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Karl L. Kellar
Of Counsel


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  • Harvard University (J.D. magna cum laude 1979); University of Houston (B.A. summa cum laude 1976)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Government Service

  • Branch Chief/Acting Director, Advance Pricing Agreement Program, Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International), Internal Revenue Service (1996-2000); Trial Attorney, Tax Division, United States Department of Justice (1979-1984)

Karl Kellar draws on more than 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors to advise clients on a wide variety of international and domestic tax issues, including transfer pricing, tax planning for international transactions, structuring international operations, and resolving tax disputes with the IRS and foreign governments.

Karl has advised multinational corporate groups concerning the structuring of their U.S. and foreign operations, including closing foreign operations to achieve a more tax-efficient structure, and the transfer of intangible assets offshore. He also has represented several multinational corporations concerning Advance Pricing Agreements and Competent Authority cases. Among many tax controversy matters Karl has handled, he has recently assisted a Silicon Valley high-tech company in resolving a large transfer pricing examination on favorable terms, a large automobile manufacturer in resolving multiple transfer pricing audits, a foreign high-tech manufacturer in resolving U.S. civil and criminal tax issues, a transportation company in resolving U.S. employment tax issues related to its foreign affiliates, and a domestic oil refinery in resolving a large motor fuels excise tax audit.

Before joining Jones Day, Karl was the acting director of the IRS Advance Pricing Agreement (APA) Program and also represented the United States before the OECD. Earlier in his career he was a tax litigator for the United States Department of Justice.

Karl has spoken at conferences and seminars on transfer pricing, the APA Program, taxation of intangibles, and other tax issues. He is coauthor of two Tax Management Portfolios dealing with transfer pricing and tax treaty issues and the Practical Guide to U.S. Transfer Pricing.

Karl Kellar