Karen McAfee, Minority Chief Tax Counsel and Oversight Subcommittee Staff Director

Karen McAfee, Minority Chief Tax Counsel; Oversight Subcommittee Staff Director
National Journal
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Stacy Kaper
Oct. 23, 2013, 2 p.m.

McAfee gradu­ated from the Uni­versity of Vir­gin­ia in 1996 and went to work on tax-law, health care, and hedge-fund is­sues at dif­fer­ent firms based on Wall Street and in Chica­go.

She joined the Ways and Means Com­mit­tee in 2006 as the Over­sight Sub­com­mit­tee staff dir­ect­or and was pro­moted earli­er this year to chief tax coun­sel. McAfee, 42, is cur­rently wear­ing both hats, but the plan is for someone else to fill the over­sight role.

In the mean­time she has spent count­less hours fo­cused on tax fraud and the on­go­ing in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to IRS treat­ment of non­profit groups.

Once a Re­pub­lic­an pro­pos­al for tax re­form comes out, McAfee will be ana­lyz­ing its im­plic­a­tions for Demo­crats, help­ing fig­ure out what the Demo­crat­ic pri­or­it­ies will be, and hash­ing out a plan of at­tack. Un­til then, she is help­ing Demo­crats be­come fa­mil­i­ar­ized with the tax code, learn­ing the ins and outs of how pet cred­its and de­duc­tions work, and de­term­in­ing what struc­tures in the code they be­lieve are key to pro­tect­ing middle-class jobs and re­tire­ment sav­ings.

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