilWarren Bacon is Project Director for the US Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency’s Boston Business Center with a mission to help minority business enterprises grow in sales, size and sophistication and create new jobs.
Barry Beck is a CPA who has been in public practice for more than 30 years representing individuals, partnerships, LLCs, LLPs, corporations and trusts. He is past Chair of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs and served on its Federal Tax Committee.
Tom Crice is a Volunteer Attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC). LITC teams with community groups to train volunteers, provide legal services to income-qualifying clients and screen referrals.
Norma Simons Fitzgerald is Executive Director at Sharon Adult Center and an At-Large Board Member of the Massachusetts Councils on Aging and Senior Center Directors for whom she also serves as Co-chair of the Property Tax Relief Task Force.
David Floreen is Senior Vice President of the Massachusetts Bankers Association, a banking trade group representing commercial, savings and co-operative banks in addition to savings and loans across Massachusetts.
Aileen Gorman is Executive Director of The Commonwealth Institute, a non-profit organization founded to help women entrepreneurs and CEOs build successful and sustainable businesses and, more recently, representing senior corporate women building businesses within larger corporations.
Ramzi Hanania is Tax Director for Partners Healthcare System, Inc. and its affiliates, where he is responsible for all phases of tax compliance and consulting functions for the multi-billion dollar integrated healthcare delivery system.
Richard Jakious is the Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN), a statewide association representing the interests of the entire nonprofit sector. MNN advocates for nearly 500 organizations across the state.
Christopher Kealey is Deputy Director for the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, a non-partisan, member-driven, public policy organization of CEOs and leading executives from some of the state’s largest employers working to strengthen the Commonwealth’s long-term economic vitality.
David Nagle is a partner in the Tax Department of the Boston office of Sullivan & Worcester. He currently serves on the Boston Bar Association’s Tax Section Steering Committee and is a past Co-chair of the BBA’s Tax Section and State & Local Tax Committee.
William Rennie is Vice President, Retailers Association of Massachusetts, where he is responsible for advocating for legislative and regulatory matters that impact the organization’s 3,400 members from the retail, restaurant and service sectors.
Scott G Roberti is Director, State Tax Policy for General Electric Company where he is responsible for state taxes for General Electric’s businesses in all 50 states. In his capacity as Director of the State Tax Policy Group, he has advocated for state tax laws that reflect sound tax policy.
Marilyn Sperling is President and Chief Executive Officer of Greylock Credit Union, a 70,000 member financial institution with $1.1 billion in assets. She also serves as a Board member of the Massachusetts Credit Union League.
Michael Sullivan is Payroll Tax Compliance Analyst for Paychex, Inc., a leading payroll provider serving more than 500,000 businesses, including 36,000 Massachusetts employers. Paychex is a member of the National Payroll Reporting Consortium, which represents over 1.4 million employers.Michael Widmer is President of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an organization that is widely recognized as the state's premier public policy organization dealing with state and local fiscal, tax and economic policies.
Jason Zorfas is Executive Director, Ernst & Young where he has been practicing in the state and local tax areas for more than 20 years. He is an active member of taxation committees.