Danielle Rolfes

Partner in Charge, Washington National Tax

KPMG in the U.S.

Danielle Rolfes is partner in charge of the KPMG Washington National Tax practice, the technical core of the firm’s Tax practice in the United States. She also serves as Tax Policy Lead for the Americas.

Danielle advises multinational clients on the U.S. international tax aspects of their structures, operations, and transactions. In particular, she has extensive experience advising on issues relating to U.S. and global tax policy, tax treaties, expense allocation, source of income rules, and foreign tax credits. She is a frequent speaker on these topics at KPMG and industry events.

Prior to joining KPMG in 2017, Danielle served as International Tax Counsel at the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy. In that role, she was the principal legal adviser to the Assistant Secretary of Tax Policy and other Treasury officials and led the Office of the International Tax Counsel, whose attorneys provide legal advice and analysis on all international tax issues, including developing and reviewing legislative proposals, promulgating regulations and administrative guidance in consultation with the IRS, and negotiating tax treaties. She also served as a U.S. delegate to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, with active involvement in the formulation of the policies now referred to as BEPS 1.0.

Prior to joining the Treasury Department, Danielle was a partner at a law firm, where she advised multinational corporations on international tax planning, controversy, and compliance matters.

  • LLM, with distinction, Georgetown University Law Center

  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School

  • BS Accountancy, summa cum laude, Wright State University

  • In law school, Danielle served as editor of Harvard Law Review.

  • 1997: Gold Medal Winner, highest score November CPA examination (Ohio)

  • District of Columbia Bar

  • Licensed CPA–DC; VA

  • • Executive Committee, IFA USA Branch • Steering Group, IFA DC Region • ABA Nominating Committee • Board member, Wright State University Foundation • Board member, Tax Analysts • 2010-2012: Tax Executive Committee, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants • 2010-2012: Vice Chair, Foreign Lawyers Forum, American Bar Association • 2009-2012: Tax Section Steering Committee, District of Columbia Bar Association • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; District of Columbia Bar Association