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Harley T. Duncan

Mr. Duncan currently serves as the State and Local Tax (SALT) leader for Washington National Tax (WNT).  Aside from his role as WNT-SALT leader, his primary responsibilities at KPMG include improving relationships with state taxing authorities, assisting clients in working with state tax agencies, keeping clients and firm members abreast of current developments and aiding the firm’s resource network. He specializes in assisting clients to resolve controversies with state tax agencies.

Prior to moving to KPMG in July 2008, Mr. Duncan 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, D.C., and New York City.  He also served five years as Secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue.  Prior to that, he was the Assistant Director of the Kansas Division of the Budget.  He has held positions with South Dakota state government, the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and the National Governors' Association.  Mr. Duncan 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.

Mr. Duncan is the author and co-author of a number of articles and papers on state and local taxation and public budgeting. He has recently published several articles on VAT and the coordination of a VAT with state and local sales taxes. His most recent work includes a paper developed for the American Tax Policy Institute on “Administrative Issues from the Adoption of a Federal VAT in Addition to Existing Federal and State Taxes” and a study entitled “Administration of State and Local Taxes on the Sale and Distribution of Beer” for the National Beer Wholesalers Association. He is also a frequent speaker at state and local tax conferences and meetings.