For many companies, tax risk has a direct correlation to brand and reputation.

Howard Adams Howard Adams

EY Global Tax Controversy Desk Leader

Experienced tax litigator and controversy professional. Part-time musician. Full-time connoisseur of wine, food, family and friends.

Howard is a tax lawyer with more than 25 years of experience. Currently, he leads the Global Tax Controversy Desk in New York, focusing on helping multinationals address tax controversy risk in multiple jurisdictions.

Howard previously served for more than 10 years as EY Asia-Pacific Tax Controversy Leader. Based in Australia as a partner of the Sydney office, he focused on revenue litigation and alternative dispute resolution, revenue authority investigations, administrative law remedies and designing and implementing tax controversy risk frameworks and tax governance policies.

Howard’s philosophy is that we can offer clients an end-to-end tax controversy service by which we help manage tax examinations technically, forensically and strategically to obtain superior results.

Howard is a solicitor of the High Court of Australia, a barrister of England and Wales and has been a partner of EY member firm since 2004. He graduated with honors with an LLB.

How Howard is building a better working world

Howard is committed to taking a tax approach that prevents controversy in the first place by tracking and ensuring compliance with the myriad (and ever-changing) tax laws in all countries of operation. However, it is inevitable that some disputes will arise, so having processes in place to contain and efficiently resolve them is critical. In this new tax risk environment, being proactive is the best defense for businesses that seek to limit uncertainty and minimize the potential for significant controversy.

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