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Thomas Burton, CPA, MBA

Senior Tax Manager

Thomas Burton is a senior tax manager at CBM-Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C. with 35 years of tax planning and preparation expertise. Before joining CBM in September 2018, he was tax director of a Maryland based regional CPA firm for over 20 years and, before then, served in management roles at the international firms KPMG and Laventhol & Horwath throughout the Northeast.

His areas of expertise include work for clients in real estate and construction, transportation, retail, distribution and healthcare, and not-for-profits. He also has extensive tax management experience for partnerships and S corporations and has delivered services in the areas of fiduciary and individual taxation.

Tom is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA). He served on the board of directors of MACPA’s Southern Maryland Chapter for 22 years.  He also previously served on the State board of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has been a speaker and instructor to numerous groups and associations, as well as appearing on radio and television regarding various tax subjects.

Professional Qualifications and Education

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Master of Business Administration, Bentley University
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, American International College

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Institute of CPAs
  • Maryland Association of CPAs

Civic and Business Associations

  • Alexandria Choral Society
  • Ocean State Chamber Orchestra – Founding Board and Past Treasurer
  • Voce Chamber Singers – Past Treasurer
  • Jaycees

Point of View

Your most important client is the one to which you are currently providing the service.  Each client perceives what is good service in their own unique terms.


Years ago, I had a completely by chance encounter with golf legend Byron Nelson.  We arrived at the same place, at the same time, no one else around.  Our thirty-minute conversation began with Byron holding out his hand and introducing himself to me.  The experience left a permanent imprint.  He was every bit the ultimate gentleman they say he was.  I have tried to live up to his example ever since. It is a challenge, but worth it.


When I was a teenager, my Mom gave me a self-help brochure.  On the outside it has pictures of piles of money and says: “The Secret of How to Make Money”.  On the inside, in large block letters it says: “GO TO WORK”.  I still have it.  She said I could do whatever I wanted in life, from ditchdigger to doctor; just always do a good job.


My mother’s side of the family has a notable history in America, from 1740 in Alexandria, Virginia; extending to northwest Pennsylvania.  There is a township in Pennsylvania named after one of them. This includes the women.  From the late 19th to early 20th century, my great-grandmother not only owned two storefront businesses on the town’s Main Street, she also owned the buildings that housed them.  So, I take inspiration from them all.  If they can do it, so can I.

Lightning Round

  • What is your favorite memory? Being part of a group that on three different occasions, performed on stage with Jazz great Dave Brubeck.  Dave later chose us to make a recording with him.  It won a Grammy (because of Dave, not us).
  • Where is your favorite place to spend time? I love to explore.  So, it would be some interesting place I have not been yet.
  • What is a favorite book that you read? The Blond Knight of Germany.  Read it twice.
  • What is one of your favorite quotes? “Do, or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda