Erin M. Collins, TAS
National Taxpayer Advocate
Erin M. Collins joined the Taxpayer Advocate Service as the third National Taxpayer Advocate in March 2020. She has more than 35 years of experience in tax law, spanning 15 years in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and 20 years at KPMG, where she retired in 2019 as the Tax Managing Director in charge of KPMG’s tax controversy practice for the Western region.
As a Special Trial Attorney for the IRS, Erin was responsible for the development and litigation of high-profile, complex tax cases. She was the Industry Counsel for Savings and Loans during the time of the S&L crisis. Over a six-year period, she worked very closely with the Treasury Department, the Commissioner, the Office of Chief Counsel and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Resolution Trust Corporation. In both 1995 and 1997, she received Chief Counsel’s highest award, the National Litigation Award. In 1993, she received the Western Region’s highest Litigation Award for her outstanding achievements.
Throughout her career, she represented thousands of individuals, partnerships, small companies and corporate taxpayers on technical and procedural tax matters. She has represented clients in federal examinations and IRS appeals on domestic and international tax issues, including transfer pricing disputes, foreign tax credits, research and experimentation credit claims, net operating loss utilization calculations, restructurings, treaty interpretations, executive compensation, and application of accounting methods. She also has represented several clients before the U.S. Tax Court.
Erin was the co-author of the Practising Law Institute’s IRS Practice and Procedure Deskbook and has spoken frequently on IRS practice, procedure, controversy, and litigation matters before many professional organizations.