Biography

Chris has been practicing public accounting since 1988 beginning her career in the federal tax practice, andspecializingin international tax planning for inbound and outbound businesses for more than 15 years. Sitting in the Silicon Valley office and generally supporting our Northern California region, Chris works with a variety of clients in the technology, agriculture and manufacturing industries. One of her favorite types of clients are startups, both domestic and foreign, where Moss Adams has a specialty in assisting these innovative companies with structuring their venture financing through offshore holding structures.

Chris is a member of Moss Adams India Practice and Latin America Practice services teams and she serves as the firm’s Latin America tax services liaison, ensuring seamless global relationships for clients.

Chris has been involved with the AICPA for over 10 years and is currently the chair of the AICPA’s Passive Foreign Investment Company Task Force (PFIC). She is also past chair of the International Tax Technical Resource Panel which submits guidance and recommendations to the IRS and Treasury on international tax matters which has lately been focused on the international aspects of US tax reform.

Selected Publications

  • "Section 958(b)(4) Repeal and Potential for Increased 1099 Reporting Obligations" (Moss Adams Insight, June 2019)
  • "International Taxes Become More Complicated with Required Calculation of Transaction Tax on Offshore Earnings" (Moss Adams Insight, January 2018)
  • "Key Considerations for Operating Abroad" (GeekWire.com, November 2017)
  • "India Implements a Comprehensive Goods and Services Tax that May Affect US Companies’ International Tax Liability" (Moss Adams Insight, September 2017)
  • "Q3 Tax Update for Technology, Clean Technology, Life Sciences, and Communications and Media Companies" (Moss Adams Insight, September 2017)
  • "Preparing Your Company for the Impact of the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Package" (Moss Adams Insight, June 2017)
  • "Watch Out for Tax Hits from Global Expansion" (CFO Magazine, March 2017)
  • "Q2 Tax Update for Technology, Clean Technology, Life Sciences, and Communications and Media Companies" (Moss Adams Insight, March 2017)

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Form 5471 Workshop – Dealing with New TCJA Complexities
    (CalCPA Webcast, June 2019)
  • UK Value-Added Tax Changes and Implications for US Sellers
    (Moss Adams Webcast, June 2019)
  • Transfer Pricing and India: Opportunities and The New Landscape
    (Moss Adams Webcast, July 2018)
  • How to structure your company for VC Financing
    (Endeavor Webinar, July 2017)
  • IC-DISCs as a Tax Arbitrage and Wealth Transfer Strategy
    (Royse University Webcast, August 2016)
  • IC-DISC, Exporting Businesses: Tax Planning Opportunities for Businesses and Individuals
    (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Silicon Valley, June 2016)
  • IC-DISC Workshop
    (Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs, December 2015)
  • Best Practice in W8, W7, FACTA, W2 and Other Administrative Forms
    (Tax Executives Institute Tax Conference, June 2015)

Professional Affiliations

  • Chair, Passive Foreign Investment Company Task Force, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Former Chair, International Tax Technical Resource Panel, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, California Society of Certified Pulic Accountants
  • Member, Tax Reform Task Force, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Education

  • BS, accounting, Santa Clara University
  • MS, taxation, Tulsa University