History and Purpose
The American College of Tax Counsel is a professional association of tax attorneys. Formed in 1981, membership in the American College of Tax Counsel is limited to a maximum of 700 tax attorneys across the United States.
Membership in the College is an honor reserved for those at the top of their chosen profession. The College’s members, called “Fellows,” are tax lawyers working in private law firms and in house legal departments, teaching tax in law schools, or working in federal or state revenue agencies. They are recognized for their extraordinary accomplishments and professional achievements and for their dedication to improving the practice of tax law. Fellows must be nominated by their peers for this honor. Self-nomination is not permitted. Each nominee must satisfy the established criteria and pass a rigorous screening process before he or she becomes a Fellow.
The College is a non-profit corporation and is governed by its 19 member Board of Regents. In addition to the four members of the College’s Executive Committee, one Regent is elected from each of the thirteen federal judicial circuits and two Regents are elected to serve at large.
The purposes of the American College of Tax Counsel are:
To foster excellence and to elevate professional standards in the practice of tax law;
To stimulate skills development and knowledge through participation in continuing legal education programs and seminars;
To provide for input by the tax bar into the development of tax laws; and
To facilitate the scholarly discussion and examination of tax policy issues.