The Tax Accounting Group is under the management and direction of Michael A. Gillen, who has more than 30 years of experience in many facets of federal, state and local income taxation, with particular emphasis on income tax compliance and planning for individuals and businesses. He also devotes his practice to litigation consulting services, including criminal and civil tax controversies, damage measurement, fraud and embezzlement detection, forensic and investigative accounting, legal claims and class action settlement administration, marital disputes, and professional malpractice. He assists numerous lawyers and law firms representing clients in regulatory and transactional matters and throughout various stages of litigation.
Former president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), he was also the first president to serve two consecutive terms during the mandated single term structure which dates back to 1940. The PICPA is a 9,000-member chapter of one of the oldest and largest state CPA societies in the country. Mr. Gillen is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified in Financial Forensics. He is a member of the PICPA, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the national Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the Philadelphia Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners. Mr. Gillen is former co-chair and current member of the PICPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter Committee on Cooperation with the Bar, former chair of the PICPA Committee on Forensic and Litigation Services Conference Sub-Committee, the PICPA Committee on Forensic and Litigation Services, the PICPA Speakers Bureau, the PICPA Committee on Local Taxation and Legislation, former Chair and current member of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter Nominations and Past Presidents Committees, former trustee of the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting and former member of the Mayor's Citizen Advisory Committee for the Township of Washington, New Jersey.
In 2019, he was the recipient of the PICPA Champion CPA Award, an award presented to a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the PICPA who exemplifies the highest qualities of leadership through demonstrated participation, contributions and commitment to the Institute, CPA profession, and community including outstanding community service, extraordinary technical expertise, implementation of innovative projects and initiatives, consistent leadership and participation and meaningful mentoring activities.
Mr. Gillen is a published author and speaker regarding tax and litigation consulting topics and has been featured or quoted in Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Business Journal and The Legal Intelligencer as well as many other publications. He has appeared on and contributed to television and radio programs, including NBC 10 and WWDB Radio and "Mary Talks Money" with Mary Caraccioli on ABC's LiveWellHD network, and was a recurring guest on "Comcast Newsmakers" on CNN Headline News and "Money Matters Today" on CN8, the Comcast Network. He graduated from LaSalle University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
- Quoted, "Democratic Candidates’ Proposed Wealth, Income Taxes: Who Has the Lowest and Highest Tax Plan?" Philadelphia Inquirer, February 3, 2020
Quoted, "A Tax Reform Loophole May Soon Shut For Clients’ Pass-Throughs," Financial Advisor, April 23, 2018
Quoted, "Philly's Super Bowl is Over....Now it’s 2017 Tax Filing Season," Philly.com, February 3, 2018
Quoted, "4 Ways Law Firms Could Game the New Tax Law (But Probably Shouldn’t)," Law.com, January 12, 2018
Quoted, "What Are the Tax Benefits If I Donate Property Through Donor-Advised Funds?," Mansion Global, November 9, 2017
Selected Speaking Engagements
- Speaker, "CARES Act Webinar: Latest Developments and Insights," Duane Morris Institute (DMi), Webinar, April 3, 2020