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Tax Prom 2020: A Tribute to Congressional Staff


Every year, for 83 years, the Tax Foundation has hosted its end-of-year gala, Tax Prom. In that respect (and perhaps only in that respect!), 2020 will be no different.

Dust off your gowns and tuxes (or at least the top half of your tuxes) because for the first time ever, Tax Prom is going online. Using a state-of-the-art events platform, we’re bringing together the tax community virtually this November 19th, in the same spirit of camaraderie and celebration we do every year.

At the heart of the evening will be a special program paying tribute to Congressional Staff, the unsung heroes in Congress. These people are the glue that holds Congress together, who draft the bills, sweat the details, and work late into the night.

This one-hour, livestreamed celebration will kick off at 5 p.m. ET on November 19th and feature voices from leaders across the tax community, including:

  • The Honorable Paul D. Ryan, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ways and Means Chairman, and staffer for Rep. Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Sen. Robert Kasten (R-WI)
  • Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA), president pro tempore of the United States Senate and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee
  • Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), United States Senator
  • Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), United States Representative and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee
  • Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX), United States Representative
  • Barbara Angus, former Chief Tax Counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee
  • Kathleen Black, former tax policy adviser for Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX)
  • Jennifer DeCasper, Chief of Staff for Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
  • Aruna Kalyanam, Majority Staff Director for the House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee
  • Ken Kies, former Chief of Staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation
  • Cathy Koch, former Chief Advisor for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
  • David Morgan, former Tax and Legislative Counsel for Ways and Means Committee Member Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-LA)
  • Lindy Paull, former Chief of Staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation
  • Ji Prichard, current Tax Counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee
  • Cary Pugh, former Tax Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee and Special Counsel to the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service
  • Amy Roberti, former Tax Counsel to Rep. John Larson (D-CT)
  • Bob Shapiro, former Chief of Staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation
  • George Yin, former Chief of Staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation

If you’re tired of all-day Zoom-a-thons, in addition to this one-hour tribute, Tax Prom 2020 will also offer unique and fun ways to connect with the who’s who of the tax community throughout the evening.

Tax Prom 2019 Was Joined by

It may not be as elegant as rubbing elbows at the National Building Museum, and food and drinks will be on you this year, but our online event platform will still offer:

  • A browsable list of all event attendees and the ability to send one-on-one messages
  • Virtual “cocktail hours” before and after the featured livestream
  • Additional video content featuring interviews with leading staffers and members
  • Numerous sponsorship opportunities, which you can read more about here

To reserve your spot for Tax Prom 2020, click one of the links below.

For more information about attending as a member of Congress, legislative staffer, or executive branch official, please contact Tyler Parks at

For more information about becoming a sponsor of Tax Prom 2020, please contact Aida Vazquez-Soto at