Caroline L. Harris

Vice President, Tax Policy & Economic Development
Chief Tax Policy Counsel

Caroline L. Harris is vice president, tax policy and economic development, and chief tax policy counsel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She directs the development, promotion, and publication of the Chamber’s policy on tax-related matters. Additionally, she works with other Chamber policy centers in their efforts to advance specific policies to improve economic growth.

She analyzes tax legislation, other legislation with revenue-raising provisions and growth impacts, and tax reform proposals, and submits comments, Hill letters, and testimony to Congress and regulatory agencies. Harris routinely meets with members of Congress and their staffs, the administration, and regulatory agencies to promote the Chamber’s tax policy.

Harris also frequently speaks to business leaders, local chambers of commerce, other trade associations, and member companies to educate them on the Chamber’s tax policy priorities, the current legislative outlook, and other pro-growth initiatives. She regularly meets with Chamber members to assess what provisions affect their businesses.

In addition, Harris publicizes the Chamber’s tax policy through media communications with the Dow Jones and the Financial Times. She contributes opinion pieces in notable newspapers, such as The Washington Post and The Washington Times and comments on tax policy on national television networks, including Bloomberg and Fox Business. Harris serves as the Committee Executive for the Chamber’s Taxation Committee and represents the Chamber on the Steering Committee of several national tax coalitions.

Harris is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. She is a member of the American Bar Association and its Tax Section. Harris received a B.A. in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her J.D. from The George Washington University School of Law. She received a Master of Laws in Taxation, with distinction, from the Georgetown University Law Center. Harris hails from Philadelphia and currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Ethan, and their two dogs, Baron and Teddy

 

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