Tax Analysts has worked tirelessly for 50 years to uphold its mission: to shed light on tax policy and administration through aggressive, unbiased reporting and informed commentary from leaders in the field. We remain fervently committed to producing Tax Notes – our portfolio of high-quality daily and weekly print and online publications—and providing open forums for public discussion of federal, state, and international taxation. As we look to the future, Tax Analysts is poised to further its mission by fueling the tax policy debate at home and abroad through our publications and forums.
The year 2020 marked our 50th anniversary, and we celebrated this milestone at a virtual event at which we also honored Larry Gibbs—a former IRS commissioner, now a senior counsel at Miller & Chevalier, and a longtime leader in the tax world—and awarded him with the inaugural Thomas F. Field Award for Outstanding Public Service.

A sincere thank-you goes to our special guests David Kautter, Beth Tucker, Kevin Kenworthy, and Lee Sheppard for helping to make the gala truly exceptional. We are so grateful to our sponsors and to everyone who participated in the celebration, and we look forward to journeying into the next half-century with you.





Cara Griffith

Cara Griffith is president and CEO of Tax Analysts.

Cara provides strategic oversight for the direction of Tax Analysts. She has been instrumental in developing strategies to improve the Tax Notes suite of products and to aggressively pursue transparency in the administration of tax systems. Previously, Cara managed the editorial department, including the flagship daily news publications and weekly magazines. Griffith has written for a broad range of tax policy publications, including Tax Notes StateThe Tax AdviserThe Hedge Fund Law Report, and The Hill. She regularly speaks at tax conferences and other events on tax issues, on a variety of technical tax issues as well as the need for transparency in tax administration.

Griffith has a BA in political science and a BA in international studies from the University of Evansville and a JD from the George Washington University Law School.

Larry Gibbs

Larry Gibbs is a senior counsel of Miller & Chevalier in Washington.

Larry came to Washington in November 1972 when he was named an IRS deputy chief counsel by Treasury Secretary George Shultz. He served as acting chief counsel of the agency in 1973 until he was named to serve as the IRS assistant commissioner (technical). Larry left the IRS in January 1976 to become a member of Hewett, Johnson, Swanson & Barbee in Dallas. Ten years later, Larry returned to Washington when President Reagan named him IRS commissioner. In 1989 Larry returned to private practice in the Washington office of his prior Dallas law firm. He joined Miller & Chevalier in 1994.

Larry is a member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Tax Counsel, and the American Bar Association Section of Taxation. He is a former member of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, and he is an advisory trustee of the Southern Federal Tax Institute.

In 1989 Larry received Treasury’s Alexander Hamilton Award. He has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Tax Executives Institute, the Kenneth S. Liles Award for Distinguished Service from the Federal Bar Association, the Pillar of Excellence Award from the Tax Council Policy Institute, and the Distinguished Service Award of the ABA tax section. In 2016 he received the Tax Legend Award from the Texas State Bar Tax Section.

Larry has been consistently recognized for his expertise in the federal tax area by his inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA and has lectured on tax-related subjects throughout his career.

Larry received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and an LLB from the University of Texas School of Law.

David J. Kautter

David J. Kautter served as the Treasury assistant secretary for tax policy from August 2017 until January 2021.

In that role, Mr. Kautter was responsible for developing and implementing federal tax policies and programs, reviewing regulations and rulings to administer the Internal Revenue Code, negotiating tax treaties, and providing economic and legal policy analysis for domestic and international tax policy decisions.  He provided revenue estimates for the president's budget, fiscal policy decisions, and cash management decisions. In addition, Mr. Kautter was responsible for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The bureau enforces and administers laws covering the production, use, and distribution of alcohol and tobacco products.  It also collects excise taxes for firearms and ammunition.

Previously, Mr. Kautter was the partner in charge of RSM’s Washington National Tax practice.  Before that, Mr. Kautter was the managing director and inaugural leader of the Kogod Tax Center at American University, where he was also executive in residence in the Department of Accounting and Taxation at the Kogod School of Business.  Before leading the Kogod Center, he was with Ernst & Young for over 30 years. During that time, he served as the director of national tax and was the firm’s lead specialist in the taxation of compensation and benefits. Mr. Kautter has published more than 50 articles on various areas of federal taxation.

Mr. Kautter also served as tax legislative counsel for former U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth.  He advised Sen. Danforth, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, on matters affecting taxation, securities law, and banking regulation and drafted the original version of the research and development tax credit.

Mr. Kautter holds a JD from Georgetown University Law School and a bachelor of business administration with high honors from the University of Notre Dame.