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The New Chief Legal Counsel at the IRS Really Sucks at Burning Bridges

a graceful dancer blocking a revolving door in NYC for art or something

Should you quit during busy season? It’s a question that has plagued Big 4 accountants since the dawn of billable hours.

While the consensus used to be that quitting during busy season makes you a tremendous piece of shit without exception, attitudes toward bailing at the worst possible time have changed over the years. It’s still frowned upon and considered rude but perhaps not the permanent reputation killer it once was. However, any would-be jumpers should know the colleagues they leave behind will continue to disparage them behind their back for years to come. YEARS. And you probably won’t be invited back.

Sometimes it’s worth it to stick it out. This applies strictly to high performers who care about these sorts of things and like to leave the door cracked open in case they want to return at some point. Like Marjorie Rollinson, the newest IRS hire.

Pictured: dramatic recreation of the Big 4 revolving door

Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke very highly of her in this statement just before her confirmation as IRS chief legal counsel last Thursday:

First off, Ms. Rollinson has the right experience necessary to do this job at a high level. She has decades of tax and management experience, both in the private sector and in public service. In fact, after many years in private practice, she spent several years of the last decade in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.

First she served as Technical Deputy Associate Chief Counsel and then as Associate Chief Counsel, both times on international tax issues. And trust me, you don’t earn those job titles without real expertise in tax law, down to the finest details that leave most of us scratching our heads. All this experience is a big reason why she got bipartisan support in the Finance Committee.

FIRST first she served a 26-year sentence at EY, exiting in 2013 as a principal. From there she went to the IRS, did five years, and returned to EY for a short stint of three years.

Marjorie Rollinson has a helluva resume

And now she’s back at the IRS.

“Marjorie Rollinson is an excellent pick for this job. She’s experienced, she’s highly qualified and she’s got the technical expertise. She’ll also be the first woman to serve in this role,” said Wyden in his remarks.

“The Treasury Department is pleased to see the Senate confirm Marjorie Rollinson to the key post of IRS Chief Counsel with bipartisan support,” said Treasury spokesperson Haris Talwar to Federal Times. “With decades of experience in the private and public sectors, including at the IRS, she will hit the ground running. As IRS Chief Counsel, Marjorie will play a critical role in ensuring the fair and effective implementation of our tax laws as well as in our efforts to modernize the IRS over the next several years.”

Be funny if PwC poaches her from the IRS eh?