Professional and Industry Experience
As Joint Committee Chief of Staff from 1991 through 1993, Mr. Gutman was the primary nonpartisan advisor to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees concerning the technical, economic and revenue aspects of tax legislation. Mr. Gutman also served as Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel in the Treasury Department Office of Tax Policy. Throughout his career, Mr. Gutman has counseled major multinational corporations on various implications of tax legislative change. He represented clients in legislative and administrative matters before the Congress, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service. Before joining KPMG, Mr. Gutman was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of King & Spalding.
Function and Specialization
Harry L. Gutman, a former chief of staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation, heads the Federal Tax Legislative and Regulatory Services (LRS) group at Washington National Tax and is the Director of the KPMG Tax Governance Institute (TGI). Under Mr. Gutmans leadership, the LRS practice gives clients immediate notification about breaking developments in tax legislation or federal tax regulations; coordinates the early identification of specific client issues concerning legislation, regulations, rulings, and other administrative pronouncements; helps clients prioritize their responses to proposed legislation and regulations; provides insight and advice to clients in anticipation of possible legislative or regulatory changes and the impact of such changes on client tax planning techniques; represents clients in the legislative and regulatory process; manages the formation of industry coalitions; and conducts roundtable briefings and discussions. The TGI provides a forum for board members, corporate management, stakeholders, and government representatives to explore and debate aspects of tax oversight and management, including tax risk, control and reporting.