Hank Gutman, Principal, Director of the Tax Governance Institute, KPMG LLP

Hank Gutman

Harry L. (Hank) Gutman, a former chief of staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation, heads the Federal Tax Legislative and Regulatory Services (LRS) group at Washington National Tax and is the director of the KPMG Tax Governance Institute. Under Hank’s leadership, the LRS practice provides clients with timely notification about breaking developments in tax legislation or federal tax regulations; coordinates the early identification of relevant client issues concerning proposed and pending legislation, regulations, rulings, and other administrative pronouncements; helps clients prioritize their responses to proposed legislation and regulations; provides insight and advice to clients in anticipation of possible legislative or regulatory changes and the potential impact of such changes on client tax planning; represents clients, assisting them to present their positions in the legislative and regulatory process; and conducts “roundtable” briefings and discussions.

As Joint Committee Chief of Staff from 1991 through 1993, Hank was the primary nonpartisan adviser to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees concerning the technical, economic and revenue aspects of tax legislation. Hank also served as deputy tax legislative counsel in the Treasury Department Office of Tax Policy. Throughout his career, Hank has counseled major multinational corporations on various implications of tax legislative change. He represented clients in legislative and administrative matters before the Congress, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service. Before joining KPMG, Hank was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of King & Spalding.

Hank received his undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, a BA degree in Jurisprudence from University College, Oxford University, and his LLB degree from Harvard Law School.