Shirley Sicilian has joined KPMG as national director of state and local tax controversy in the firm’s Washington National Tax (WNT) practice. Sicilian will help oversee the delivery of indirect tax and the income/franchise tax controversy services to the firm’s clients on a nationwide basis.
“We’re extremely pleased to have Shirley join our WNT team at a time when many of our clients are experiencing increasing tax controversies at the state and local level,” said Brian Stromen, Partner-in-Charge of KPMG’s State and Local Tax practice. “We know that our clients will benefit from her extensive experience, technical knowledge and integrity.”
Prior to joining KPMG, Sicilian served as general counsel at the Multistate Tax Commission for the past seven years. In this role, she headed the legal division responsible for providing advice and assistance to the interstate governmental agency, whose membership includes 47 states and the District of Columbia. She was the author of a number of amicus curiaebriefs in state and federal appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and managed staffing for Commission committees, including those responsible for the development of model business tax laws.
Before joining the commission in 2003, Shirley spent eight years at the Kansas Department of Revenue. During that time, she served as director of Policy and Research before being promoted to general counsel with responsibility for providing legal counsel to the Secretary of Revenue and representing the Department before the Kansas legislature.
Sicilian, who will be based in Washington, D.C., holds a Juris Doctorate and both a Master’s degree and a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Kansas.
Ned Leiby, a CPA, CFE with 25 years’ experience in multistate and local tax issues for large multinational corporations and middle market businesses, has been chosen to lead the Chicago office of WTP Advisors, where he will oversee the Midwest region’s growth and client service in all areas. WTP Advisors is an award-winning global tax and business advisory firm.
“Ned’s level of expertise in state and local tax issues is critical for companies who are trying to steer through an increasingly complicated tax landscape in the U.S.,” says Ian Boccaccio, partner and co-founder of WTP Advisors.
“The states continue to grapple with how to tax industries driven by technology such as cloud computing and other transactions entered into over the internet. While most businesses want uniformity amongst states in this regard, in actuality there is increasing lack of uniformity amongst states which will only continue to create more traps for the unwary,” says Leiby.
Ned Leiby has 25 years of experience in providing value-added tax services to Fortune 1000 and middle market businesses. Ned is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and previously held leadership positions at a national accounting firm and served as managing director for the tax and business consulting division of American Express.
Ned specializes in state and local tax (“SALT”) matters including income/franchise, sales & use tax and unclaimed property. He assists his clients in various areas including: research and planning, compliance, nexus reviews, voluntary disclosures, audit defense, M&A due diligence for SALT issues, reverse audits, project outsourcing, tax system implementation and litigation support. His industry experience encompasses manufacturing/distribution, utility & renewable energy, retail, leasing, financial institutions, real estate, private equity, service organizations, internet retailers, and software/technology.
Douglas Ewald has joined KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, as a tax managing director in its State and Local Tax (SALT) Income and Incentives Practice.
Ewald has more than 25 years of experience in corporate taxation, state taxation, tax aspects of financial reporting, and state and local tax incentives. Prior to joining KPMG, he had been Nebraska Tax Commissioner and prior to that, he served as a director of state taxes at Union Pacific Railroad, the largest railroad network in the United States. In this position, he led the overall coordination of Union Pacific’s state tax operations, including budgeting, planning, compliance, tax incentives, audits, state tax appeals, and the tax aspects of financial reporting.
“We’re excited to welcome Doug to the firm,” said Drew Blossom, Managing Partner of KPMG’s Omaha office. “His extensive experience in corporate and state tax will help strengthen our capabilities and expand our presence in this important market, where we have seen strong demand for our services.”
Ewald earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Buena Vista University in Iowa and a Masters of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Nebraska.
Ryan has announced that Scott N. Young has joined the management team as a Principal to support the continued growth of the Firm’s Tax Compliance Services practice. Mr. Young is a seasoned industry expert, having applied process improvement methodologies and best practices for the tax compliance functions of an impressive array of Fortune 1000 clients. He will be based in the Firm’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office.
