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John Kinsella is joining the American Bankers Association next month as vice president of tax policy.

In his new role, Kinsella will serve as ABA’s technical expert on tax legislation, as well as advocate for member banks in the areas of federal and state corporate taxation, international bank taxation, tax procedure, compliance, financial products and services.

Kinsella joins from U.S. Bank, where he served as senior vice president and director of tax. At U.S. Bank. Prior to this he worked at EY, most recently as senior tax manager.

“John’s background and knowledge will be an incredible asset for ABA,” said Donna Fisher, senior vice president of tax and accounting. “During his leadership with ABA, John has been an impressive advocate for both large and community banks, and that experience will be invaluable as we continue to advocate for our broad range of members.”
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Tax Policy JobsEY has recruited Alexa Claybon into its National Tax department in Washington.

Ms Claybon has been with the US Dept of Treasury since 2011, working in the Office of Tax Policy. She was formerly a Tax Director at PwC.

She was educated at Northeastern University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

H&R Block Tax JobsMark Chapman has joined H&R Block in Australia. His role will involve the development of the Firm’s green paper which detailing H&R Block’s perspectives on the future of the Australian tax system.

He will also be responsible for building  HRB Australia Tax Institute whilst developing, maintaining and executing the HRB regulator engagement strategy.

Mr Chapman trained in tax in the UK with Grant Thornton before moving onto Baker Tilly, where he was a Senior Tax Manager. He moved to Melbourne in 2007 to join the ATO and was a Senior Director when he left in 2013. He was Head of Tax Products and Services at Taxpayer Australia until 2015, when he started his own practice as a freelance tax consultant, writer and lecturer.

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Eversheds has announced the appointment of leading HMRC tax and funds expert, John Buckeridge, who joins the firm as a Consultant.

John Buckeridge joins from HMRC, where he was a policy and technical adviser on collective investments in the Financial Products and Services Team (part of the Corporation Tax, International, Stamps and Avoidance group). In that role, John worked with industry stakeholders, HM Treasury and Ministers to maintain and develop tax legislation relating to collective investment schemes and their investors.

In particular, John led the HMRC team on a variety of positive legislative changes for developing UK competitiveness as a centre for management and domicile of funds. He also worked with operational tax colleagues to resolve specific customer issues.

Commenting on his appointment, John said:

“Having worked with Eversheds for a number of years, I have been very impressed by their work in the investment funds and asset management sector. I’ve been at HMRC for well over a decade and am keen to join private practice. The firm’s specialist work in my area of expertise made it a natural fit and I look forward to working closely with my new colleagues and further developing the practice.”

Cathryn Vanderspar, at Eversheds, commented:

“John is one of the UK’s foremost experts in tax issues relating to collective investment schemes and we are thrilled that he has decided to join our successful City practice. John’s knowledge of the sector together with his technical tax experience will be invaluable to our clients as products develop and legislative changes continue to take place.”

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EY announced today that Sean Hailey, former Tax Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, has re-joined Ernst & Young LLP as a partner with the firm’s National Tax Department – International Tax Services in Washington, DC.

As a Tax Advisor with the House Committee on Ways and Means, Hailey helped formulate international tax policy and draft tax reform proposals primarily focusing on moving the U.S. international tax system to a territorial tax system.

“Sean’s extensive and wide-ranging knowledge of complex tax reform provisions relating to International Tax will be particularly valuable to our clients who need to prepare and plan for the development of new international tax standards,” said Michael Mundaca, co-director of the firm’s National Tax Department.  “He has spent his career focused on the practical application and effects of the international tax rules, both in government and in the private sector, and that experience will be invaluable to our clients.”

Prior to his seven years with the House Committee on Ways and Means, Hailey spent four years with the International Tax group of Ernst & Young LLP in the Northeast region. In that role he focused on advising U.S. multinational clients on domestic and foreign taxation issues as well as strategic transactions, including acquisition structuring and financing structures.

Hailey earned his Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Taxation from Fordham University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The College of the Holy Cross.

Former U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Dave Camp, has joined PwC US as a senior policy advisor based in its Washington National Tax Services (WNTS) practice.

Recognized for his leadership in advancing federal tax reform, Chairman Camp led the Ways and Means Committee for the last four years until retiring from Congress earlier this year. In his role at PwC, he will continue to focus on the economic, tax, international trade and health care policy issues that were his responsibility as Ways and Means Committee Chairman and his passion during the 24 years he served in the House.

