Shirley Sicilian joined KPMG in January 2014 as national director of state and local tax controversy for KPMG’s Washington National Tax practice. She oversees the delivery of indirect tax and income/franchise tax controversy services to KPMG’s clients on a nationwide basis.
Prior to joining KPMG, Shirley was general counsel for the Multistate Tax Commission, an intergovernmental agency whose membership includes 47 states and the District of Columbia. She previously served as director of policy and research, and then general counsel, for the Kansas Department of Revenue. Before working in the area of taxation, Shirley worked in public utility regulation, serving as chief of economic policy and as assistant general counsel for the Kansas Corporation Commission.
In July, 2013, Shirley received the Paul Mines Award for Outstanding Contribution to State Tax Jurisprudence. And State Tax Notes named her as a finalist for its 2013 Person of the Year, citing her as "one of the most influential legal thinkers in the field."
Shirley has been appointed to serve on a variety of advisory and deliberative boards; is a frequent writer, instructor, and speaker on state tax topics; and has authored several briefs before various State Supreme Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. Her publications include the corporate income tax chapter for State Business Taxes, a Law Journal Press publication updated semi-annually.