Michael Dolan

Director, IRS Policies & Dispute Resolution


Mike Dolan became a member of KPMG LLP’s Washington National Tax practice in 2000. He brought with him nearly 30 years of tax administration experience—28 of which were gained with the Internal Revenue Service. During the last six years of his IRS career, Mike served as the IRS deputy commissioner with two extended appointments as acting commissioner. As deputy commissioner, Mike supervised all IRS headquarters and field activities. He possesses a broad knowledge of IRS operations, procedures, and personnel.

Mike works extensively with a broad range of the firm’s clients to resolve their federal tax disputes and complex IRS practice and procedure issues. He represents clients in IRS examinations and appeals—both within the traditional environment and under the alternative Limited Issue Focused Examination (LIFE), Compliance Assurance Process (CAP), and Fast Track appeals procedures. Mike also has significant experience with other IRS alternative dispute resolution approaches, and he has assisted clients in achieving agreements under the Industry Issue Resolution (IIR) and Pre-filing Agreement (PFA) programs. In addition to his controversy work, Mike assists clients in identifying the opportunities and risks that are associated with specific IRS compliance initiatives and the agency’s numerous structural, procedural, and operating changes.

Prior to becoming deputy commissioner, Mike held a series of key district, regional, and headquarters executive positions. As the senior IRS career executive, Mike interacted extensively with the most senior officials of the Treasury and Justice departments and represented the United States before the principal international tax administration bodies. Between leaving the IRS and joining KPMG, Mike was engaged by the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank to provide tax administration technical assistance in Eastern Europe and South America.

Mike is a frequent speaker and writer on a wide range of IRS practice, procedure, and dispute resolution topics. During his IRS career, he testified before the congress on numerous occasions and he has dealt extensively with the media. He is a member of the advisory board of the Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure, to which he contributes a regular IRS Watch column and he writes frequent articles for the Tax Practice & Procedure section of The Tax Adviser.

Mike is a member of the Taxation section of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and is a past chair of AICPA’s IRS Practice & Procedure Committee. He is a member of the Tax sections of the American Bar Association and the DC Bar Association, and is a trustee of the American Taxation Association. Mike has a BS degree from University of Notre Dame and a JD degree from George Washington University.

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