Washington (Dec. 12, 2003) -- The American Institute of CPAs has tapped former Grant Thornton partner Thomas P. Ochsenschlager as vice president of taxation.

He replaces Gerry Padwe, who retired from the institute after 10 years. In his new role, Ochsenschlager will work with the Tax Executive Committee in developing AICPA tax policy positions, shaping and communicating the institute’s initiatives in tax matters, and providing tax products and services for members. He will also be responsible for interaction with the federal government on tax-related issues, acting as a liaison with the national office of the Internal Revenue Service and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Tax Policy, and working closely with congressional tax committees on tax-related issues. He will also be responsible for tax relations with state CPA societies and helping guide the work of AICPA volunteer committees, technical resource panels and the Tax Division’s professional staff.

Ochsenschlager is a member of the AICPA Tax Executive Committee and is an editor of the Tax Clinic column in the institute’s primary tax publication, The Tax Adviser.

He will report to Alan Anderson, senior vice president of member and public interests.

“Tom brings a vast and extensive background with more than 30 years of experience in tax-related matters. His formidable knowledge will be a critical component of contributing to the AICPA’s current and future positions on tax issues,” said Anderson.

Ochsenschlager joins the AICPA from the Washington office of Grant Thornton, where he was a partner, serving as a liaison between the firm’s offices nationwide and the national office of the IRS. Prior to Grant Thornton, Ochsenschlager worked in the Washington tax practice of Arthur Young.

-- WebCPA staff

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