Wilmington associate Kaitlin McKenzie-Fiumara has been appointed to the City of Philadelphia’s Tax Review Board by Mayor Michael A. Nutter. Membership of the Tax Review Board is selective — the five board members are appointed by the Mayor for six-year terms — and at least one member must be an accountant and one a lawyer.

The Tax Review Board is the official agency of the City of Philadelphia to which taxpayers may appeal decisions made by the City's Revenue Department concerning their tax liability. Non-tax-related hearings held by the Board are open to the public

The powers and duties of the Board include the following:

  • Reviewing and deciding on appeals for the assessment of taxes for wage earners and businesses, excessive water and sewer charges and license and inspection nuisance abatement fees;
  • Determining appeals filed for the interest and penalties on delinquent taxes;
  • Approving or modifying petitions for refunds and offers in compromise which have been granted by the Revenue Department;
  • Hearing petitions resulting from the denial of refunds by the Revenue Department.

Kaitlin McKenzie-Fiumara focuses her practice on state and local tax consulting and appeals, and escheat/unclaimed property services. She has represented clients in obtaining rulings and resolving disputes, both through negotiation and litigation, with numerous state and local taxing jurisdictions—most notably Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Philadelphia.