Phillip Poirier is a senior fellow with the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis. His work focuses on investigating ways to leverage our system of tax administration to improve the financial lives of low- and moderate-income Americans, including active-duty military service members. With over 25 years’ experience working with technology companies and in the tax and personal finance areas, he has an extensive background in tax, electronic tax administration, personal finance, consumer and professional online and mobile offerings, and regulatory/policy issues in the digital economy.
Since retiring, he has pursued his passion for helping low and moderate-income Americans improve their financial lives. He is a tax preparer in the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program that serves low and moderate-income populations and military taxpayers. He is a member of the Taxpayer Opportunity Network and has worked with national organizations on VITA program issues. He is former chair of the IRS Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee and a current member of the IRS Advisory Council.
Phillip holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, received a B.S. in International Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval Academy, and is a Navy veteran.