Host: Jon Traub, principal, Deloitte Tax LLP
While state certifications and therefore final results must await recanvassing, recounts, and legal challenges, most major media outlets have projected that former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected to serve as the nation’s forty-sixth president. What will this mean for the direction of tax policy? We’ll discuss:
- How Biden proposes to reshape the tax code.
- How the incoming 117th Congress could influence what he can get enacted into law.
- How the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic may influence his near-term agenda.
Meet the speaker
Jonathan joined the Washington National Tax office in 2012 as managing principal of its Tax Policy group. With extensive experience in the legislative arena, especially in tax policy, Jon is able to provide clients with critical insights on developments in tax policy and politics, helping them plan for anticipated legislation and the potential impacts on their businesses. He leads a team that identifies, evaluates, and monitors legislative proposals, interprets the practical issues surrounding the application of tax proposals on behalf of Deloitte’s clients, and relays those insights through multiple channels, including Tax News and Views, a weekly Deloitte Tax newsletter, and deeper dive pieces on key developments. Jonathan was previously the staff director for the Committee on Ways and Means of the US House of Representatives, his most recent senior staff position in the US House of Representatives. During his tenure as staff director for the Committee on Ways and Means, Jonathan was responsible for developing legislative policies and strategy on issues in the committee’s jurisdiction, including taxes, health care, and trade. Jonathan is a frequent speaker at events sponsored by Deloitte, Tax Executives Institute, Tax Council Policy Institute, and other tax-focused organizations. He is a board member of The Tax Council. His insights on tax policy frequently appear in The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, Politico, and Washington Post articles. Jonathan received his BA in history from Haverford College and JD from University of Virginia.
Victoria returned to Washington National Tax (WNT) in 2019 after serving as majority tax advisor for the US House Committee on Ways and Means. Victoria serves clients and the practice by providing insights on tax policy developments and consulting on a broad range of pass through tax issues, particularly those related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). As majority tax advisor for the Committee on Ways and Means, she was responsible for developing and implementing changes to the tax code in the domestic business and tax-exempt areas of the TCJA. Her Capitol hill experience includes time as the tax and trade advisor for former US Senator and Senate Finance Committee member Dean Heller of Nevada. Victoria spent the previous seven years with Deloitte, first in the Atlanta Real Estate group and later in WNT’s Tax Policy group. She is a frequent speaker at events sponsored by Deloitte and other tax-focused organizations. Victoria received her BA in accounting from University of Georgia, and her MPP from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Shahira Knight is the Managing Principal in the Policy & Government Relations (PGR) group of Deloitte LLP. She joined Deloitte in June 2019. Shahira has more than 20 years of experience in government, public policy and government affairs. Prior to joining Deloitte, she held several senior leadership roles in government, including Director of White House Legislative Affairs, where she served as the top liaison between the White House and Congress, and Deputy Director of the White House National Economic Council, where she helped coordinate the administration’s domestic economic policy agenda. Shahira also served as the top policy advisor on the House Ways and Means Committee where she directed the committee’s policy and legislative operations. During her time in the private sector, Shahira worked in the Public Affairs and Policy Group at Fidelity Investments and the policy and government relations group of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). Shahira serves on the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and was a Pritzker fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and her M.A. in Economics from George Mason University.