ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Kelly Phillips Erb
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ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Kelly Phillips Erb

Tax attorney, blogger and podcaster, Taxgirl

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Kelly Phillips Erb, better known to some as ‘Taxgirl’, has made a name for herself as a writer as well as an expert in US and international tax matters. Her blog and podcast have become the go-to site for individuals and businesses worried about tax compliance.

Erb’s writing in 2022 has addressed everything from the state of gender equality in the tax profession to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) controversial attempt to use of selfies for identity verification. In the latter case, the IRS decided to drop the photo requirement and give up on facial recognition technology.

Erb is a managing shareholder of the Erb Law Firm, based in Pennsylvania, where she focuses on her primary practice areas including trusts, estates and international tax planning, as well as tax controversy. Originally Taxgirl was supposed to just complement Erb’s work as a lawyer.

Erb was part of the early blogosphere when Taxgirl was launched in 2004. Taxgirl was a way of providing existing and potential clients with useful information on tax in the days before tax news alerts became widespread. But over time it has become a platform in its own right.

Almost 20 years later the site is still thriving with the addition of a podcast in 2020. Her writing has become a key part of the tax world and she shows no sign of slowing down going into 2023.

Global Tax 50 2022

Breaking down the entire 50 individually according to the impact they made would require too granular an approach. Each entry is in alphabetical order as part of categories, i.e. individuals, to make it simpler to navigate.

Industry figures
Tax authorities
Public officials
Noteworthy individuals
Vice president of global transfer pricing and tax disputes, Johnson & Johnson
Chair of tax policy group, BusinessEurope
Director and head of international tax for Meta Latin America
Head of transfer pricing, AstraZeneca
Executive vice president of global tax and treasury, Unilever
Global head of tax, Siemens
Chair of the taxation committee, USCIB
Chair of the tax committee at BIAC
Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency
Commissioner of SARS
Minister of Revenue, New Zealand
Former IRS commissioner
Commissioner of the State Tax Administration
Executive secretary of ATAF
Director of direct taxation, coordination, economic analysis and evaluation, European Commission
Minister of finance, budget and national planning, Nigeria
US president
Departing president of Brazil
Secretariat of the economy, Mexico
Acting Head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division, OECD
Co-chairs of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (UN Tax Committee)
Commissioner for the economy, European Commission
Minister of finance, Indonesia
Head of TIWB secretariat
Prime minister of Japan
US senators
Director-general of the Public Debt Management Office, Thai Ministry of Finance
Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee
Director of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration
Head of the GloBE unit, OECD
President of Colombia
Acting deputy director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Former director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Lord of Kingswood, UK
Minister of finance and corporate affairs, India
UK prime minister and chancellor of the exchequer
Chair of the Senate Finance Committee
Secretary of the US Treasury
CEO and global chairman, EY
Tax attorney, blogger and podcaster, Taxgirl
Former Uber lobbyist
Director of Tax Research UK
Director of Tax Policy Associates
CEO of Opportunity Green
Chief executive of Tax Justice Network
Acting director of TaxWatch
Former responsible tax lead at PIRC
Chief executive of Fair Tax Foundation
Director of the ICIJ
Principal analyst for CICTAR
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