Wayne Law's Elise Bean again named to international tax list
DETROIT – For the second consecutive year, Elise Bean of the Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School was named to Global Tax 50, an international list of 50 people and organizations who influenced tax policy.
Each year, International Tax Review, a publication for tax professionals, compiles this list of “who’s who of the tax world.”
Bean first came to the attention of the publication in 2015, when she served as head rapporteur for the Independent Commission for Reform of International Corporate Taxation, a group of leaders from around the world seeking reform of multinational corporate taxation.
For 29 years, Bean worked for U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In 2003, Levin appointed her as staff director and chief counsel of the committee’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which he then chaired. During her tenure on the subcommittee, Bean supported Levin-led investigations into a host of tax issues, including multinational corporate tax avoidance by Apple, Caterpillar and Microsoft, and hidden offshore bank accounts at Credit Suisse and UBS which knowingly helped their U.S. clients use those accounts to evade U.S. taxes.
Today, Bean is co-director of training and conferences for the Levin Center and teaches others how to conduct complex oversight. Levin, who retired from the Senate at the beginning of 2015, is chair of the Levin Center at Wayne Law and distinguished legislator in residence for the law school.
In 2016, on behalf of the Levin Center, Bean traveled to Brussels at the invitation of a European Parliament investigative committee to lead workshops focused on how to conduct better oversight investigations into multinational corporate tax dodging. Attendees were from the Parliament’s Committee of Inquiry to investigate the Panama Papers.
Others named to the 2016 list include Margrethe Vestager, competition commissioner for the European Commission; Pascal Saint-Amans, director of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s tax policy center; and Robert Stack, deputy assistant secretary for international tax affairs at the U.S. Treasury. To view the complete list and Bean’s full profile, visit law.wayne.edu/globaltax50.
Bean graduated from Wesleyan University and earned her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Photo: Elise Bean