The mission of the Tax Department is to guide the University in matters of international, federal, state and local taxation. The Tax Department creates and monitors policies and procedures for tax law compliance and the protection of the University’s tax exempt status.

We are responsible for: 

  • Researching international, federal, state and local tax compliance for the University;
  • The University’s federal, state and local tax returns;
  • Unrelated Business Income (UBI) monitoring and reporting;
  • Tax Exempt Bond Private Business Use (PBU) monitoring and reporting;
  • Worker classification determinations;
  • Maintaining required tax documents for Suppliers;
  • Nonresident Alien (NRA) tax withholding;
  • Issuing Form 1099-MISC and Form 1042-S;
  • Facilitating Value Added Tax (VAT) refund claims.

  • John C. Kotwicki, CPA, Associate Vice President for Tax & Special Assistant to the CFO
  • Laura D. Benner, CPA, MSL in Taxation, Director of Tax 
  • Julia E. Asel, CPA, Tax Manager
  • Lawrence H. Smith, Senior Tax Accountant
    • Non-U.S. tax withholding questions
    • Form 1042-S copies
    • Phone: 202-687-5448
  • Lucita A. Aburto, Tax Process Specialist
    • Supplier Related Questions
    • Form 1099-MISC copies
    • Phone: 202-687-0095

Office: 2121 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20007 

Mailing: 37th & O Streets, NW, Box 571173  Washington, DC 20057-1173 


Fax: 202-687-5758