William D. Elliott


williamelliott.jpgWilliam D. Elliott

Governor Appointee

William D. Elliott is a practicing tax attorney, with a practice involving federal and state taxation, providing a wide range of corporate, partnership, institutional and individual clients with legal and tax counsel and representation in tax and estate planning and tax controversy matters.

He is certified in tax law and in estate planning and probate law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization. 

A native of Sherman, Texas, Elliott earned his Juris Doctor at Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1973 and his Master of Laws in taxation at New York University School of Law in 1974.  Elliott is past-president of the SMU Law School Alumni Association.

Elliott has a substantial record of civic involvement in addition to serving as a member of the NTTA Board of Directors as appointed by Gov. Rick Perry. Former civil endeavors include: board member of the Trinity River Authority; member of the Depository Board for the State of Texas; former general counsel of the Republican Party of Texas; former chairman of the  Farmer’s Market Tax Increment Finance District in Dallas; and Leadership Dallas Alumni Association.

Elliott has served in the leadership of the State Bar of Texas, including the following positions:  past chairman of the Board of Directors, past-chair of Finance Committee, past member of Executive Committee, past chairman of the Professionalism Committee, and past chairman of the Section of Taxation. He has served on the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the State Bar since the mid-1990s. In 2008, Elliott was awarded the Dan Price Award by the Texas Bar Foundation for leadership in continuing education and writing. In 2010, the Dallas Chapter of CPAs presented Elliott with the Stanley J. Scott Award for leadership in education and professional development.

He has written two books, “Federal Tax Collections, Liens and Levies” and “Texas Taxes Annotated” as well as countless articles for seminars and journals.  He also is a regular columnist for “CCH Taxes – The Tax Magazine.”

Elliott has appeared and personally argued a in a federal tax case in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Elliott and his wife Carol M. Barger own and operate a certified organic ranch for cattle and pecans in Fannin County, Texas. Elliott also plays the drums in a rock n’roll band that has two You Tube music videos posted.

Gov. Perry appointed Elliott to the NTTA Board of Directors in February 2012. Under NTTA bylaws, the governor appoints one board member from a county adjacent to the NTTA's four-county service area.

belliott@ntta.org