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Robert P.

Robert P. Hanson
Robert Hanson is EY’s Global Director of Tax Controversy and leads the Americas Tax Controversy practice. He has extensive experience in the complex area of tax controversy, and also provides strategic advice on regulatory and legislative matters.

Prior to joining EY in 2002, Rob served as Tax Legislative Counsel in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he was the chief legal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Tax Policy) on all the Administration's domestic tax legislative and regulatory initiatives. As such, he was responsible for reviewing and approving all rulings and regulations published by the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service in the areas of corporate, financial products, partnerships, S corporations, exempt organizations and bonds, trusts and estates, and individual taxes. He also assisted the Congressional tax staffs, including the Joint Committee on Taxation staff, in drafting legislative language and preparing Committee Reports.

Rob also previously served as Tax Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where he advised the Committee on a broad range of substantive tax policy issues. During his tenure, his work included advising and formulating strategy for the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (1993), and the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (1994).

Rob was a partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Ivins, Phillips & Barker, Chtd, where his practice covered transactional business planning and restructuring; legislative and regulatory lobbying; representing clients administratively before the Internal Revenue Service; and litigating a broad range of tax issues.