A partner with Taylor Porter, Mr. McDermott serves as the Chair of the Tax and Estate Planning and Administration practice and has more than 35 years' experience in his primary practice area of taxation, including business and individual income tax, payroll tax, franchise tax, excise tax, ad valorem tax, sales and use tax, and gift and estate tax. He has assisted tax-exempt organizations in making application for, obtaining, and maintaining status under IRC section 501(c). He has represented individuals, business entities, trusts, and estates with controversies before the IRS examinations and appeals, US District Court, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Louisiana Department of Revenue, the Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals, and parish and municipal taxing authorities. He has made applications to the Taxpayer Advocate and has assisted clients in collections, in dealing with tax levies, and in the preparation and presentation of offers-in-compromise, innocent spouse relief, and installment payment arrangements. He has also applied for and obtained private letter rulings.
Mr. McDermott is ranked among Louisiana Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in Tax Law.
In addition to his primary practice of taxation, Mr. McDermott represents and advises clients in the selection, formation, and governance of business entities, including corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships. He represents hospitals and physician practice groups with respect to business and tax matters. He designs and drafts executive compensation packages and non-qualified deferred compensation plans. He also does estate planning and handles successions, probate, and estate administration matters.
In 2017, Mr. McDermott was appointed to chair the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council’s Small Business/Self-Employed and Wage & Investment Subgroup, a chapter of the IRSAC, focusing on small business and individual taxpayer issues. Since January 2015, he has served as a member of the IRSAC, which provides an organized public forum for IRS officials and representatives of the public to discuss key tax administration issues. As an advisory body designed to focus on broad policy matters, the IRSAC reviews existing tax policy and/or recommends policies with respect to emerging tax administration issues. The IRSAC suggests operational improvements, offers constructive observations regarding current or proposed IRS policies, programs, and procedures, and advises the Commissioner with respect to issues having substantive effect on federal tax administration.
Before pursuing the practice of law, Mr. McDermott practiced in the tax department of an international CPA firm for five years in New Orleans and Washington, D.C. Mr. McDermott is a Board Certified Tax Law Specialist, Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization, and he is a certified public accountant. He served on the examination committee for the Tax Law Advisory Commission of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization and is an assistant bar examiner for the Louisiana State Bar Association. He is a former member of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee.
Mr. McDermott is a member of the professional advisory council for both the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and LSU Foundation Planned Giving. He is active meber of the Baton Rouge and Louisiana State Bar Associations, National Lawyers Association, American Health Lawyers Association, Baton Rouge Estate and Business Planning Council, and The Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, he is chairman of the board of governors and a trustee for the Boys and Girls Club of Baton Rouge.