For many years, Mr. Keating served as executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union. Mr. Keating also served as the Washington Director of Americans for Fair Taxation, a tax reform group that promotes passage of the FairTax to replace the income tax.
In May 1996 he was appointed to the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service by then Senator Bob Dole because of his leading role in the development and passage of the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights. The Commission’s report was released in June 1997, and served as the basis for legislation approved by Congress in 1998, which included a further expansion of taxpayers' rights as advocated by Mr. Keating during his work on the Commission.
He also played key roles in passage of income tax indexing legislation to prevent inflation from boosting taxpayers into higher tax brackets and passage of a bill to protect innocent spouses from being dunned by the IRS for unfair tax debts.
Mr. Keating has appeared on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” NBC’s “Today”, ABC’s "20/20," PBS’s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”, Fox News Channel, MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and many other news and talk programs.more » « less