Joe Bishop‐Henchman is Executive Vice President at the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, leading our work to protect taxpayer rights through research, litigation, and outreach. He has worked with elected officials and stakeholders to achieve major state‐level tax changes, advised on the interplay between federal and state policy changes, and authored over 100 studies on tax policy and tax law. Bishop‐Henchman is a class plaintiff in a major lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service seeking refund of $300 million of illegally collected fees, was lead counsel in NTUF’s Halstead Bead litigation that successfully prompted reform of Louisiana’s complex local sales tax practices, and his brief in South Dakota v. Wayfair was cited twice by the U.S. Supreme Court majority opinion.
Bishop-Henchman joined NTUF from the McDermott Will & Emery law firm, where he counseled clients on tax policy and compliance, and prior to that, 14 years at the Tax Foundation, where he co-authored 8 books on tax policy. He has testified to Congress seven times, in 36 state houses around the country, and on anti-corruption tax reform efforts in-person in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2023. He was educated at the University of California, Berkeley and received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a certificate in International Legal Studies from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge and the University of Salzburg. He is admitted to practice law in New York, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Tax Court, and the 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, and D.C. Circuits.
He serves on the State Advisory Board for Bloomberg Tax, the Board of Directors of the Rainey Center, and is an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute. He lives in Washington, DC with his husband Ethan and their dog, Ulysses. Follow him on Twitter at @jbhenchman.