Thomas A. Smith
CPA - State & Local Tax Partner | BDO
Tom's career began as an auditor for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in 1990. There, he spent over six years performing out of state audits. He frequently conducted training classes and performed numerous computerized samples. He was also called upon to testify as an expert witness on several occasions. This foundation with the state gave him special insight as his career moved into public accounting. Tom spent a total of 15 years at several Big Four firms before joining a local firm in Oklahoma in 2010.
Tom is known for his expertise in tax controversy, and has also recovered millions for his clients through reverse audits. He has had vast experience managing taxability research projects and regularly works on due diligence projects both pre and post-acquisition. Tom is well known in Nashville Tennessee, where he developed a significant expertise in the healthcare industry. He also has extensive experience in the energy industry as well, servicing clients in both Oklahoma and Texas.
Tom is a frequent speaker on the topic of state taxation for Lorman Seminars, LAT Seminars, the OSCPA, and Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies. Tom also speaks at many CPA firms nationally, as a subject matter expert for their year-end update events.
Tom joined BDO in 2014 as the partner in charge of the Southwest State and Local Tax practice. Although he calls Tulsa home, he leads a team of over 30 professionals in Tulsa, Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth.
Mr. Smith holds a B.A. from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.