David serves as partner-in-charge of Beene Garter’s Multi-State Tax Group with over 23 years dedicated to state and local taxation issues. His focus is to provide clients with practical state tax consulting services, predominately in the areas of business structuring, state and local tax controversy, state tax reviews, nexus services and transaction tax analysis. While based in Michigan, David's expertise extends across state borders. David has represented clients' interests in all fifty states and in the District of Columbia on various state and local tax matters.
- Portland State University for Accounting, Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting
- Michigan State University, Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA)
- Michigan Association of CPAs, Tax & Regulatory Committee Chairperson
- Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Tax Committee Member
- Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Tax Committee Member
- Michigan Treasurer’s Committee on Process Improvement, Appointed Member
- Independent State & Local Tax Alliance, Former Chairperson & Current Member
Get to Know David...
What is your favorite business book?
Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain
What is your favorite business quote?
"Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands." - Judge Learned Hand, U.S. Court of Appeals (1935)
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What’s the best piece of professional advice you have received?
If you want to be recognized as a specialist in your area of practice, you have to be willing to invest your own time to become that specialist.
I realized from the jobs I had putting myself through college that I most enjoyed the business aspect of those jobs and the interaction with people. I wanted a career that fit with that realization and accounting was the vehicle for that.
2013 Recipient of the Thomas M. Hoatlin award from the MICPA for efforts in encouraging a mutually beneficial relationship between the MICPA and the Michigan Department of Treasury.