Tom West

Principal, Passthroughs Group, Washington National Tax


Tom West, with his extensive experience with corporate, international, and passthrough taxation, advises clients on complex transactions, focusing primarily on the private equity and mergers and acquisitions arenas. 

Tom joined KPMG in March 2019 from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Tax Policy, where he most recently served as Tax Legislative Counsel. At Treasury, where he served since 2014, Tom was responsible for developing and reviewing policy, legislation, regulations, and other published guidance dealing with most aspects of domestic federal tax law, including significant portions of the 2017 federal tax reform legislation. In 2017 (January through June), Tom served as acting Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy. Earlier in his career, he was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he worked on federal tax matters and analyzed complex cross-border investments, acquisitions, and dispositions. He also worked for two other Big Four firms in their transaction tax and Washington national tax groups.

Tom earned a BS degree from Villanova University, a JD degree from Temple University School of Law, and an LLM degree in taxation with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center. 


About KPMG’s Passthroughs Group

The Passthroughs Group is responsible for providing insight to KPMG professionals and clients regarding the federal taxation of partnerships, real estate investment trusts, and S corporations across all major industries.  In addition, the Passthroughs Group advises in specialty areas such as like-kind exchanges, oil and gas, leasing, and excise taxes. Client services include transaction structuring, the issuance of opinions, and requesting private letter rulings. 

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