SFC Chief Tax Counsel Leaving Committee After 30 Years

The Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Deputy Staff Director and Chief Tax Counsel Mark Prater will be leaving the committee after 30 years. SFC Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, in a May 22 press release, praised Prater’s service to the committee.

“Mark has played a vital role in every major tax debate in the last quarter century,” Hatch said. “This experience, coupled with his encyclopedic knowledge of the tax code, has proved instrumental not only to the committee, but also to the conference as a whole as we ushered the passage of the largest tax rewrite in more than 30 years through Congress – we couldn’t have done it without him.”

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Jennifer Acuna will be taking Prater’s previous role of chief tax counsel for the majority. Additionally, Dr. Jeff Wrase will be serving as the new SFC deputy staff director, Hatch announced.

Prior to joining the SFC, Acuna was tax counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee. Further, Acuna was responsible for crafting tax reform for the international side of the tax code, Hatch said. “..[H]er role is essential to ensuring tax reform is implemented efficiently and as Congress intended,” he added.

By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News Staff

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