Richard Larkins


Richard is a former Partner in the Ernst & Young (“EY”) National Tax Department in Washington, D.C. and retired in December of 2020. Richard worked in the Capital Markets Tax Practice and specialized in the taxation of financial products and transactions for over 18 years.

Richard has nearly twenty-five years of experience in the taxation of financial products and transactions. He consulted with clients on a range of tax issues regarding the taxation of debt instruments, cross-border financing transactions, debt and equity financing, bankruptcy workouts, debt renegotiations, derivatives, hedging transactions, and securitizations.

Richard is a frequent speaker at tax conferences and has authored numerous articles on various topics related to the taxation of financial transactions.  Richard is also a contributing author to the Federal Income Taxation of Debt Instruments (2021 Edition), published by CCH.

Immediately prior to joining EY in 2002, Richard was a Principal in Arthur Andersen’s Office of Federal Tax Services in Washington, D.C. Richard has also worked in the U.S. Federal Government as an Attorney-Advisor in the Internal Revenue Service Chief Counsel’s office and as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General (Tax Division) in the U.S. Department of Justice.  In addition, Richard was an associate at two large law firms.

Richard received a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Washington (1984) and a J.D. from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (1990). Richard is admitted to the Bar in both Illinois and the District of Columbia. Richard also is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in both Washington state and the District of Columbia.

He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the National Association of Black Accountants, the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, and the D.C. Bar Association.  Richard was a member of the steering committee of the Taxation Section of the D.C. Bar Association (including a term as chair of the committee).  In addition, Richard is a past vice-chair and chair of the Financial Products Committee of the Taxation Section of the D.C. Bar Association.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Tax Program

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