Frances McKenna, MBA, EA

Tax Director

685 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212.201.3153
Fax: 212.201.3154


Frances E. McKenna, MBA, EA, came to Marks Paneth after twenty six years of service in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  At the IRS, Exempt Organizations (EO) were her main focus.

Ms. McKenna was responsible for a number of high profile national programs, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), International/Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Referral, Political Campaign Intervention (PCI), Employment Tax, National Research Programs (NRP), Fed/State, and Gaming.

As the manager of the IRS’s EO Compliance Strategy Critical Initiatives (CSCI) program group, Ms. McKenna supervised several high-profile projects, such as Medical Resident FICA, Affordable Care Act (ACA), 501(r), 45R and Post Determination Compliance Program. These included the administration of a large program segment of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TEGE) Division. She also served as a lead instructor for newly hired revenue agents in EO and was a certified lead instructor for their leadership management classes.

Ms. McKenna earned her BS in Accounting from St. John’s University and her MBA in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.  In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, reading, and attending outdoor events, concerts, and traveling with her family. She also donates her time as the head coach of several youth organizations such as the Firthtown Falcons cheerleading and Firthtown Falcons baseball.

She is based in Marks Paneth’s New York office and resides in Stewartsville, NJ.


St. John’s University, BS in Accounting
University of Phoenix, MBA in Accounting

Practice Areas

Exempt Organizations
Unrelated Business Income
Private Foundations
Chapter 42 Excise
Employment Tax