A photographic portrait of David H. Kirk
Tax is like chess. It can be divided into phases. Every client and their phases are unique. We are flexible enough to be the trusted advisor for each phase, because there is no ‘one size fits all’.

David H. Kirk

National Tax Partner - Private Client Services, Ernst & Young LLP

A highly accomplished tax leader. National Tax Partner. Principal author of income tax regulations. Georgetown University Law Center adjunct professor.

Areas of focus Tax

David is a partner in the National Tax Department of Ernst & Young LLP.  Throughout his career, David has focused primarily on the income taxation of individuals, trusts, S corporations and partnerships. 

Prior to joining Ernst & Young LLP in March 2014, David was an attorney in the Passthroughs and Special Industries division of the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service. Most notably, David was the principal author of the income tax regulations under Section 1411 of the Internal Revenue Code (Net Investment Income Tax) and Revenue Procedure 2013-30 (Unified Late S Corporation Elections). David is the author of the Bloomberg-BNA Tax Management Portfolio 511-1st: Section 1411 — Net Investment Income Tax.

David earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Syracuse University and a JD from the University of Pittsburgh. He also earned a Master of Laws in Taxation (LLM) from Georgetown University Law Center and has served as an adjunct professor in the same program since 2009. David is also a member of the advisory board of AICPA's Journal of Accountancy.  David is a Certified Financial Planner, a certified public accountant in the District of Columbia, a member of the bar in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania, and a Junior Achievement instructor for a local elementary school.

How David is building a better working world

“As a Junior Achievement instructor in my local elementary school, I am teaching the next generation of leaders what a better working world is, and the power they have to continue to improve upon it.”

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