Linda Stiff, a former IRS acting commissioner, has now joined PricewaterhouseCoopers, along with some other former agency officials.

Stiff, who has also worked as the IRS’s deputy commissioner for services and enforcement during her 30-year career with the agency, supervised more than 80,000 employees, and all examination and collection activities, including the Large and Mid-Size Business Division. 

Also joining PwC in April is former IRS LMSB deputy commissioner/international Barry Shott, who will serve as a specialist in international tax controversy matters. Shott, who comes to PwC after 35 years at the IRS, also served as its U.S. Competent Authority, where he was responsible for implementing tax treaty and information-exchange agreements and engaging with foreign governments and taxpayers in resolving cross-border tax disputes. 

Both will join a PwC practice specializing in tax controversies and dispute resolution co-led by Kevin Brown and David Swenson.

Like Stiff, Brown was also a former acting IRS commissioner. He stepped into that role after the departure in May 2007 of Mark Everson, who left the IRS to become CEO of the American Red Cross. Brown followed him in July 2007, taking a post as the American Red Cross’ COO, but he left after Everson was ousted in November 2007 for engaging in an affair with an employee.

Brown joined PwC in December 2008. With more than 20 years of government experience, most recently as the IRS acting commissioner and deputy commissioner for services and enforcement, he also held other high-level management positions while at the IRS, including commissioner of the Small Business/Self Employed Division and chief of staff to the commissioner.


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