Melissa Mueller leverages her extensive government service, including working in several important positions influencing tax policy on Capitol Hill, to provide clients with an unparalleled assessment and analysis of the political and policy landscape.
Before joining Capitol Tax Partners in 2011, Melissa served on the staff of the Ways and Means Committee, first as a Tax Counsel and then as the Staff Director of the Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee under Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA). Some of the bills she contributed to during her tenure include the economic stimulus bills enacted during and after the financial crisis, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Housing Assistance Tax Act of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, as well as legislation on new foreign bank account reporting requirements (FATCA).
Previously, she served on the Senate Finance Committee staff as a Tax Counsel handling corporate and international issues as well as tax reform. Some of the enacted bills she worked on include the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004, Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005, Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act of 2005, Pension Protection Act of 2006 and Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005.
Before working for the Senate Finance Committee, Melissa served as Legislative Director for Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), now Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, developing legislation to end corporate inversions, and as Counsel for Ways and Means member Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), filing legislation to codify the economic substance doctrine. She was previously named “One of 20 Tax Staffers to Know” by Tax Notes Magazine.
Her experience on Capitol Hill also includes positions with former Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and the late-Rep. Ralph Hall of Texas. In the 109th Congress, she was a Stennis Fellow, a bipartisan leadership development program for senior staff of Congress.
Before working for Congress, she filled the post of Assistant Attorney General for the Texas Attorney General, working in Washington on federal cases and legislative matters. She also served in the first year of the Clinton Administration in the Justice Department for Attorney General Janet Reno.
Melissa earned her JD and BBA in finance from the University of Texas. Previously, she served as president of the Capitol Hill Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is currently an active member and former co-chair of the Tax Coalition, a professional association of women in tax law and policy. She is a founding member of the National Charity League – Port City Chapter, a group of mothers and daughters volunteering in the Washington area. She hails from San Antonio, Texas, and is a proud parent of 15-year old twins, Liam and Penny.