Area of Focus
Washington National Tax Tax controversy

John Cardone

Senior Director, Washington National Tax
Area of Focus
Washington National Tax Tax controversy

About John

John Cardone is a member of the IRS controversy team in RSM’s Washington National Tax office. He focuses on digital assets, blockchain and IRS controversy programs—including IRS examinations, appeals and the disclosure options available to taxpayers. 


John has over 25 years of tax controversy experience, including nearly two decades serving the IRS. He joined RSM in 2021, bringing his significant IRS experience and insights to the firm’s clients and colleagues. He advises clients on IRS practice and procedure issues, including statute of limitations issues, IRS collection procedures and IRS discovery processes.

Prior to joining RSM, he was a leading IRS resource on digital asset reporting, including cryptocurrency, and consults regularly on these issues.

John began his legal career as a trial attorney in the tax division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He then joined the IRS office of chief counsel and served in various leadership roles, including special counsel (wage and investment), associate area counsel, deputy area counsel and area counsel (small business/self-employed). There, he supervised litigation attorneys, steered the IRS’s national facade easement litigation program and implemented innocent spouse determination procedures, among other programs.

In 2014, he joined the IRS to oversee the development of strategic initiatives, including digital tools for taxpayers. John led multiple services and enforcement programs, including cryptocurrency policy, offshore compliance, alternative dispute resolution and withholding on foreign payments. While at the IRS, John was a member of the IRS’ executive leadership team and held various leadership roles, including the assistant deputy commissioner, services and enforcement.

Professional affiliations and designations

  • Licensed to practice law in New York State
  • New York State Bar Association


  • Juris Doctor (JD), Boston College Law School
  • Bachelor of Science, hotel administration, Cornell University