William S. Hoffman, III
Obituary of William S. Hoffman, III
William Stanislaus Hoffman III, died in his sleep on January 1, 2022, in Providence Village, Texas, while visiting family. He was 62.
Mr. Hoffman resided in Alexandria, Virginia. He worked as an award-winning journalist, writer and editor for more than three decades, covering a wide range of beats including government, banking and finance, healthcare, trade, energy, and taxation. During the 1990s, he held the title of National Correspondent for the publication Small Business News, covering Congress and federal agencies from a small business perspective.
For the past ten years, Mr. Hoffman was senior IRS reporter for the publication Tax Notes Today Federal. In this capacity, Mr. Hoffman was the first Tax Notes writer to bring a sitting IRS commissioner (John Koskinen) for on-the-record interviews with reporters and editors at the Tax Analysts building. Tax Notes senior executive editor for news, Chuck O’Toole, said of Hoffman: “He was one of the finest writers we’ve ever had. He never threw softballs.”
Mr. Hoffman was born on December 8, 1959, in St. Louis, Missouri, to William S. Hoffman, Jr. and Patricia Hoffman (nee Smith). Both were professional writers who, for a time during the 1970s and ‘80s, worked for the Delaware State News. Mr. Hoffman grew up in Dover, Delaware, and attended Delaware State College, as well as the University of Texas at Arlington, where he majored in history.
He is survived by his daughter, Kashmir Hoffman, and her husband, Brian Patrick McCarthy; grandsons Seamus and Ambrose McCarthy; his stepmother Judith Reeves-Hoffman of Temple, Georgia; sister Terri Hoffman and her husband, Julio Escalante, of New York City; sister Alicia White and her husband Michael White, of Villa Rica, Georgia; brothers John Hoffman of Oklahoma City, and Ethan and Micah Lewis of Temple, Georgia; nephews Patrick Escalante of NYC, Evan White of Villa Rica, Georgia; and niece Sage White, also of Villa Rica. He was preceded in death by his father, William S. Hoffman, Jr.; his mother, Patricia Smith Hoffman; and two brothers, James Francis Hoffman, and Joseph Michael Hoffman.
A memorial service is planned for a later date.
It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Thank you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you. Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad. Love, The Gillilands
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I was greatly saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. Over the years, as a result of his great interest in the IRS and its impact on taxpayers, we became good friends and kept in touch even after my term as Commissioner ended. Like many who came to know and appreciate his good work and his wonderful personality, I will miss him and our meetings and discussions. My condolences and best wishes to his family in this difficult time.