Following up on previous posts (links below): the Senate has confirmed David Kautter as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Policy. From President Trump's nomination announcement:
Mr. Kautter currently serves as Partner-in-Charge of the Washington National Tax practice for RSM, an audit, tax, and consulting services firm. He was also previously the Managing Director of the Kogod Tax Center and Executive-in-Residence at the Kogod School of Business at American University (AU).
Prior to his work at AU, Mr. Kautter spent over 30 years at Ernst and Young, including serving as Director of National Tax for over 13 years. Mr. Kautter also worked on Capitol Hill as Tax Legislative Counsel for former Senator John C. Danforth of Missouri. He is a high honors graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his J.D. from Georgetown Law Center.
From his webpage at American University's Kogod Tax Center:
David Kautter is Managing Director of the Kogod Tax Center and Executive in Residence in the Department of Accounting and Taxation. He joins Kogod following a distinguished career as a partner at Ernst & Young LLP, where he held a number of key technical and leadership roles spanning over three decades.
Most recently, Kautter served as Ernst & Young's Director of National Tax, the chief operating executive for the firm's national tax practices.
He managed strategic direction, day-to-day operations, and the quality of technical advice provided by the firm's national tax practices, comprised of more than 1500 professionals in over 60 U.S. and global locations. He was also responsible for maintaining the firm's relationships with tax writing committees and staff on Capitol Hill, in the U.S. Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service National Office, law firms, other major accounting firm's tax practices and the media. Kautter also served as Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator John C. Danforth.
Kautter has written extensively on tax law, policy and compliance issues, authoring articles in major journals including the Journal of Accountancy and the Tax Advisor.
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage: