Ellen Hoffman is President of the Tax Commission and Tax Appeals Tribunal, the independent administrative tax appeals forums for the City of New York. She also serves as Director of the Office of Administrative Tax Appeals, the umbrella agency comprising the Tax Commission and Tax Appeals Tribunal. President Hoffman was appointed as a Commissioner of the New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal in 2005. In that capacity she has been one of a panel of three Commissioners hearing and deciding appeals from administrative law judge determinations in tax cases involving City business income and non-property excise taxes. She also has served as a hearing officer for the Tax Commission conducting hearings reviewing property tax assessments originally set by the NYC Department of Finance. Prior to 2005, she spent 16 years with the NYC Department of Finance Office of Legal Affairs. As Director of Tax Law in the Office of Legal Affairs, she oversaw private rulings, regulations, forms review and development and legislative drafting. President Hoffman was later appointed Assistant Commissioner for Tax Law and Conciliations overseeing the Department of Finance Conciliation Bureau, which offers taxpayers an informal mediation process to resolve disputed Department statutory notices. Prior to joining the City, she spent 11 years in private tax practice in New York City. She holds a JD and LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law.