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Tom Smith

Principal, State & Local Tax, Sales Tax Automation National Leader


Executive Summary

Tom is a principal in the firm’s State & Local Tax practice and leads BDO’s Sales Tax Automation team. Tom’s career began as an auditor for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, where he spent over six years performing out-of-state audits. He frequently conducted training classes, performed numerous computerized samples, and was also called upon to testify as an expert witness on several occasions. This foundation with the state gave him special insight as he moved into public accounting.

Tom spent a total of 15 years at several Big Four firms before joining a local Oklahoma firm in 2010. He joined BDO as the partner in charge of Southwest State & Local Tax after BDO acquired his practice in 2014, and now leads a team of over 100 SALT professionals in six offices in Texas and Oklahoma.

In 2018 Tom co-led the creation of BDO’s Sales Tax Automation team and serves as its national leader. This team specializes in analyzing tax processes related to sales and use tax, designing new processes, and implementing automated solutions using custom and third-party software.

Tom is a frequent speaker on the topic of state taxation for LAT Seminars, the Oklahoma Society of CPAs, Vertex, Thomson Reuters and Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies. He also speaks as a subject matter expert at many CPA firms nationwide.

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • B.S., Accounting, Northeastern Oklahoma State University