“Dave Camp is a luminary in his field, and we are honored that he has chosen to join PwC,” said Bob Moritz, chairman and senior partner of PwC US. “His commitment to removing barriers to trade and ability to work on a bipartisan basis resulted in the enactment of significant trade agreements.  His vision regarding the critical need for tax reform as the catalyst for U.S. competitiveness has paved the way for the changes our economy needs over the next few years.”

Added Mark Mendola, vice-chairman and tax leader of PwC US, “Dave’s willingness to take on the herculean task of developing the most comprehensive tax reform proposal since the mid-1980s is testament to his ability to do what others considered impossible.  Chairman Camp’s bill will serve as the foundation for the tax reform discussion that lies ahead of us.  His impact on tax policy has been enormous.  I know our clients look forward to hearing his insights, learning more about his innovative thinking and seeking his assistance in effecting change, qualities that served him so well in Congress.”

As Ways & Means Chairman, Mr. Camp served as part of the House Republication leadership and played a major role in the formation of policy on a wide range of issues.  He was engaged in the Committee’s work on tax, international trade, Medicare, Social Security and fiscal policy issues for more than two decades. In December 2014, he introduced the Tax Reform Act of 2014, the most comprehensive tax reform proposal since the mid-1980s.   The Camp proposal, as it became known, is widely recognized as an important foundation for significant business and international tax reform in the future.

In addition to his Ways & Means chairmanship, Mr. Camp was a member of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) for six years, serving as Chairman in 2011 and 2013 and Vice Chairman in 2012 and 2014. He also served on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, created in February 2010 to identify policies to improve the U.S. fiscal situation after the deep economic downturn. While on the Commission, Chairman Camp co-led the Tax Reform Working Group and was a member of the Mandatory Spending Working Group.  Subsequently, he was one of 12 members of the bipartisan Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, formed in 2011.

In his role at PwC, Mr. Camp will provide his perspective to PwC clients on important federal policy issues, including tax reform, the economy and the impact of proposed policy changes on businesses.  He will help PwC clients navigate the dynamic legislative and regulatory process to develop successful strategies and advance policies meant to improve economic growth and competition in global markets.  He will also provide valuable insight on the global business environment, including issues specific to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) initiatives.

australian tax jobsJoe Hockey’s office (in Australia) has confirmed that Robert Jeremenko, currently senior tax counsel at The Tax Institute, will join as Chief of Staff for the Tax White Paper Unit.

The Treasurer has created this new role to assist with the delivery of the Government’s white paper on taxation.

Mr Jeremenko started his career with the ATO before joining the Office of the Federal Treasurer. He then moved in-house with NAB for almost 5 years before joining The Tax Institute in 2010. He is taking unpaid leave from The Tax Institute to focus on this new project.

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EY hires Cathy Koch as EY Americas Tax Policy Leader

On February 25, 2015, in EY, by Chris Bale

Ernst & Young LLP announced today that Cathleen M. Koch will join as a principal and will serve as the EY Americas Tax Policy Leader. Koch joins from the Office of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, where she served as Chief Advisor on tax and economic policy.

In her new role, Koch will continue the development of the EY network of tax policy professionals across member firms in more than 30 countries in the Americas. The close coordination of these top tax policy professionals will help multinational clients stay informed and on the cutting edge of tax policy developments in the different countries in which they operate. Koch will also advise clients regarding US, Americas, and global tax policy matters.

“As we enter into a new phase of intensive action on tax reform, Cathy’s expertise and insight into the workings of Capitol Hill will be particularly valuable to our clients,” said Kate Barton, EY Americas Vice Chair of Tax Services. “The short window for US tax reform before the 2016 presidential election cycle, coupled with major tax changes in countries around the world, mean now is the time for companies to focus on how tax policy impacts their business.”

As Chief Advisor to the Office of the Senate Democratic Leader on tax and economic policy, Koch led all tax and economic policy initiatives in the 113th Congress from the Leader’s office and was central to strategy and communications on a broad spectrum of issues. She has been deeply involved in almost every Congressional tax and budget measure since January 2013, when she joined the Leader’s office.

Prior to joining Senator Reid’s office, she served as Tax Chief at the Senate Finance Committee, then led by Senator Max Baucus, where she led the Finance Committee’s tax team in developing the tax components of every bill during her tenure, including Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Koch was also Senior Tax Policy Advisor and Staff Director of the Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure.

In the private sector, she has served as Director of Tax Policy and Senior Tax Advisor for General Electric and as Director of Global Government Affairs for Amgen.

Koch earned a PhD in economics from Georgetown University and a BA in economics, magna cum laude, from Millersville University of Pennsylvania.