Area of Focus
Excise tax consulting Business tax

Deborah Gordon

Area of Focus
Excise tax consulting Business tax

About Debbie

Debbie Gordon is a principal and leader of the Washington National Tax excise and energy tax practice for RSM US LLP. She is a nationally recognized professional with nearly 20 years of government and private sector experience advising clients in the energy, transportation and manufacturing industries.


A licensed attorney with a Master of Laws in taxation, Debbie provides advisory services to clients, including tax consulting and assistance with Internal Revenue Service controversies. Debbie’s extensive knowledge covers a complete range of excise taxes, including manufacturer taxes (e.g., petroleum products and motor fuel, tires, sporting goods, firearms, ammunition), retail taxes (e.g., alternative fuels, heavy trucks and trailers) and environmental taxes, as well as the excise taxes administered by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Debbie also advises clients on tax credits from renewable resources such as wind, solar, and combined heat and power cogeneration and geothermal, as well as carbon capture and sequestration. With her extensive excise and green energy experience, Debbie evaluates each client’s green energy investments and business operations to help them solve complex tax challenges.  

Prior to joining RSM, Debbie led the excise tax practice in the Washington National Tax office of a Big Four accounting firm. Debbie also worked in the excise tax branch in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, where she was responsible for published guidance on excise taxes, technical advice to IRS excise tax agents and letter rulings to taxpayers. Debbie is the principal author of Treasury-published guidance on excise taxes, including rules related to fuel taxation and credits. Prior to joining the IRS, Debbie served as an attorney-advisor to the Honorable Juan F. Vasquez, United States Tax Court. 

Debbie’s thought leadership has been published in the tax press, including Tax Notes, Daily Tax Report, AICPA’s The Tax Adviser, and Tax Executive. She also speaks at national programs, including those of the Tax Executives Institute and the American Bar Association.

Outside of RSM, Debbie is a leader in her children’s school community service organization that provides students and families with hands-on volunteer opportunities.

Professional affiliations and designations

  • American Bar Association Energy and Environmental Taxes Committee, chair 
  • Bar member, New York, Massachusetts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York 


  • Bachelor of Science, political science, University of Wisconsin–Madison 
  • Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, State University of New York at Buffalo 
  • Master of Laws, taxation, New York University