Key author of GOP tax law joins Ernst and Young

A former House aide who played a key role in crafting the Republicans’ 2017 tax-cut law is joining Ernst and Young (EY), the firm announced this week.

Barbara Angus, who had been chief tax counsel for House Ways and Means Committee Republicans, has been appointed global tax policy leader at EY and will focus on engaging policymakers and clients across the world, the firm said.

Angus said in a statement that she’s looking forward to advising clients as tax policy is being debated across the world following the enactment of the GOP tax law.

“I am excited about the opportunity to be part of the global EY network, providing coordinated support to clients as they participate in the global tax policy dialogue and prepare for shifts in the global tax environment,” she said.

As the top tax aide for the House’s tax-writing panel, Angus was one of the most influential congressional aides in Republicans’ successful efforts to revamp the tax code.

She joined the Ways and Means Committee staff in early 2016, just after Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyKey author of GOP tax law joins Ernst and Young Lawmakers beat lobbyists at charity hockey game Democrats step up work to get Trump tax returns MORE (R-Texas) became its chairman, and left earlier this year.

“Few in Washington match Barbara’s intelligence, leadership and work ethic,” said Brady, who is now ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee. “Her efforts changed history, helping us create a tax code that works for families and Main Street businesses.”

Angus is one of a number of prominent GOP tax aides who departed Capitol Hill after the 2017 tax law passed.

More than a half dozen others have also left Congress to work on K Street.

This is not the first time Angus has worked at EY. Prior to working for the Ways and Means Committee, she had been a principal at the firm, leading their international tax policy services.

Angus also has previously worked at the Treasury Department, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation. 

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