Brian Trauman

Principal, Tax


Brian Trauman is the U.S. National Transfer Pricing Leader for KPMG LLP’s Economic & Valuation Services practice, and is the Global Head for KPMG’s Transfer Pricing Dispute Resolution practice. Brian helps clients coordinate and resolve disputes and respond to the challenges that come with transfer pricing controversies, whether related to intercompany pricing between countries or between U.S. states.

Prior to joining KPMG, Brian was a partner in the tax controversy and transfer pricing practice of a multinational law firm, where he was responsible for assisting multinationals with a wide range of both U.S. and non-U.S. matters, including transfer pricing structures and supply chains, advance pricing agreements, mutual agreement procedures, documentation, intercompany agreements, and audits, appeals, and litigation. Throughout his career, his has provided services to leading companies in the automotive, agricultural, chemical, consumer electronics, entertainment, finance, oil and gas, medical device, shipping, technology, and telecommunications industries...

Brian has responded to information document requests, liaised with  exam teams, drafted protests to notices of proposed adjustments, presented cases to appeals teams, and participated on litigation teams at the state, federal, and foreign jurisdiction levels. In addition, he has interacted with Congress, the IRS, U.S. Treasury, foreign revenue authorities, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development with respect to changes to transfer pricing regulations and r guidance. Prior to joining KPMG, Brian also served as an attorney-advisor with the U.S. Tax Court.

Brian is a frequent speaker and writer on a wide range of transfer pricing and controversy topics, including IRS exam and appeals, advance rulings, competent authority, litigation, choice of administrative and judicial forum, privilege and work product, business restructurings, the IRS’s Schedule for Uncertain Tax Positions, implementing the U.S. services regulations, and valuation of intangibles., He has presented and/or written for such organizations as American Bar Association, Bureau of National Affairs, Tax Executives Institute, Organization for International Investment, International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, the U.S. Tax Court, and other events.

Brian was an adjunct professor at New York University’s LLM program (course in International Transfer Pricing), and has discussed and/or lectured on transfer pricing practices and policies with France’s Ministry of Finance, India’s Chief Commissioners on Income Tax, and the Republic of Colombia’s international tax examiners, as well as the U.S.’s Internal Revenue Service and Department of the Treasury. Brian has been recognized in Euromoney’s 2013 Guide to the World’s Leading Transfer Pricing Advisors.


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