Phil Pillar is a managing director for Tax Practice Policy & Quality in Grant Thornton's Philadelphia office. Pillar focuses his practice on representing and advising clients in federal, state and international tax issues before tax authorities and courts. He negotiates sophisticated tax problems for clients, including voluntary disclosures, methods of accounting and tax minimization strategies. His cases include precedent-setting decisions in the taxation of many different industries, particularly financial services. He advises investment funds, insurance companies, banks and other lenders on strategies and transactions. He possesses broad experience in federal tax alternative dispute resolution procedures, including mediation and arbitration. For multinational clients, Pillar has experience in transfer pricing matters, tax treaty positions and anti-deferral regime issues. He is also experienced in the fields of reportable transactions compliance and tax transparency, and how tax issues in transactions and structures may be scrutinized.
Prior to joining the firm, Phil was a director of tax controversy and risk management services at Ernst & Young, and a senior litigator in the Office of the Chief Counsel at the IRS.
- Financial services
- Federal tax services
- International tax services
- Tax accounting and risk advisory
- Tax compliance
Professional qualifications and memberships
Villanova Law School, Adjunct Professor
American Bar Association, Chair, Taxation Section Administrative Practice
American College of Tax Counsel, Committee Member
Bar admission — Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Board Member
Philadelphia Arts & Business Counsel
LLM, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
JD, University of Texas School of Law
BA, University of Texas
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