Stephen Larson has served since October 2007 as IRS Associate Chief Counsel - Financial Institutions & Products. This component of the Office of Chief Counsel provides legal support on tax laws involving banks, thrifts, insurance companies, and other financial institutions. It is also responsible for the tax laws relating to financial products and instruments, including options, forwards, futures contracts, debt instruments, hedging arrangements and other sophisticated financial products.
Mr. Larson received his law degree from Columbia University in 1971 and his Master degree in taxation from William & Mary in 1986. He also did his undergraduate work at the College of William & Mary. Prior to joining the Chief Counsel's Office, Mr. Larson worked in the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Tax Policy and, before that, in the Office of the General Counsel, where he served for a time as Acting General Counsel. Before joining the Treasury Department in 2004, he was Vice President and General Counsel-Special Projects for transportation giant CSX.
Mr. Larson is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Tax Section of the American Bar Association.