HOUSTON, TX. FEBRUARY 18, 2015 – alliantgroup is proud to announce the addition of Catherine Barre, former Senior Advisor to the IRS Deputy Commissioner, to the firm’s Strategic Advisory Board. An executive with over 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, Barre will be working with the firm’s alliantnational office in Washington D.C. Barre will be leveraging her experience for the benefit of CPAs and U.S. businesses, offering her counsel regarding Treasury, IRS and overarching tax policy issues.

“I could not be happier to join alliantgroup,” said Barre. “As someone who has experience in both the federal government and in the private sector, I know the impact that tax policy has in driving the decisions of U.S. businesses. I look forward to advising on legislative and regulatory tax matters.”

During her time in public service, Barre established herself as a foremost authority in tax policy. From 2011-2014, Barre held her position as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner for the IRS, U.S. Department of Treasury. Barre also previously served as a Tax Counsel for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, where she was intimately involved in the development of tax legislation.

“Cathy is a recognized leader in the world of corporate taxes and financial products,” said Dean Zerbe, former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and alliantgroup National Managing Director. “Her expertise and insight will be invaluable to our clients and CPA partnerships.”

In addition to her tenure with the federal government, Barre has had a long career in the private sector as a legal, financial and business management consultant. From 2007-2011, she was the Director, Associate General Counsel and Tax Counsel for Legg Mason Global Asset Management, a Baltimore based global investment management firm. She was also an Associate Counsel for the Investment Company Institute and an Associate for the international law firm Covington & Burling LLP. After receiving her degree from the Wharton School, she began her career as a CPA in public accounting.

“In her endeavors in both the public and private sectors, Cathy has a proven track record of implementing strategies and building relationships across a diverse array of clients, policymakers and stakeholders,” said Shane T. Frank, alliantgroup COO. “I look forward to what she will be able to accomplish on the behalf of U.S. businesses in her new role with alliantgroup.”

A division of alliantgroup, alliantnational assists CPAs and U.S. businesses alike in navigating difficult tax matters, offering both representation and support while working with IRS and state tax officials. Comprised of a world class team of former IRS executives, congressional staffers, technical experts and experienced litigators, alliantnational provides support in a number of specialized areas, including audit and credit defense, controversy services, domestic and international tax planning and tax exempt services. Led by the experience of former IRS executives Steven Miller, Mark W. Everson and Kathy Petronchak and former Senior Counsel to the Senate Finance Committee Dean Zerbe, alliantnational has the knowledge and experience to help CPAs and their clients successfully navigate the tax code.