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Bill McDevitt, a Shareholder of WilkinGuttenplan, has been with the firm since 1997. He is the director of the tax department.

Bill specializes in representing owner managed business in all phases of their growth by offing practical advice which helps the bus grow legal income tax generational. He has extensive expertise in all phases of tax planning, research and compliance for closely-held businesses and their owners. Bill’s tax experience includes corporate reorganizations, accounting method changes, managing tax examinations and international taxation. He has also developed an expertise in estate planning as well as business advisory services such as business succession planning.

His expertise also includes representation of clients acquiring and selling business interests through the negotiation process, preparation of quality of earnings reports, the performance of due diligence and the structuring of transactions with the goal Maximizing the value of the enterprise and minimizing tax the tax bite minimization.

Bill has extensive experience in providing litigation support services in the areas of business valuations, matrimonial matters and shareholder dispute resolutions.

Prior to joining the firm, Bill was a manager in the tax division of an international accounting firm. In 1989, he founded McDevitt & Company, P.C. and managed this practice until 1997, when McDevitt & Company, P.C. merged with WilkinGuttenplan P.C.

Licenses & Certifications:

  • CPA License: New Jersey
  • CVA: Certified Valuation Analyst

Professional and Civic Achievements:

  • Member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA)
  • Speaker for NJCPA
  • Speaker for Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Frequent speaker CLE at law firms


  • Bill graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Montclair State College.  He continues his education through regular continuing professional education (CPE) and educational seminars.


What’s your proudest professional achievement?

The closing of each M&A Deal that I have ever been intimately involved with.

If you weren’t an accountant/consultant, what would you be?

I would be in M&A Advisory. Or I would start a start-up that helps other start-ups start up. (plagiarized from a New Yorker Magazine cartoon).

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

Dig in by Lenny Kravitz

Describe the attributes of your ideal client relationship.

When mutual trust is present and we feel free to discuss/brainstorm anything that is important in the client’s life and/or businesses. From those conversations, we are able to deliver real value for our clients.

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