Deborah Gordon

Managing Director and Co-Leader, Federal Excise Tax Group


Deborah Gordon provides advisory services that include excise tax consulting and IRS excise tax controversies, covering a wide range of excise taxes, including manufacturers taxes (e.g., taxable fuel, tires, and medical devices ), air transportation taxes, environmental taxes (e.g., ozone-depleting chemicals, oil spills, and superfund), retail taxes (e.g., alternative fuel, and heavy trucks and trailers), foreign insurance tax, alcohol, biodiesel, and alternative fuel credits as well as the excise taxes administered by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Trade Bureau (e.g., spirits, wine, beer, tobacco, and firearms).

Prior to joining KPMG in April 2008, Deborah was a senior attorney in the Excise Tax Branch of the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. Before joining the Office of Chief Counsel, she served as an attorney-advisor to the Honorable Juan F. Vasquez, United States Tax Court. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable E. Thomas Boyle, United States Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of New York. At the IRS, Deborah was responsible for IRS published guidance on excise taxes (revenue rulings, revenue procedures, etc.), technical advice to IRS excise tax agents, and letter rulings to taxpayers. She also worked closely with the Treasury Department in developing regulations and legislation in the excise tax area, and with the Justice Department in developing the government’s litigation positions. Deborah served as the Chair of the American Bar Association Tax Section’s Energy and Environmental Taxes Committee from 2011-2013.

Deborah holds a JD degree, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an LLM degree in taxation from New York University.

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