IRS Large Business & International Division Counsel joins EY Tax Controversy practice in the US

Jan 06, 2016, 09:30 ET from EY

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernst & Young LLP announced today that Linda Kroening joined its Tax Policy & Controversy group as an Executive Director located in the Washington, DC office. Kroening has more than 28 years of federal service, including senior executive and top-level management experience at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), most recently as Division Counsel, Large Business & International (LB&I), Office of Chief Counsel, the most senior lawyer responsible for providing legal advice and litigation services to LB&I.

"Linda brings an extensive knowledge of the IRS organization, practices and procedures, including litigation and issue management strategies," said Eric Solomon, co-leader of the National Tax Department of Ernst & Young LLP. "Linda's IRS and LB&I Division experience is a substantial addition to our strong team of tax controversy professionals and will benefit our clients as they interact with the IRS."

Prior to her role with LB&I as Division Counsel, Kroening held many positions at the IRS, including Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Services and Enforcement; Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Income Tax & Accounting); Attorney; Assistant Branch Chief; and Special Counsel Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Income Tax & Accounting).   

In her role as Division Counsel, Kroening led a team of more than 300 attorneys and paralegals responsible for providing all aspects of technical legal advice and litigation for the IRS's LB&I Division. Kroening was directly involved in the design and development of the Industry Issue Resolution (IIR) relating to bank and insurance company debt and hedging transactions and the IIR relating to power generation and telecommunications company capitalization issues. She was also directly involved in the development of the LB&I directive regarding the codified economic substance doctrine and was instrumental in assisting LB&I in implementing the Affordable Care Act provisions regarding the branded pharmaceutical fee and for the redesign of Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA) rules regarding partnership audits.

Kroening holds a Bachelor's Degree from Marquette University and a Juris Doctor from University of Wisconsin School of Law. Kroening is a member of the Wisconsin Bar.

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