Jorge Castro has a decade of high-level government experience working on domestic and international tax issues at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Congress. Jorge is well-respected across the political spectrum both domestically and internationally, earning high praises for his intellect, collegiality, effectiveness, and collaborative approach. His expertise lies in tax policy, regulatory, and compliance matters. Jorge also has extensive experience working closely with foreign governments from all regions on a variety of global tax issues, particularly at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Jorge served as Counselor to the IRS Commissioner from 2010 to 2013. In that role, he served as a senior advisor to the Commissioner and collaborated with the U.S. Treasury Department on a variety of priority guidance projects, including the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). He advised the Commissioner on tax reform initiatives and legislative proposals. Jorge worked closely with senior IRS and Treasury officials to advance the agency’s domestic and international objectives.
At the international level, Jorge led the efforts of the United States at the OECD Forum on Tax Administration (FTA), a global group of tax commissioners comprised of 45 countries — including the G20. Jorge led and implemented U.S. priorities at the OECD and collaborated with a variety of countries on projects for global tax authorities to identify and influence relevant international tax trends. He also participated in bilateral and multilateral discussions with foreign governments on a wide-array of international tax matters.
Most recently, Jorge was tasked with leading the IRS Congressional investigations team on tax-exempt matters. He developed legislative strategy and managed outreach to the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, House Ways and Means Committee, and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
In November 2008, Jorge was appointed to President Barack Obama’s Presidential Transition Team, where he was a member of the Economic and International Agency Review Working Group. He played a key role in the review of international financial institutions and regional development banks.
From 2007 to 2010, Jorge served as Senior Counsel and lead economic policy advisor to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee. He was lead counsel and provided policy and technical analysis to Senator Rockefeller during the consideration and negotiation of significant economic legislation in the 110th and 111th Congress, including the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (TARP legislation), the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act.
Jorge advised Senator Rockefeller during the Finance Committee mark-up and floor consideration of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. He played a key role negotiating the revenue provisions in those pieces of legislation.
From 2004 to 2007, Jorge served as Tax and Trade Counsel to the late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. He advised Congresswoman Tubbs Jones on tax, international trade, pensions, and retirement security issues.
In 2010, Tax Notes magazine profiled Jorge as one of the top “Congressional Staffers Shaping Tax Policy.”
Education & Affiliations
A native of Lima, Peru, Jorge received his B.A. from The George Washington University and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he was Articles Editor for the Wisconsin International Law Journal. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University Columbus School of Law, where he teaches a course in the Law and Public Policy Program.
Before working in Congress, Jorge practiced tax law at a leading Washington D.C. law firm. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Jorge is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. He is fluent in Spanish.