Kirsten Burmester

Kirsten Burmester: Attorney with Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered
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Kirsten Burmester is a Member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office. She joined the firm in 2005, after earning her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. She holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and conducted economic analysis for a litigation consulting firm prior to law school.


Ms. Burmester's practice at Caplin & Drysdale focuses on a broad range of domestic and international tax issues, including both planning and controversy work. She has extensive experience advising high-net-worth individuals with respect to closely held businesses and international taxation issues, as well as counseling clients on a variety of general tax issues that arise in the private client practice. Ms. Burmester frequently represents foreign individuals on pre-immigration planning and structuring investments into the U.S., and advises U.S. individuals on the U.S. tax implications of offshore investment and estate planning structures. She offers guidance to businesses on international taxation issues, including subpart F issues and transfer pricing. Furthermore, Ms. Burmester counsels clients under tax examination about these various issues and represented them in audits.

Ms. Burmester also has substantial experience helping clients with the IRS's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative and representing them in audits arising from the U.S. government's enforcement effort against undeclared foreign bank accounts.

Awards & Rankings

The Legal 500, Recommended, 2017-Present
Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Washington, D.C., 2015

Recent Publications

• IRS Adds Foreign Trust Information Reporting to Compliance Campaign Program, with Arielle M. Borsos, Victor A. Jaramillo, Dianne C. Mehany, and Anne J. O'Brien, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, June 1, 2018

(republished in Global Tax Weekly )

• Paradise Papers: U.S. Citizens and Residents Required to Report on Offshore Assets, with Mark D. Allison, J. Clark Armitage, Peter A. Barnes, and Arielle M. Borsos, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, November 6, 2017
• IRS Launches Issue Based Corporate Compliance Campaigns, with Mark D. Allison, J. Clark Armitage, Niles A. Elber, and Neal M. Kochman, Global Tax Weekly, February 16, 2017
• IRS Launches 13 Issue-Based Corporate Compliance Campaigns, with Mark D. Allison, J. Clark Armitage, Niles A. Elber, and Neal M. Kochman, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, February 3, 2017
• Treasury Issues Regulations Addressing Use of LLCs to Disguise Beneficial Ownership, with Scott D. Michel and J. Clark Armitage, International Law Office, January 20, 2017
• Tax Plans Compared (December 2016) Corporate Tax, with Jonathan S. Brenner, Mark D. Allison, Richard W. Skillman, and Peter A. Barnes, Global Tax Weekly, January 5, 2017
• Treasury Issues Final Regulations to Address Use of U.S. LLCs to Disguise Beneficial Ownership, with Scott D. Michel and J. Clark Armitage, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, December 19, 2016
• Tax Plans Compared (December 2016) Corporate Tax, with Jonathan S. Brenner, Mark D. Allison, Richard W. Skillman, and Peter A. Barnes, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, December 16, 2016
• Treasury Announces Regulations to Address Use of U.S. LLCs to Disguise Beneficial Ownership, with Scott D. Michel, Michael G. Pfeifer, H. David Rosenbloom, and J. Clark Armitage, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, April 5, 2016
• Steps Foreign Persons Can Take to Avoid Unnecessary U.S. Estate Tax, with Dianne C. Mehany and Beth Shapiro Kaufman, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, November 9, 2015
• The Final OECD BEPS Tome Has Arrived, with H. David Rosenbloom, Patricia Gimbel Lewis, J. Clark Armitage, and Peter A. Barnes, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, October 8, 2015
• Overview of the OECD'S Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting, Corporate Taxation, November 1, 2013
• Fiscal Cliff Averted: Tax Consequences for High-Net-Worth Individuals, with Beth Shapiro Kaufman, James E. Salles, and Michael G. Pfeifer, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, January 7, 2013
• 2009 Treaty Developments, with Stafford Smiley, Corporate Taxation, November 1, 2009
• The New U.S.-Italy Treaty: A U.S. Perspective, with H. David Rosenbloom, Diritto e Pratica Tributaria Internazionale, August 1, 2009
• Deductions for Non-U.S. Persons Under U.S. Income Tax Laws, with H. David Rosenbloom, International Tax Planning, March 1, 2008

