Jim Ramstad, former Chairman of IRS Oversight Committee, joins alliantgroup as a Senior Advisor
alliantgroup, LP, an independent specialty tax firm which helps businesses reap the full benefits of federal and state tax incentives, announced today that former Congressman Jim Ramstad (R-MN), who was Chairman of the influential IRS Oversight Committee, has joined the firm as a Senior Advisor. Ramstad is the latest high-profile addition of tax expertise to the firm, joining former IRS Commissioner Mark Everson and former Senate Finance Counsel Dean Zerbe in the company’s leadership ranks.
“Our mission is to give clients the best tax expertise available and to be their voice in Washington, and Congressman Ramstad has the precise background and experience to help us deliver that for them. He not only knows the code, but he knows how it was designed to help businesses large and small. For a man with unlimited career options, we’re very pleased that he chose to join alliantgroup,” said Dhaval Jadav, chief executive officer of alliantgroup.
“I’m proud to be associated with alliantgroup and the critical service they provide not only to businesses, but to our economy and to the creation of American jobs. Helping small and mid-sized companies grow has been a focus of my career, and alliantgroup is dedicated to that same mission,” said Rep. Ramstad.
Mark Everson, alliantgroup Vice-Chairman and most recent Commissioner of the IRS, added: “I have had the pleasure of working with Jim for a number of years, and he has a keen appreciation of the important role that tax incentives play in the success and growth of small and medium-sized businesses, which are vital to our economy.”
Ramstad brings a wealth of experience to the firm (bio follows this release), including:
Senior member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee
Chairman of the IRS Oversight Committee
Member of the Health and Trade Subcommittees
Member of the Small Business Committee
Member of the Joint Economic Committee
Resident Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
Adjunct Professor of Government at American University
Co-Chair of the House Medical Technology Caucus
Biography of U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad
Jim Ramstad served as a Member of Congress from Minnesota from 1991 until 2009. He was a Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Health Subcommittee, and Ranking Member of the Oversight Subcommittee. Jim also co-chaired the Addiction Treatment and Recovery Caucus, Disabilities Caucus, Law Enforcement Caucus, and Medical Technology Caucus.
Congressman Ramstad was chief co-sponsor of the landmark Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Parity Act, which became law in 2008. Jim was named “Legislator of the Year” by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors in 1998, by the National Mental Health Association in 1999, and by the National Association of Police Organizations in 1997 and 2000. Ramstad is also the 1998 recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Public Service Award.
Jim Ramstad was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, a third generation member of a small business family. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1968 (Phi Beta Kappa) and his J.D. (with Honors) from George Washington University in 1973.
Congressman Ramstad served his country as a First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Reserve (1968-75). He is a former Criminal Justice attorney (1973-78) and Adjunct Professor of government and Constitutional law (1975-78). Prior to his election to Congress, Jim served three terms in the Minnesota Senate, where he was Assistant Minority Leader (1981-90).
In 2009, Ramstad was a Resident Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Jim currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Hazelden Foundation and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He is also a board member of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and the Center for Integrated Behavioral Health Policy at George Washington University.
Ramstad is a co-founder of the Lake Country Food Bank and a member of American Legion Post 118, Plymouth Lions Club, and the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce.
Jim and his wife Kathryn have one daughter, Christen, a graduate of Colorado College, and are members of Wayzata Community Church.
Fullbright Distinguished Public Service Award
Legislator of the Year from many sponsoring organizations
The Guardian of Small Business Award (National Federation of Independent Business)
The Hero of the Taxpayer award (Americans for Tax Reform)
Taxpayer Hero (Citizens Against Government Waste)