Kroupa received a B.S.F.S. from the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service in 1978, followed in 1981 by a J.D. from the University of South Dakota Law School. Prior to appointment to the Tax Court, Kroupa worked for the Internal Revenue Service as attorney-advisor, Legislation and Regulations Division, Office of Chief Counsel. She also worked at the Tax Court prior to her appointment as an attorney-advisor to Judge Joel Gerber from 1984-1985. Kroupa also practiced tax law at Faegre & Benson, LLP in Minneapolis, was a Minnesota Tax Court Judge from 1995 to 2001 and Chief Judge from 1998 to 2001. She was appointed by President George W. Bush as Judge, United States Tax Court, on June 13, 2003, for a term ending June 12, 2018. She retired from the Tax Court on June 16, 2014.
Memberships and activities
- Admitted to practice law in South Dakota (1981), District of Columbia (1985) and Minnesota (1986).
- Member, American Bar Association (Tax Section), Minnesota State Bar Association (Tax Section), National Association of Women Judges (1995 to present), American Judicature Society (1995 to present).
- Distinguished Service Award Recipient (2001) Minnesota State Bar Association (Tax Section).
- Volunteer of the Year Award, Junior League of Minneapolis (1993) and Community Volunteer of the Year, Minnesota State Bar Association (1998).