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Keith Richardson

Keith J. Richardson was appointed November 2016 as the deputy chief financial officer for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Tax and Revenue, an agency with six administrations with more than 550 employees. OTR collects $2.9 billion annually in real-estate taxes and $4.6 billion in individual and business taxes.

In December 2020, his agency completed the last phase of their fully implemented Modernized Integrated Tax System (MITS) through GenTax. OTR became the only jurisdiction in the United States with a fully implemented tax system that includes real property taxes.

Richardson, a results-oriented executive with more than 22 years of experience in tax administration, operations management, and financial services, has held leadership roles in various government and private organizations. As revenue commissioner for the city of Philadelphia, Richardson managed a department with a $56.7-million budget and 585 employees that annually collected $3.8 billion in revenue. During his tenure, Richardson worked on tax reform, job creation, and legislation to increase funding for the city and the school district of Philadelphia. He was also instrumental in creating a civil service regulation that mandates that all new hires must be up-to-date in their payment of city taxes, water bill, fines, and fees. He also implemented a similar program covering board and commission members serving under and appointed by the mayor.

Prior to joining the city of Philadelphia, Richardson worked at the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue as the director of Bureau of Compliance, where he successfully led several revenue collection initiatives.

Richardson previously served as the president and managing director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority Development Corporation where he managed a $68-billion budget. He prepared annual budgets; marketed vacant retail space to prospective tenants; negotiated sales, leases or development of property; and generated new revenue streams of non-federal funding.

He holds a master's degree in business administration from Eastern University, Philadelphia, and a bachelor's degree from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. Richardson served as the president of the Northeastern State Tax Officials Association from 2012-2013. And he also served as the first African-American chairman on the board for the Multistate Tax Commission.