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Global Tax 50 2015: Lee Sheppard

02 February 2016

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Contributing editor, Tax Analysts’ Tax Notes

Lee Sheppard
Lee Sheppard was also in the Global Tax 50 2012

For Lee Sheppard, contributing editor to Tax Analysts' Tax Notes, known for her controversial, but always interesting, methods of presenting corporate tax news and analysis, the changing international tax environment of 2015 presented more fertile ground for divisive coverage.

Originally trained as a lawyer (at Northwestern University School of Law), though she has not practised since the 1970s, Sheppard has worked at Tax Notes for 30 years after a stint at McDermott Will & Emery in Chicago.

She is regarded as having a largely 'pro-government' stance, rather than being a corporate patsy, but is not the type of character that can be easily pigeon-holed.

Not one to mince her words, Sheppard opened an article for Forbes in May with the line:

"Multinationals have too much cash. So we should tax it away from them."

Of course, her home country in the US has continued to frustrate many by its continued inaction on tax reforms. The need for corporate tax reform in the US is shaping up to be a big theme again in 2016 (even if any action ahead of November's election is out of the question) and Sheppard will again exert her influence as a contributor to, as well as commentator on, that debate.

The Global Tax 50 2015
View the full list and introduction
The top 10 • Ranked in order of influence
1. Margrethe Vestager 2. Pascal Saint-Amans
3. Wang Jun 4. Arun Jaitley
5. Marissa Mayer 6. Will Morris
7. Ian Read 8. Pierre Moscovici
9. Donato Raponi 10. Global Alliance for Tax Justice
The remaining 40 • In alphabetic order
Brigitte Alepin Andrus Ansip
Tamara Ashford Mohammed Amine Baina
Piet Battiau Elise Bean
Monica Bhatia David Bradbury
Winnie Byanyima Mauricio Cardenas
Allison Christians Rita de la Feria
Marlies de Ruiter Judith Freedman
Meg Hillier Vanessa Houlder
Kim Jacinto-Henares Eva Joly
Chris Jordan Jean-Claude Juncker
Alain Lamassoure Juliane Kokott
Armando Lara Yaffar Liao Tizhong
Paige Marvel Angela Merkel
Zach Mider Richard Murphy
George Osborne Achim Pross
Akhilesh Ranjan Alan Robertson
Paul Ryan Tove Maria Ryding
Magdalena Sepulveda Carmona Lee Sheppard
Parthasarathi Shome Robert Stack
Mike Williams Ya-wen Yang






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