President Biden Announces IRS Chief Counsel Nominee
On June 2, 2023, US President Joe Biden announced that he has picked Marjorie Rollinson as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Chief Counsel, the top attorney position at the IRS. Rollinson has had a distinguished career in tax service, both in the public and private sectors, and would be the first woman to serve in the role if confirmed by the US Senate. She 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, she left EY and joined the 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 where she oversaw 100 tax lawyers responsible for issuing published guidance and providing technical guidance.
Practice Point: The Chief Counsel position has been vacant since Michael Desmond stepped down on January 20, 2021. It took nearly a year for the Senate to confirm his appointment. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden made a statement that he hopes the Senate will be able to process the nomination quickly given the complexity and demands of leading the IRS’s legal team.