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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Joint Tax Committee Unveils Upgraded Website

The Joint Committee on Taxation yesterday unveiled its re-designed website:

We have redesigned this site to offer more convenient access to our information, materials, and resources. Many new pages have been added to afford different paths and ways to logically access the material we offer on our web site. Comments are welcome (see Contact Us page).

Note that many of the older Committee documents on this site are old PDF images, and are therefore not currently full-text searchable. We will be converting these documents to full-text PDF files over a period of time. For the time being, only the titles of these old documents are indexed for search.

The Committee also announced JCT Expands Team of Top-Flight Tax Lawyers:

We are very pleased to announce that the Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation will be augmented by the arrival of four top-flight lawyers at the beginning of 2008.

Emily McMahon will join the JCT Staff's two existing Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Tom Barthold and Bernard Schmitt, as the JCT Staff's Deputy Chief of Staff - Law. Emily graduated from Yale Law School in 1985 and served as an Attorney Advisor in the US Treasury's office of the International Tax Counsel in the early 1990's, before joining Sullivan and Cromwell in 1993. Emily has been a partner there since 1997, and is resident in the firm's DC office. ... Emily will start on February 4th.

Michael Hauswirth also will join the JCT Staff on February 4th. Michael currently is a partner in the DC office of Kirkland and Ellis.

The JCT Staff has been fortunate to obtain two detailees from the Internal Revenue Service, Marjorie Hoffman and Bethany Anne Ingwalson. Both started on January 3rd.

Marjorie has worked on employee benefits matters at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel since 1981. She has had a long and distinguished career there, and most recently was Special Counsel to the Deputy Div. Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (Employee Benefits). ...

Bethany is a 1995 graduate of Georgetown Law (magna cum laude). Following graduation, Bethany worked at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett for several years, before joining the IRS in 1999. Most recently, she served as Senior Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel.

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