Harley Duncan’s primary responsibilities at KPMG include working to establish and improve business relationships with state taxing authorities, assisting clients in working with state tax agencies, and keeping clients and firm members abreast of current developments. In addition, Harley works with the firm’s State Tax Resource Network to strengthen business relationships with state tax agencies.
Prior to joining KPMG in July 2008, Harley spent the previous 20 years as executive director of the Federation of Tax Administrators, the association representing the principal state revenue collection agencies in each of the 50 states, Washington, DC, and New York City. He also served five years as secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue. Prior to that, Harley was the assistant director of the Kansas Division of the Budget. He has held positions with the South Dakota state government, the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, and the National Governors’ Association. Harley received New York University’s Outstanding Achievement in State and Local Taxation Award in December 2006 and was awarded the IRS Commissioner’s Award in June 2008. He was cited as “The Most Influential Person on the Planet in State and Local Tax” by State Tax Notes in 2008.
Harley is the author and coauthor of a number of articles and papers on state and local taxation and public budgeting. He is a frequent speaker at state and local tax conferences and meetings.
Harley has a MPA degree from the University of Texas and a BA degree in political science from South Dakota State University. He is on the advisory boards for NYU and Hartman state and local tax conferences. Harley is also on the State Tax Notes Editorial Advisory Board, the BNA state tax advisory board, and is a member of the National Tax Association.