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James G. Hartford

Internal Revenue Service
Special Counsel (Litigation), Office of the Chief Counsel, Large Business & International (LB&I)
Washington, DC, USA

Jamie currently serves as the Special Counsel (litigation) with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel (Large Business & International) in Washington, DC.  In this role, he assists with IRS’s most complex litigation matters.  He also provides legal advice to the IRS on a myriad of issues.  He assumed that role in August 2017, having most recently served as a special counsel in the Associate Chief Counsel’s Office (Procedure & Administration).  He joined the Office of Chief Counsel in 2009, serving as an attorney and then senior counsel in P&A.  Prior to joining P&A he was Of Counsel with Thompson Hine in Washington, DC (2007-2009).  Before joining Thompson Hine, he was with PwC and then Ernst & Young in their national tax offices, in the international and tax controversy practices (1999-2007).  Mr. Hartford served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Paul Foti and late Barry Schaller on the Connecticut Appellate Court (1998-99).

Jamie has years of experience dealing with the reportable transaction and material advisor regimes from both the government and private sector sides.  He co-authored the BNA Portfolio, Reportable Transactions, is the primary drafter of the section 6707 regulations, and Notices 2010-62 and 2014-58, dealing with the Service’s interpretation of the codified economic substance doctrine under section 7701(o).  He has litigated cases in the U.S. Tax Court, and been on the trial team of a large corporation in district court in a tax shelter refund action. 

Jamie received his LL.M (Tax) from Georgetown in 2000, his J.D. cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of law in 1998, and his B.A. in Political Science from Revelle College at the University of California, San Diego in 1993.


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