ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Richard Neal
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ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Richard Neal

Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee


Richard Neal, US representative from Massachusetts, has been a key ally for President Joe Biden in Congress and supported the Inflation Reduction Act in 2022. However, his role has inevitably been sucked into the drama of US party politics.

The Ways & Means Committee, alongside the Senate Finance Committee, is an important lever for any president to pull in Congress. Neal has used his role as chair of the Ways & Means Committee to shore up support for tax reform and raise scrutiny of former President Donald Trump.

Neal took over from Kevin Brady in January 2019. Brady presided over some of the work on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), whereas Neal backed the Biden administration’s efforts to build on the TCJA and increase the minimum corporate tax rate of 10.5% to 15%.

Following the controversy over the release of Trump’s tax returns, Neal supported the replacement of Charles Rettig as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. This was perceived by some observers as a move to replace Rettig for not releasing Trump’s tax returns.

The Ways & Means Committee may have secured the release of the former president’s returns, though its more substantial achievement was supporting the Inflation Reduction Act. Neal may have lost influence due to the November 2022 mid-term elections, but tax reform could be his legacy.

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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