Taylor Cortright

Managing Director and Co-Leader, Federal Excise Tax Group


Taylor Cortright provides excise tax consulting services and assistance with IRS excise tax controversies, covering a wide range of excise taxes including manufacturers taxes (e.g., taxable fuel, tires, and medical devices), air transportation taxes, environmental taxes (e.g., ozone-depleting chemicals, oil spills, and superfund), retail taxes (e.g., alternative fuels and heavy trucks and trailers), foreign insurance tax, and alcohol, biodiesel, and alternative fuel credits.

Prior to joining KPMG LLP (KPMG) in October 2010, Taylor spent 11 years at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. Most recently, she spent more than six years as a senior attorney in the Excise Tax Branch, where she was responsible for IRS published guidance on excise taxes (revenue rulings, revenue procedures, etc.), technical advice to IRS excise tax agents, and letter rulings to taxpayers. Taylor also worked closely with the Treasury Department in developing regulations and legislation in the excise tax area.  Before that, she was she was a senior attorney for the Associate Area Counsel (Small Business and Self-Employed) in Washington, D.C., preparing and litigating cases before the United States Tax Court.  In both positions, she worked closely with the Justice Department in developing the government’s litigation positions. As an IRS attorney and one of the principal legal advisers to the IRS Commissioner on excise tax matters, she developed a thorough understanding of the procedural and administrative aspects of federal taxation in general, and federal excise taxes in particular.

Talor earned an LLM degree in taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown University, and a JD degree from the University of Oklahoma.

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