Margie Rollinson Becomes First Female IRS Chief Counsel

By on March 7, 2024
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On March 6, 2024, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that Margie Rollinson has been sworn in as the 49th chief counsel, making her the first female to take on the role. The position has been vacant since Michael Desmond stepped down on January 20, 2021. It took nearly a year for the US Senate to confirm his appointment. We previously reported on Ms. Rollinson’s nomination to the top job.

Ms. Rollinson began her career at Ernst & Young (EY) in 1987, became a partner in 1997 and was eventually named Deputy Director of the National Tax Department, where she also led the International Tax Technical Committee.

In 2013, Ms. Rollinson left EY and joined the IRS Office of Chief Counsel as the Technical Deputy Associate Chief Counsel in the Office of the Associate Chief Counsel International. In 2016, she was named Associate Chief Counsel International and oversaw 100 tax lawyers responsible for issuing published guidance and providing technical guidance.

Practice Point: The IRS Chief Counsel position is appointed by the President of the United States (with the advice and consent of the Senate) and serves as the chief legal advisor to the IRS Commissioner on all matters pertaining to the interpretation, administration and enforcement of the Internal Revenue Code. Under the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, the Chief Counsel reports to both the IRS Commissioner and the General Counsel of the Department of Treasury.

Kevin Spencer
Kevin Spencer focuses his practice on tax controversy issues. Kevin represents clients in complicated tax disputes in court and before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at the IRS Appeals and Examination divisions. In addition to his tax controversy practice, Kevin has broad experience advising clients on various tax issues, including tax accounting, employment and reasonable compensation, civil and criminal tax penalties, IRS procedures, reportable transactions and tax shelters, renewable energy, state and local tax, and private client matters. After earning his Master of Tax degree, Kevin had the privilege to clerk for the Honorable Robert P. Ruwe on the US Tax Court. Read Kevin Spencer's full bio.




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