With a career that spans both government and private practice, Carol Tello helps multinational companies and individuals navigate the complex and rigorous realm of international taxation. Her practice includes a broad range of cross-border tax planning and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) controversy matters, including compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
Balancing the concurrent goals of minimizing tax consequences and complying with the law, Carol brings experience in cross-border restructuring transactions, inbound corporate transactions, withholding matters and treaty interpretation issues, as well as cross-border taxation of corporate executives and the U.S. taxation of non-U.S. citizens. She also advises clients on tax issues involving intellectual property transactions.
Before joining Sutherland, Carol worked in the IRS Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International) and as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner (International). She participated in a number of income tax treaty negotiations, was the IRS National Office adviser in several U.S. Tax Court cases, and worked on various regulations and other guidance, including significant participation in developing regulations concerning the taxation of software transactions. Carol is the author of the BNA Treatise “Payments Directed Outside the United States – Withholding and Reporting Provisions Under Chapters 3 and 4.”
Awards and Rankings
Recognized as one of the top "Women in Business Law" for Tax by Expert Guides (2014-2016)
Recognized as one of the top 20 in Tax in the United States in Women in Business Law, a Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers (2012-2013)
Recognized in The Guide to World’s Leading Tax Advisers (2011, 2014)
Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel
Council Director, ABA Section of Taxation
Vice Chair, International Programs – Europe, CLE Committee of the ABA Tax Section
Member, IRS/GWU Advisory Board
Past Immediate Chair, Section of Taxation FAUST Committee, American Bar Association (2011-2013)
Member, Executive Committee, IFA USA Branch
D.C. Regional Vice President, USA Branch of the International Fiscal Association (IFA)
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Member, Task Force on International Tax Reform, Tax Section, American Bar Association (which published its report in The Tax Lawyer in 2006)