Argi O’Leary

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Argi O’Leary is Deputy Commissioner for the Civil Enforcement Division of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.  She leads the Department’s civil enforcement efforts to collect outstanding tax liabilities.  Ms. O’Leary also oversees the Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which regulates over 39,000 registered tax return preparers and facilitators. 

Ms. O’Leary oversees a staff of approximately 600 employees engaged in field collections, special collections, and call-center operations and is responsible for the collection of approximately $2 billion in support of State and local programs and services.  She also examines and implements best practices for enforcement programs across the Department and works with State, local and federal agencies to enhance opportunities for revenue collection.  

Prior to her appointment as Deputy Commissioner, Ms. O’Leary served the Department as the Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Litigation Strategy.  Before joining the Department, she was in private practice with the New York City law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.  She also served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office under Robert M. Morgenthau and as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas C. Platt, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.  

Ms. O’Leary earned her Juris Doctor cum laude at Fordham University School of Law, as well as a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude and a Master of Science from Boston College.