Benedictine University is home to a diverse group of alumni, successful in all walks of life. On the following pages, we aim to highlight and recognize the accomplishments of those that truly exemplify the Benedictine values of service, leadership and social contribution. These are just some of our alumni who are not only at the top in their respective fields but are also making a difference in their communities. We have recognized these individuals through special events, programs and awards.
Stephen W. DeFilippis, EA earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Economics from Illinois Benedictine College in 1981 and attained the status of Enrolled Agent (EA) in 1986. DeFilippis has provided tax services since 1983 and has offered financial services since 1987. In 2000, DeFilippis became certified to offer long-term care insurance.
DeFilippis has been quoted in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, MONEY, Forbes, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald. He has appeared on radio and television, most recently as a panelist on Tax Talk Today. DeFilippis has also contributed to online news sources including FOX Business, CNNMoney.com and Yahoo Finance.
DeFilippis was twice named one of "The Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting" by Accounting Today and was a member of the prestigious IRS' Commissioner's Advisory Group (CAG) from 1993 to 1995. DeFilippis is also the author of NON-FILER? QUICKFILER! FOR INDIVIDUALS and has authored several articles for The Journal of the National Association of Enrolled Agents. In recognition of his commitment to helping clients achieve their financial goals and dedication to service excellence in the financial services industry, he was named to Cetera Financial Specialists LLC's President's Council in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
DeFilippis is a current member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) and Illinois Society of Enrolled Agents (IlSEA). He served on NAEA's Board of Directors from 1990 to 1994 and, during this time, Chaired NAEA's Government Relations and Public Information Committees. He is currently a member of NAEA's Government Relations and Public Relations Committees. He served IlSEA as its president from 1990 to 1992 and represented IlSEA on the IRS' Illinois District Director's Liaison Committee from 1989 to 1997.
DeFilippis has lectured to members of IlSEA, other tax professionals and the general public. He is a former part-time faculty member at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois where he taught Federal Taxation I. Recently, Senator Christine Radogno appointed DeFilippis to the Illinois Tax Return Preparation Task Force.
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