Former IRS commissioner joins alliantgroup

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The Honorable Mark W. Everson, who served as Commissioner of Internal Revenue from 2003 until 2007, has agreed to serve as vice chairman for alliantgroup, a provider of tax services to small, medium, and large businesses. In the role of Vice Chairman, Everson will advise alliantgroup on strategic, operational, and client service initiatives.

Everson made the following comments in response to today’s announcement:

“I am pleased to be joining alliantgroup, as they provide best-in-class tax services that assist small, medium, and large businesses in claiming incentives set forth by Congress to help American taxpayers. The cornerstone of alliantgroup’s services is its marriage of scientific & engineering expertise and knowledge of the tax code. This foundation allows alliantgroup to help companies meet their tax obligation while at the same time fully capturing incentives created by Congress.

“Many companies do not take advantage of all the tax incentives to which they are entitled. alliantgroup can help. Based on my meetings with alliantgroup personnel and a number of the accounting professionals with whom they work across the country, it is clear the firm has achieved a great deal since its founding and is well positioned for further expansion.”

According to Dhaval Jadav, alliantgroup CEO, “We are always looking for ways to make CPAs’ efforts on behalf of their clients more effective. So, I couldn’t be more pleased that Mark Everson has decided to join us. His service with the IRS and with the OMB gives him unmatched insight into building positive bridges between taxpayers, CPA firms, and the IRS. I know our clients will be delighted that they will be the ultimate beneficiaries of Mark’s experience and perspective.”

Dean Zerbe, former tax counsel and senior counsel to the Senate Finance Committee, who now serves as national managing director for alliantgroup, said, “Mark Everson was widely viewed by many in the Congress as the most effective and capable IRS Commissioner in a generation. Mark brought a renewed energy and commitment to the IRS and took to heart the need to balance service and enforcement. I was always impressed with Mark’s intelligence and insights, even when we were on opposite sides, and am very happy that we are now on the same team working to help alliantgroup’s CPA partners and business clients.”

Everson’s joining alliantgroup as vice chairman is part of a strategy that also included bringing in Zerbe in 2008 as national managing director of the firm’s Washington D.C. office. Zerbe’s prior experience working on the Senate Finance Committee, drafting legislation that helped businesses compete, will be complemented by Everson’s background and experience running the Internal Revenue Service.

According to Shane Frank, COO and co-founder of alliantgroup, “The combination of Zerbe’s legislative experience and Everson’s thorough knowledge of how the IRS works will provide alliantgroup with a depth of knowledge and level of skill and experience that is unparalleled in the industry.”

Prior to joining the IRS as Commissioner, Everson held Bush administration posts as deputy director for management for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management. Everson also served in the Reagan administration, holding several positions at the United States Information Agency and the Department of Justice. In the private sector, Everson served as group vice president of finance at SC International Services, Inc., a $2 billion food services company, and as an executive with the Pechiney Group, one of France’s largest industrial groups.

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