Recent Speaking Engagements

•Panelist, Debate: Do Tax Treaties Matter, or Has Their Time Passed?, USA Branch of International Fiscal Association, 2019 Annual Conference, February 22, 2019
•Panelist, Cross-Border Individual Matters, The George Washington University Law School and IRS, 31st Annual Institute on Current Issues in International Taxation, December 13, 2018
•Moderator, Transfer Pricing Disputes: APAs, Audits & ICAP, International Tax Dispute Resolution & Litigation Summit, November 29, 2018
•Speaker, Nonresident Alien Tax Compliance, The Maryland Association of CPAs 2018 Advanced Tax Institute Conference, November 12, 2018
•Panelist, Recent International Tax Developments Under TCJA - Section 965, GILTI and BEAT, Committee of Banking Institutions on Taxation (CBIT), 49th Annual Fall Tax Day, October 25, 2018
•Speaker, Nonresident Alien Tax Compliance: Challenges and Planning Techniques for Tax Professionals, Strafford Publications, August 7, 2018
•Speaker, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Transfer Pricing Implications for Financial Services Companies, National Association for Business Economics, 8th Annual NABE Transfer Pricing Symposium, July 18, 2018
•Presenter, Estate Planning Under H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, STEP Mid Atlantic, January 31, 2018
•Speaker, Implications of the 2017 Tax Act: International, Bloomberg Tax, January 23, 2018
•Faculty, Avoiding Foreign Trust Throwback Tax on Distributions to U.S. Beneficiaries from Undistributed Net Income, Strafford Publications, November 28, 2017
•Panelist, Tax and Immigration: Threats and Planning for the Global Citizen, AICPA - American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, September 28, 2017
•Panelist, Mastering Form 5472: New Filing Requirements for Foreign Individuals, LLCs, and Companies, Strafford Publications, CPE/EA Webinar, May 24, 2017
•Speaker, Workshop D - Successfully Using APAs: Maximizing Opportunities & Avoiding Pitfalls, TP Minds Americas, February 23, 2017
•Panelist, Analysis of the Master/Local Files (Action 13), Tax Executives Institute Inc., 2016 U.S. International Tax Seminar - BEPS is Now, April 29, 2016
•Panelist, Using APAs to Mitigate Risk and Disputes in the Age of BEPS, TP Minds Americas, February 23, 2016
•Panelist, Mastering Form 3520: Reporting Foreign Trust Activities on U.S. Income Tax Returns, Strafford Publications, CPE/EA Webinar, July 16, 2015
•Panelist, Back-to-Basics: An Overview of International Civil and Criminal Penalties, DC Bar Tax Section, New Practitioners Committee, January 3, 2012
•Panelist, FBAR for the Fiduciary, DC Bar Tax Section, Estate Planning Committee, October 18, 2011

Recent News

•Caplin & Drysdale Honors the Women of the Firm, Caplin & Drysdale, March 8, 2019
•Kirsten Burmester Comments on Impact of Changes in U.S. Tax Law on Treaty Partners, Law360 Tax Authority, February 22, 2019
•2018 Legal 500 Distinguishes 18 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys, Firm Renews Top-Tier Firm Ranking for Tax Controversy, The Legal 500, May 31, 2018
•Law360 Quotes Peter Barnes and Kirsten Burmester: Applying Foreign Tax Credit To Repatriation A Daunting Task, Law360, January 30, 2018
•18 Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers Recognized in 2017 Legal 500 Ranking, The Legal 500, June 2, 2017
•Super Lawyers Lists Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers, Caplin & Drysdale, April 23, 2015
•Law360 Quotes Kirsten Burmester: As FATCA Slowly Rolls Out, Its Impact Is Uneven, Law360, November 20, 2014
•Michael Pfeifer and Kirsten Burmester Comment on Tax Returns of Americans Living Abroad Under Scrutiny, MainStreet, November 10, 2014
•Tax Notes Today Quotes Kirsten Burmester: Toward a Solution to the PFIC Problem, Tax Notes Today, April 14, 2014
•Caplin & Drysdale Strengthens Global Tax and Litigation Services, Caplin & Drysdale, January 8, 2014

Areas of Practice (5)

  • International Tax
  • Business
  • Private Client
  • Tax Controversies
  • Investment & Transactional Tax

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(202) 862-7826  Phone
University Attended:
The University of Chicago, B.A., 1999
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2005; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., with distinction, 2012
Year of First Admission:
2007, District of Columbia; 2005, Virginia

Other Professional Affiliations

Member, U.S. Council for International Business

Member, Leadership Advisory Committee, National Women's Law Center, 2017-2018


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