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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.

 Steve Klitzner Attorney

Steven N. Klitzner

Steve is an attorney from Miami, FL. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1979 with a Juris Doctorate degree and was admitted to the Florida Bar that same year. He is presently admitted to the United States Supreme Court, United States Tax Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He is a member of the Florida Bar Association, American Bar Association, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and Association of Trial Lawyers of America. 

Steve is a Consulting Member of TFI and has been since 2003. He was added to our Advisory Board in 2016. He is a frequent contributor to the Pilla Talks Taxes newsletter and is a regular speaker at our annual Taxpayers Defense Conference. Along with his great insights and experience in tax resolution issues, Steve brings a wonderful sense of humor to all his presentations.

Patricia Gentile Attorney CPA

Patricia L. Gentile

Pattie is a CPA and attorney from Boston, MA. Pattie has over 30 years of experience in dealing with individuals and small businesses in tax compliance and problems resolution issues. She specializes in taxpayer defense, taxpayers’ rights and IRS problems resolution cases. She does tax return preparation for hundreds of individuals and small businesses every year.

She is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, the Bar of the United States Tax Court, and the U.S. District Court. She is a charter Consulting Member of the Tax Freedom Institute. Her only break from the organization since her membership began in 1994 was to take time off to go to law school. She is a past presenter at our annual Taxpayers Defense Conference and regular contributor to our daily e-mail exchanges.

Paul Tom Tax Attorney web

Paul R. Tom, In Memorium

Paul was a practicing attorney from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and United States Bankruptcy Court. He litigated more than three hundred federal tax cases in the United States Tax Court and more than two thousand bankruptcy cases, more than half of which included the IRS as a major creditor.
Paul earned his law degree in 1980 from the University of Arkansas and was 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, was admitted to practice in Oklahoma, where he lived and worked until his passing.
Paul taught accredited seminars to attorneys, accountants, enrolled agents and other tax professionals on various topics. He was a frequent contributor to Pilla Talks Taxes, a favorite speaker at our annual Taxpayers Defense Conference, and provided insight and guidance to Dan for his various writing projects.
Paul was a charter Consulting Member of TFI and worked with Dan since 1993. He was named to the Advisory Board in 2001 where he worked to improve TFI in many ways. He passed December 31, 2017.
Paul was an irreplaceable friend and colleague. 

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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