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Danielle E. Rolfes


Danielle co-leads the International Tax Group within KPMG’s Washington National Tax office.  Danielle joined KPMG in June 2017, following her tenure as the International Tax Counsel at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Danielle advises clients on U.S. international tax matters, including tax planning with respect to their structures, operations, and transactions.  In particular, she has extensive experience advising on issues relating to international tax policy, tax treaties, foreign currency, the source of income rules, subpart F, and foreign tax credits.  More recently, she has focused on helping clients navigate U.S. tax reform, including the new Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax, the regimes for Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income and Foreign-Derived Intangible Income, and the new limitations on the foreign tax credit.

Prior to joining KPMG, Danielle served as an executive in the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy.  She joined Treasury in 2011 as Deputy International Tax Counsel, and served as the International Tax Counsel from September 2012 through February 2017.  As International Tax Counsel, Danielle led Treasury’s international tax legal staff, and was the principal legal adviser to the Assistant Secretary (Tax Policy) and the Deputy Assistant Secretary (International Tax Affairs) on all aspects of international tax policy, including the development and review of proposals for U.S. tax reform and the representation of the United States in international organizations such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.  Danielle also was responsible for the promulgation of regulations and administrative guidance regarding the U.S. taxation of cross-border income, and she led the negotiation of tax treaties and the development of the first comprehensive update to the U.S. Model Income Tax Treaty in ten years.  

Prior to joining Treasury, Danielle was a partner at Ivins, Phillips & Barker, where she advised multinational corporations on international tax planning, controversy, and compliance matters, as well as on tax accounting methods.  Before law school, Danielle was an accountant at Procter & Gamble. 

Danielle is a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of international tax topics.  In addition to numerous articles, Danielle is the author of AN ANALYSIS OF FIN 48 – ACCOUNTING FOR UNCERTAIN INCOME TAX POSITIONS (Matthew Bender, 3d ed. 2009).