KPMG US appoints Danielle Rolfes head of Washington national tax

05 May 2023 2 min. read
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KPMG US has appointed Danielle Rolfes as leader of its Washington national tax (WNT) practice.

Rolfes succeeds Manal Corwin, who recently left the firm to serve as director of the OECD’s centre for tax policy and administration. Rolfes will lead a team of tax professionals and will continue in her client-facing role of advising firms on international and domestic tax policy changes.

Rolfes, who previously co-led WNT’s international tax offering, will also serve as tax policy lead for the Americas.

She has more than 25 years of experience in tax consulting, tax policy and law, and accounting – with extensive experience advising multinationals on US and global tax policy, tax treaties, expense allocation, source of income rules, and foreign tax credits.

KPMG US appoints Danielle Rolfes head of Washington national tax

Before joining KPMG in 2017, Rolfes spent over five years at the US Department of the Treasury, where she served as international tax counsel in the office of tax policy and principal legal advisor to the assistant secretary of tax policy. She also served as a US delegate to the OECD.

Before that, Rolfes spent nearly a decade at law firm Ivins, Phillips & Barker, where she was a tax partner advising corporations on international tax planning, controversy, and compliance matters. Earlier in her career, Rolfes was an accountant at Procter & Gamble.

She has a JD from Harvard Law School, an LLM in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Wright State University.

"During a time of great legislative change, an increasingly complex regulatory environment, and broad market disruption, Danielle is the right leader at the right time to help our clients navigate uncertainty," said Greg Engel, vice chair – tax at KPMG US. "Her unique combination of public and private sector leadership experience, domestic and international tax technical know-how, and her close involvement serving as a trusted advisor to many of our largest clients make her perfectly suited to succeed in this role."

KPMG’s WNT practice helps companies address tax issues in transactions, planning, tax returns and refund claims, IRS rulings, and dispute resolution, among other areas. The practice’s 200+ professionals have prior experience in the IRS, Treasury, Congress, and US Tax Court.

“I'm humbled and honored to assume this important role and lead a best-in-class tax technical team at such a pivotal moment," said Rolfes. "Together, we'll continue to foster WNT's already strong collaborative and collegial culture while at the same time, embedding our specialized knowledge in the business to maximize the value WNT brings to the Tax practice and the entire firm."