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Stephen M. Clarke Joins Exempt Organizations Tax Practice of Ernst & Young LLP from IRS

Washington, 7 April 2014

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Ernst & Young LLP announced today that Stephen M. Clarke, former tax law specialist, project manager, and guidance group manager with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Exempt Organizations division, has joined the Washington, DC office as an Executive Director in the firm’s Exempt Organization (EO) Tax Services practice. At the IRS, Clarke served as the project manager for the 2008 redesign of Form 990, the information return filed annually by charities and other exempt organizations.

Clarke will work with clients nationally on Form 990 reporting and compliance, as well as tax advisory support in various areas, such as compliance with the Affordable Care Act requirements for tax-exempt hospitals, exemption applications, and private letter rulings. He will also serve as EO Market Leader for the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area for Ernst & Young LLP.

“We are pleased to have Steve join our EO practice, perhaps the largest focused practice of exempt organization tax professionals in the US, providing a comprehensive array of tax services to the not-for-profit sector," said Scott Donaldson, National Director of the Ernst & Young LLP Exempt Organizations Tax practice. “With the increased scrutiny and regulation of the EO sector in recent years, many of our clients have told us they need more than just tax compliance services. Steve’s experience enables us to provide our clients with increased insight and advice on working with the IRS and other governmental agencies."

Prior to joining the IRS in 2005, Clarke worked as an attorney with Gammon & Grange, P.C., a law firm in northern Virginia, where he served tax-exempt organizations, radio broadcasters, trust and estate clients, and other clients since 1996.

Throughout his career, Clarke has worked with nonprofit organizations, helping them to understand and comply with tax and other regulatory requirements while also helping them to meet their charitable goals. He has served as Board Chair of Good Samaritan Advocates since 2004.

Steve earned his BA degree from Wheaton College in Illinois and his JD from the College of William and Mary School of Law. He is an active member of the Virginia bar.

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