A licensed attorney with a Master of Laws in taxation, Debbie provides advisory services to clients, including tax consulting and assistance with Internal Revenue Service controversies. Debbie’s extensive knowledge covers a complete range of excise taxes, including manufacturer taxes (e.g., petroleum products and motor fuel, tires, sporting goods, firearms, ammunition), retail taxes (e.g., alternative fuels, heavy trucks and trailers) and environmental taxes, as well as the excise taxes administered by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Debbie also advises clients on tax credits from renewable resources such as wind, solar, and combined heat and power cogeneration and geothermal, as well as carbon capture and sequestration. With her extensive excise and green energy experience, Debbie evaluates each client’s green energy investments and business operations to help them solve complex tax challenges.
Prior to joining RSM, Debbie led the excise tax practice in the Washington National Tax office of a Big Four accounting firm. Debbie also worked in the excise tax branch in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, where she was responsible for published guidance on excise taxes, technical advice to IRS excise tax agents and letter rulings to taxpayers. Debbie is the principal author of Treasury-published guidance on excise taxes, including rules related to fuel taxation and credits. Prior to joining the IRS, Debbie served as an attorney-advisor to the Honorable Juan F. Vasquez, United States Tax Court.
Debbie’s thought leadership has been published in the tax press, including Tax Notes, Daily Tax Report, AICPA’s The Tax Adviser, and Tax Executive. She also speaks at national programs, including those of the Tax Executives Institute and the American Bar Association.
Outside of RSM, Debbie is a leader in her children’s school community service organization that provides students and families with hands-on volunteer opportunities.