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Global Tax 50 2015: Tamara Ashford

Judge, US Tax Court

Tamara Ashford
Tamara Ashford is a new entry this year

As a sitting judge of the US Tax Court, Tamara Ashford is one of the few people who can say that they were hired by the President. Not a bad accolade.

Ashford decides cases between taxpayers and the IRS and is just over 12 months into her 15-year term, having been appointed by Obama on December 19 2014, making 2015 her first full year in the role.

Ashford – one of 19 judges on the US Tax Court – holds a unique position in that she is the only female African-American judge; there are five women judges active on the US Tax Court.

Before becoming a judge, Ashford held roles at the US Department of Justice, Tax Division, as well as at the IRS and in practice with Dewey & LeBoeuf and Miller & Chevalier.

On appointment to the Tax Court, Ashford testified before the US Senate Finance Committee that her past experiences had enabled her to amass "the temperament and skills to be an independent arbiter".

Aside from her day-to-day activity in the robe, Ashford has been vocal during 2015 in discussing the role of the judiciary in protecting taxpayer rights and promoting voluntary compliance.

The Global Tax 50 2015
View the full list and introduction
The top 10 • Ranked in order of influence
1. Margrethe Vestager2. Pascal Saint-Amans
3. Wang Jun4. Arun Jaitley
5. Marissa Mayer6. Will Morris
7. Ian Read8. Pierre Moscovici
9. Donato Raponi10. 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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