Barbara M. Angus is a Principal with Ernst & Young LLP and is EY’s Global Tax Policy Leader. In this role, her focus is engaging with clients and governments on tax policy development and implementation across the globe. She is based in Washington, D.C.
Barbara previously was Chief Tax Counsel for the Committee on Ways and Means of the United States House of Representatives. She was appointed by then-Chairman Brady in February 2016 and served in that role until the close of the 115th Congress in January 2019. She had responsibility for work on all tax matters before the Committee and played a key role in the development and enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017Barbara was the International Tax Counsel for the Office of Tax Policy, United States Department of the Treasury, from 2001 to 2005. In that position, she was the federal government's principal legal advisor on all aspects of international tax policy, including development of legislation, promulgation of regulations and administrative guidance, and negotiation of tax treaties, and she also represented the United States in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development as a Vice Chair of the Committee on Fiscal Affairs. Earlier in her career, Barbara was the Business Tax Counsel for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, with primary responsibility for all international aspects of tax legislation and for analysis of tax treaties considered by the Senate.
Barbara also has extensive private sector experience, including forming and operating a consulting firm that developed legislative and regulatory solutions for multinational clients across the spectrum of tax issues. She was a national partner in the federal tax policy group at another Big Four firm and was a partner with Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago.
Barbara received a Distinguished Service Award from the Tax Foundation in 2018. She was included in the list of ten Outstanding Women in Tax published by Tax Analysts in 2016. She has been an adjunct professor in the tax L.L.M. programs at Georgetown University Law Center, DePaul University College of Law, and Chicago-Kent College of Law. She also was a founding member of an all-lawyer comedy troupe in Chicago.
Barbara received an A.B. (mathematics and economics), magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Dartmouth College. She received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. She received an M.B.A. (finance and accounting), with high honors, from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.