Lynn Henley: Tax Partner


Q and A

Q. What is it about business consulting that first drew your interest?

It wasn’t so much accounting as it was taxation. I view tax as being more about words than it is about numbers. The Internal Revenue Code fascinated me because of the complexity of the language. Taxation is also fascinating because of its power to influence the behavior of entire segments of a population.

Q. What can we learn from our past in your business?

Our contribution to this society through the payment of taxes is one of the most important ways in which we participate in our system of government. Ironically, one of the reasons that democracy is difficult is that the connection between the payment of taxes and participation in government isn’t always easy to see.

Q. Make a prediction: describe your vision of the business future.

I predict that tax and accounting will become more complex. Practitioners will be moved toward even greater specialization. If we imagine a spectrum with complete specialization at one end and no specialization on the other, I see the movement away from the middle and toward both ends.

Q. What is the toughest business decision you have ever made?

Guiding employees away from accounting when that was right for them.

Q. What is your proudest moment?

In business, it was receiving an award from a former employer for my work in mentoring younger accountants. The staff of the firm voted for this award. It meant a lot to me.

Beyond the Boardroom

Desert island wish list:

Assuming there is food and water; a good library and good company.

Favorite vacation:


Quotable quote:

“…It eluded us then, but that’s no matter-tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther….And one fine morning –“   Nick Carraway, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Current reading:

Bosworth by Chris Skidmore

Favorite film:

The Sandpiper starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

One word that best describes you: