The Tax Council Policy Institute to Honor Janice Mays at Annual Symposium

Jan 31, 2014, 08:00 ET from Tax Council Policy Institute

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --The Tax Council Policy Institute (TCPI) announced today that Janice Mays, Democratic staff director, chief counsel and former chief tax counsel of the House Ways and Means Committee, will be awarded its 2014 Pillar of Excellence, which will be presented at TCPI's 15th Annual Tax Policy & Practice Symposium, to be held February 19-20 in Washington, D.C. The 2014 award is given to Mays based on her extraordinary dedication and contribution to the field of tax law and policy.


"Janice Mays embodies all the characteristics the Pillar of Excellence Award was designed to recognize," said Lynda K. Walker, executive director and general counsel of TCPI. "For more than three decades she has been a driving force behind federal tax policy development and is both widely regarded as a thoughtful expert and highly respected on both sides of the aisle for her leadership on Capitol Hill. We are honored to present the award to Janice, who has dedicated her career to shaping sound and fair tax policy."

Mays is the first woman and fifth overall recipient of this award, which honors individuals who consistently go above and beyond what is required, proving to be true leaders in their field. In its search for award recipients, TCPI seeks to identify and acknowledge outstanding tax professionals whose performance and activities help further the knowledge and understanding of the tax community at large.

Qualifications for the Pillar of Excellence Award include playing a key role in tax policy; its impact on the tax business and national economy; participation in knowledge-sharing opportunities; and demonstration of the overall understanding of tax policies among professionals, executives and policymakers.

Mays joined the Committee staff in 1975 after receiving her undergraduate degree (cum laude) from Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., and her juris doctorate from the University of Georgia College of Law.  She also holds a Master of Law in taxation from the University of Georgetown School of Law.

TCPI's 15th Annual Symposium, "Why Taxes Matter: The Impact of Tax Policy on Strategic Business Decisions," will bring together leading professionals and policymakers to discuss the critical link between tax policy and business decision-making.  Topics will include the role of taxation in the deployment of financial capital, balancing base broadening, cross border taxation, international tax policy and policy implications of tax reform.

Registration for the event is now open.  For more details about TCPI's 15th Annual Tax Policy & Practice Symposium and to register for the event, please contact TCPI at +1 202 822 8062 or visit TCPI's website at

About The Tax Council Policy Institute
The Tax Council Policy Institute (TCPI), which was created in 1997, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit and non-partisan public research and educational organization. TCPI was created to help bring about a better understanding of significant federal tax policies that impact businesses and the national economy through careful study, thoughtful evaluation and open discussion. TCPI is affiliated with The Tax Council, an association established in 1966 for senior level tax professionals who work together to promote sound federal tax policies and a better understanding of our federal tax system.

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