Scott Smith

Scott Smith

State & Local Tax National Technical Practice Leader


BDO Nashville Office



Executive Summary

Scott Smith is national technical leader of BDO’s State & Local Tax (SALT) practice. In this role, he helps set BDO's policies and positions on technical SALT issues, as well as thought leadership, brand visibility, training, and risk management. With more than 25 years of experience, Scott’s SALT practice is national in scope and focused on multistate tax consulting, representation of clients in SALT controversies, and multistate tax planning. His SALT experience includes being an assistant counsel on the Multistate Tax Commission’s legal staff, a partner in a Big Four firm’s Washington National Tax Practice, and private legal practice. 

Scott has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing and distribution, healthcare, software and technology, media, real estate, and financial services.

He is the author of over 30 SALT-related articles and is a regular speaker on SALT topics and issues of interest to the business community, including before the Council on State Taxation, Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators, Tax Executives Institute, Georgetown University State and Local Tax Conference, American Bar Association Tax Section, and New York University Institute on State and Local Taxation.

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Bloomberg BNA, State Tax Advisory Board
District of Columbia Bar
Ohio State Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Tax Committee


J.D., University of Toledo College of Law
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
B.A., University of Mount Union