No Tax Pledger Grover Norquist is Tax Man of the Year

No Tax Pledger Grover Norquist is Tax Man of the Year

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From Paul Caron:

Year in Review: The 2011 Person of the Year, 134 Tax Notes 7 (Jan. 3, 2012):

The dire state of tax politics became woefully evident in 2011,  as fragile optimism about the possibility of tax reform bumped into the  harsh reality of political intransigence. Democrats and Republicans each  complained about the other’s refusal to budge on tax policy, but a  common belief is that one man is at the apex of political  decision-making on taxes: Grover Norquist. Whether he is a radical  obstructionist or a principled hero depends on whom you ask. Regardless  of our readers’ perspective, Norquist’s prominence has earned him the  distinction of Tax Notes‘ 2011 Person of the Year.

An avowed zealot of cutting taxes, Norquist was a lightning  rod in 2011 for politicians and the media. If Warren Buffett was a  symbol of progressive tax idealism, Norquist became the public face of  “hell no” tax reductionism.

The other nominees for Tax Person of the Year:

  • Dave Camp (Chair, House Ways & Means Committee)
  • James S. Eustice (In Memoriam) (Professor, NYU; Partner, Cooley)
  • Laurie M. Hatten-Boyd (Principal, KPMG’s Information Reporting Practice)
  • Claudia Hill (Editor, CCH Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure; Coordinator, IRS Watch blog)
  • Charles J. “Chad” Muller (Chair, Office of Professional Responsibility, IRS Advisory Council)
  • Jeffrey Owens (Director, OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration)
  • Carlton M. Smith (Director, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Tax Clinic)
  • Victor Song (Chief, IRS Criminal Investigation Division)
  • Jay Starkman (Author, The Sex of a Hippopotamus: A Unique History of Taxes and Accounting)

It’s hard to argue with this choice. Mr. Norquist’s entire existence revolves around taxes. Kinda makes me feel well-rounded.

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Peter is a tax attorney and certified public acccountant with over 20 years experience helping taxpayers resolve their IRS and state tax problems.

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He is a member of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Bar Association and The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court, the United States Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts - Middle District of Florida

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