Rick Grafmeyer joined Capitol Tax Partners in 2003 and specializes in exempt organization, executive compensation, employee benefit, and health-related issues for the firm. He also handles tax administration, tax compliance, and aviation tax issues for clients.
Most recently, Rick was part of a small group of former and current senior Congressional staff who were responsible for official proceedings activities at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Rick formerly served as the deputy chief of staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) from 1998 through 2000. He was responsible for legislation, technical studies, and published recommendations, including a study of corporate tax shelters, a comprehensive study of the penalty and interest system, and two studies on disclosures impacting tax-exempt organizations. He also was one of the leaders for the last major tax simplification study, a JCT three-volume tax simplification set of proposals covering all areas of the tax code. After serving at JCT, Mr. Grafmeyer handled tax and business issues for the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain.
Earlier during the late 1990s, Rick was nominated by President Clinton to the Social Security Administration’s Oversight Board. He also was the deputy staff director for the Senate Finance Committee responsible for tax and health care legislation before the Committee. He directed the committee and floor process for the GOP tax and health legislative agenda through the U.S. Senate after the Republicans regained the majority and is widely known as an expert on Senate and House parliamentary and Budget Act procedural and reconciliation rules.
Other than his government service, Rick has been a partner in Arthur Andersen's National Office of Federal Tax Services, as well as a partner and the National Director for Washington Tax Services for Ernst & Young in their National Tax Office.
Rick has his LLM in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, his JD from University of Akron School of Law, and his BA in accounting from Walsh College in Ohio.