Our Spotlight series highlights the careers and lives of tax professionals across the globe. This week’s spotlight is on Tifphani White-King, the U.S. National Tax Practice Leader for Mazars in the U.S. and a member of the Mazars Global Tax Leadership Team.
Her responsibilities include creating a shared vision, setting strategic direction, and driving marketplace growth for tax.
What’s your official title and what does it mean? I wear a few hats as partner, National Tax Practice Leader for Mazars U.S.A., and member of the Mazars Global Tax Board. In these roles, I am essentially part of the team responsible for growth and strategy within our tax practice.
Free time: Book, audiobook, or podcast? For business, my head is buried in Treasury’s recently released Green Book at the moment. I also spend a lot of time reading with my 15 month-old son. We are actual page-turners and love the feel of hard copy books in hand. In fact, he’s started a kids’ book club—an Instagram with photos of his weekly reads—to share his favorites with other kids and their families.
Tax is a huge subject. What’s your area of special interest? International tax.
What’s the last movie or show that you watched and loved (DVD, Netflix, or in the theater)? I listen to the world news every morning. I am also a lover of jazz, so that typically plays quietly in the background daily, whether in the office or at home. My husband and I do get a little family screen time together with our son in the evenings. Our son loves different kid’s programs from around the world. His favorite right now is Pocoyo, a Spanish cartoon about a curious little boy that loves to play and explore with his friends.
What college did you attend and what did you study? I received my Bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University in dance and philosophy-economics, I received my Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from St. John’s University School of Law, and I received my Master of Laws (L.L.M.) from King’s College of London Dickson Poon School of Law.
Go to pick-me-up: Coffee or tea? Chai—and it’s a bit of an obsession. I especially love a good cup in the afternoon—with a sweet!
What’s the best tax or financial advice that anyone ever gave you? If you perform well on your job, then you will get raises and bonuses. Just because you get them does not mean you have to spend them. In fact, do just the opposite and try to live on your compensation pre-raise and bonus. Save, Save, Save!
If you weren’t working in the tax profession, what would your dream job be? A modern dancer. I studied dance from the age of three and always dreamed of traveling the world through theater. Today, I travel the world through tax; and happily get to visit the world’s theaters in my free time.
If you had the opportunity to make one change in the tax code—an extra credit, a disallowed deduction, whatever—what would it be? There was a great session recently by the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance titled “Combating Inequality: The Tax Code and Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities.” I would encourage every country to do a study on their tax code to ensure that its provisions are truly equitable and fair for all.
Favorite food, snack, or candy during tax season (or other busy time)? I exhibit little willpower if you put cake in front of me. But not just any piece of cake—it must be a quality, buttery, homemade slice of goodness with the right cake-to-frosting ratio!
What tax news or move made the most impact on your practice or clients this past year? The tax rate is on the minds of my clients, and not just the domestic tax rate but the effective tax rate once you overlay foreign taxes and the many international tax provisions of the code. Especially hot topics right now include digital taxes and the global corporate minimum tax and its impact on client facts and circumstances.
If Uncle Sam handed you a big tax refund check right now, what would you do with it? It would be great if a child’s education were free. Until that happens, I would use my refund to help as many kids as possible achieve their educational dreams at all levels.
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