Biographies for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) Members
Shaun Barry - Mr. Barry is a Principal in the Fraud & Security Intelligence practice at SAS Institute. He lives and works in Rockville Centre, New York and is responsible for developing and implementing technology solutions that give government leaders the power to identify and manage tax compliance, fraud, and improper payments issues. Mr. Barry has 20 years of experience in working with government clients throughout the US, Canada, South America, Europe, and Asia to foster innovative and efficient operations through technology. He specializes in tax/revenue, healthcare, motor vehicle, and fraud/improper payments domains. Previously, Mr. Barry worked for the Ohio Department of Taxation, where he served as the Assistant to Tax Commissioner Roger W. Tracy. Mr. Barry earned a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University.
Timothy Blevins - Mr. Blevins is an executive consultant with CGI’s Tax, Revenue, and Collections Center of Excellence (CoE) and is from Mayetta, Kan. He is responsible for providing expertise to clients to enhance their tax operations and collections management systems. Mr. Blevins serves as a business and technical solutions architect for the design of integrated tax solutions. He also helps in the development of State Medicaid Management System solutions. Mr. Blevins has over 30 years of experience in the implementation, management, and modernization efforts of government information technology solutions with the Kansas Departments of Transportation, Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS), and Revenue which includes the Divisions of Taxation, Property Valuation, Motor Vehicles, and Alcohol and Beverage Control. He was CIO for Kansas SRS for five years and the Kansas Department of Revenue for 11 years. Further, Mr. Blevins has a strong background in information system management security aspects of tax administration and tax software. He earned a B.A. in Management Information Systems from Washburn University and is a former Co-Chair of the Federation of Tax Administrators-Internal Revenue Service Tactical Advisory Group (FTA-IRS TAG).
Jim Buttonow - Mr. Buttonow of Greensboro, N.C., is a certified public accountant and vice president of product development for Beyond415 software products. He designs and develops post-filing technology solutions for tax professionals. For 19 years, Mr. Buttonow worked at the IRS, serving as a large case team audit coordinator for 15 years. Since 2006, Mr. Buttonow has been in private practice and software development. He also writes numerous articles, develops and presents CPE series on IRS practice and procedure, and regularly speaks on compliance trends and post-filing practice efficiency strategies for CPA and accounting firms. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of South Florida.
Mark Castro - Mr. Castro, CPA, is the Government/Industry Liaison for Petz Enterprises, Inc. from Woodinville WA. He is responsible for working with the State tax agencies and IRS to help improve electronic filing and gather the most up-to-date state and federal tax information for the company. Mr. Castro while working in the tax software industry has been involved in all areas of electronic filing including development, testing and customer support. Mr. Castro earned a BS in Business Administration (Accounting) from California State University, Northridge. He also serves on the board of the Council of Electronic Revenue Communication Advancement (CERCA) and as the Electronic Filing Committee Chairperson of the National Association of Computerized Tax Processors (NACTP).
Cyrus Daftary - Mr. Daftary, JD, LL.M., is the ETAAC Chairman and a partner with Burt, Staples & Maner, LLP from Newton, Mass. He is responsible for consulting with multi-national corporations and financial institutions on their compliance in the IRS tax withholding and information return reporting rules. Mr. Daftary assists clients in obtaining a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) from the IRS for the electronic W-8 software application. His experience includes developing and implementing tax software solutions for withholding and information return reporting, representing clients before the IRS under Form 1042 audits and Form 1042 voluntary disclosures, and designing an online course “Cyberlaw: Legal Research, Issues and Practice in Cyberspace.” Mr. Daftary earned a B.A. in Economics from Indiana University, a Juris Doctorate from University of Dayton School of Law, and an LL.M. from Temple University in Tax.
Everard Lee Davenport - Mr. Davenport is Principal at Davenport Consulting and is based in Washington, D.C. He works with nonprofit organizations, corporations, government agencies and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites to create and deliver free income tax, financial empowerment and digital learning programs to underserved communities. Mr. Davenport has expertise in multi-partner program development, implementation and communications strategies, and is the architect of MyFreeTaxes.com. Recently, he served as Vice President, Programs at One Economy Corporation. Prior to that he managed the nation’s largest free low-income tax preparation network at the Food Bank of New York City. Mr. Davenport has a B.A. in Psychology from University of Texas at Austin and a M.S. in Urban Policy/Nonprofit Management from the New School in New York City.
Steve Lewis - Mr. Lewis, EA, is the director of Online Tax Preparation and Interactive & Social Media for Jackson Hewitt Tax Services from Sarasota, Fla. He has over 15 years of experience in the tax industry and is responsible for the overall delivery of online tax solutions. Mr. Lewis oversees the development of the public website, mobile applications, and online tax software. He establishes processes and procedures for operational implementation of interactive and social media. Mr. Lewis earned his BS in Accounting and his MBA in Finance both from Northeastern University. He is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents and the National Association of Tax Professionals.
Mimi Nolan - Ms. Nolan is the director, Tax Forms Management with H&R Block from Parkville, Mo. She oversees the centralized process of procurement, distribution, and interpretation of all tax regulatory changes, as well as tests tax law changes for regulatory accuracy across products. She is responsible for a team that procures tax documents, monitors and analyzes changes to the federal and state income tax forms, publications, instructions, and tax notices. Ms. Nolan has directed system, product design and implementation of digital tax preparation solutions. Her experience also includes electronic filing and tax software development, tax forms management, quality assurance in systems development, and tax preparation. Ms. Nolan earned a B.S. in Computer Based Information Systems from Park University and an MBA from University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a member representative to National Association of Computerized Tax Processors (NATCP), and serves as Chairperson of the Government Liaison Committee.
Timur Taluy - Mr. Taluy is chief executive officer, and a founder of FileYourTaxes.com from Oxnard, Calif. He serves as the lead technical architect for the firm; responsible for the development of the user interface, the secure external interfaces, and high availability platform. He manages the development and enforcement of internal policies and controls regarding safeguarding, development, and testing of tax return and other data processing systems. Mr. Taluy oversees the process contributing to the reliability and accuracy of the final tax product. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Mr. Taluy is a member of CERCA and NACTP.
Troy Thibodeau - Mr. Thibodeau is executive vice president of marketing, product and client operations for Convey Compliance Systems, Inc., from Minneapolis, MN. He works with industry filers of information returns. He is a former CPA with Price Waterhouse Coopers and has over 20 years of experience within the technology and finance industries. Mr. Thibodeau monitors federal and state regulatory rules, establishes technical direction of software development, and delivers operational and technical support to financial service and business firms around their tax information reporting responsibilities. Certification includes Six Sigma, Green Belt. Mr. Thibodeau earned a B.S. in Accounting and International Business from University of Indiana and an MBA in Strategy and Marketing from the University of Minnesota.
Blair Whitworth - Mr. Whitworth is the president of PRO-TAX, the Tax University, and Tax Business Management from Charlottesville, VA. His companies provide tax preparation services in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, online tax training, and management software for independent tax businesses. Along with his leadership roles Mr. Whitworth is responsible for business development and technology strategy. He earned a BA from the University of North Carolina, a MA from the University of Virginia, and a MBA from the College of William & Mary.