The Institute appointed Thomas P. Ochsenschlager, CPA, vice-president of taxation in December. In this role, he will collaborate with the tax executive committee on the development of AICPA tax-policy positions, on shaping and communicating the Institute’s initiatives in tax matters and on providing members with tax products and services. His responsibilities also will include acting as liaison to the national office of the IRS and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Tax Policy, as well as working closely with congressional tax committees on tax-related issues. Other functions within his purview are the management of tax relations with state CPA societies and the provision of guidance for the activities of AICPA volunteer committees, technical resource panels and the tax division’s professional staff.
Ochsenschlager is currently a member of the AICPA tax executive committee and an editor of the Tax Clinic column in The Tax Adviser . He will report directly to Alan Anderson, senior vice-president of member and public interests, and succeeds Gerald W. Padwe, CPA, who recently retired. For four consecutive years, Accounting Today magazine identified Ochsenschlager as one of the nation’s 100 most influential accountants. He is a member of the Virginia Bar Association.
Prior to joining the Institute, Ochsenschlager was a partner with Grant Thornton LLP in Washington, D.C., serving as a liaison between the firm’s offices and the national office of the IRS. Before that, he was a member of Arthur Young and Co.’s Washington, D.C., tax practice.