Chip Harter is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Tax Affairs in the Office of Tax Policy at the US Department of the Treasury. In this capacity, he is responsible, on behalf of the Assistant Secretary, for the conduct of legal and economic aspects of tax policy relative to the representation of the United States in bilateral and multilateral relations with other countries, as well as advising the legal and economic staffs within the Office of Tax Policy, other offices of the Treasury Department and other government agencies as to policy analysis and interpretation for domestic legislation and administrative guidance in all matters involving cross border taxation. Mr. Harter serves as the U.S. delegate to the Committee on Fiscal Affairs (CFA) in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (the OECD). In addition, Mr. Harter oversees the Office of Tax Policy’s participation in the various working bodies of the CFA and sits on the CFA Bureau (the CFA’s governing body). Mr. Harter also serves as the U.S. delegate to the Global Forum on Transparency.
Prior to joining Treasury, Mr. Harter was a principal in the Washington National Tax Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. During his 18 years with PwC, he engaged in a broad international tax practice advising a numerous clients on a range of issues, including structuring both inbound and outbound ventures, the establishment of efficient international structures, the formation of joint ventures and private equity funds and international mergers and acquisitions. He served as a national technical resource of PwC on tax issues relating to international financial transactions. During the 18 years prior to his joining PwC, Mr. Harter was first an associate and then a partner with the law firm of Baker & McKenzie, practicing first in its Chicago and then in its Washington D.C. office. His practice with Baker & McKenzie included both tax litigation and a broad international transactional practice.
He is a member of the American Bar Association Tax Section, the District of Columbia Bar Association Tax Section, and the International Fiscal Association. Mr. Harter has published numerous articles on international tax topics and has regularly spoken on panels on international tax issues at leading tax conferences. He graduated from Harvard College in 1977 and the University of Chicago Law School in 1980, where he was comments and articles editor on the managing board of The University of Chicago Law Review. After graduating, he clerked for the Honorable Thomas McMillen of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.