Aaron Vaughan is a Senior Manager in KPMG LLP (KPMG)’s Tax Controversy practice. He handles controversies at all levels of the IRS, including exams and appeals, and represents both foreign and domestic corporations on a wide range of technical and procedural issues.
Aaron joined KPMG in 2017 after nearly a decade as an attorney in the IRS Chief Counsel’s Large Business & International division. In the government and at KPMG, he has handled tax disputes in a broad range of industries, including technology, real estate, banking, automotive and pharmaceutical, as well as tax disputes involving high net worth individuals.
Aaron now advises clients in federal examinations and IRS appeals on a wide range of domestic and international tax issues, including transfer pricing disputes, foreign tax credits, domestic production activities deductions, executive compensation, civil penalties, and foreign withholding and information returns. He has particular expertise in federal tax procedures and IRS policies that apply to federal income tax controversies, including alternative dispute resolution procedures such as Pre-Filing Agreements, Fast Track settlement, and Advance Pricing Agreements.
While with the government, Aaron provided legal and strategic advice to IRS examiners, economists and Appeals Officers in tax disputes involving large and midsize corporations. He also represented the IRS in complex multimillion and multibillion dollar litigation, including Amazon.com v. Commissioner(transfer pricing) and Altera v. Commissioner (transfer pricing and regulatory validity), Aries Communications v. Commissioner (executive compensation), A Plus International v. Commissioner(transactions with international affiliate), Korea Times Los Angeles v. Commissioner (business valuation) and Moskowitz v. United States (variance doctrine and TEFRA limitations periods). He received the Attorney General’s award for Special Contributions to the Department of Justice Tax Division in 2012, and the Chief Counsel National Award for Outstanding Litigation in 2014.