With 20 years of diverse industry experience in multistate sales and use tax consulting, automation, and compliance, Mr. Young has provided outsourced tax administration resources that serve as an extension to the reporting and remittance functions of premier companies across the world. Prior to joining Ryan, he was the Global Practice Leader of the State and Local Tax Center of Expertise for Experis Finance, a global provider of tax, finance and accounting, internal audits and controls, and technology risk management-related services. Mr. Young has also served as a Supervising Auditor for the New Jersey Division of Taxation. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the College of William and Mary.
“I’m excited to have a veteran tax expert like Scott Young join our leadership team to support our rapidly growing Tax Compliance Services practice,” said Dena Oberst Hall, Ryan Principal and Tax Compliance Services Practice Leader. “He is one of the most capable tax professionals in the industry and will improve our ability to deliver even higher levels of client value and results.”
“Scott Young’s leadership will ensure that our clients have direct access to the most innovative suite of tax compliance services for improving efficiency and effectiveness,” said G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. “We will continue to acquire the most seasoned professionals in the industry to meet our clients’ evolving business needs and support our Firm’s continued growth.”
PwC US announced today that veteran tax professional Tina Skidmore joined the firm as a Tax Partner, based in its Seattle office. Skidmore will lead PwC’s Pacific Northwest State and Local Tax practice, where she will advise companies on tax planning solutions along with income tax compliance and state tax issues. Skidmore brings with her over 20 years of experience advising large corporations on tax issues.
“With the addition of Tina’s in-depth expertise and background on state income tax issues, our Seattle State and Local Tax practice will continue adding value to the firm and furthering our commitment of delivering high-quality services to our clients,” said Kevin Baldwin, managing partner of PwC’s Pacific Northwest Market. “PwC is focused on building a diverse set of leaders who have a variety of backgrounds and skill sets, and Tina is an exceptional addition to our team.”
“Companies today are faced with increasingly complex tax issues and need the right solutions to stay ahead. I look forward to working with the talented PwC Seattle team and continuing to drive client engagements that result in high levels of client satisfaction,” said Skidmore.
Prior to PwC, Skidmore was a multistate income tax professional focused on the creation and implementation of state tax strategies for corporations doing business in multiple jurisdictions. In that role, Skidmore predominately worked with major gaming, entertainment and retail companies in the Silicon Valley area as well as with the corporate tax department of a large biotechnology company.
Skidmore is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Washington, Texas and California. She received a bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin University and a master’s degree from Golden Gate University.
Schneider Downs & Co., Inc, one of the top 60 public accounting, tax and business advisory services firms in the U.S., recently appointed William Vohsing as State and Local Tax (SALT) Director.
Mr. Vohsing brings more than 30 years of tax experience to Schneider Downs in the areas of multi?state sales and use tax matters, including audit defense, refund reviews, nexus reviews, taxability analysis, direct pay permits and voluntary disclosure agreements. He has extensive experience in the areas of manufacturing, retail, banking, insurance, healthcare and public utility industries. In his new role as State and Local Tax Director, Mr. Vohsing will continue to serve clients and assist the firm in developing new client opportunities in these industries.
“Bill is a respected and trusted SALT practitioner with client experience all across the state of Ohio,” said Mark Cobetto, tax practice unit leader in Schneider Downs’ Columbus office. “His deep understanding of complex sales and use tax issues and his leadership capabilities make him an outstanding addition to our growing tax advisory team.”
Prior to joining Schneider Downs, Mr. Vohsing served as Executive Director for a national accounting firm, and also worked as a Manager of Sales, Property and Payroll Tax for Lane Bryant. He is a frequent speaker at Professional Education Systems, IPT, TEI and the Ohio Tax Conference. Bill Vohsing received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a major in Accounting from The Ohio State University.
Ligia Machado was promoted to Partner in PwC’s San Francisco Tax practice.
Machado is a member of PwC’s National Tax Services State and Local Tax Practice, based in Sacramento. She brings a wealth of experience in California income and franchise tax developments, related legislative matters and controversy opportunities. Machado is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in California. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan has announced that Jack Trachtenberg, the former New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Deputy Commissioner and Taxpayer Rights Advocate, has joined the firm’s State and Local Tax (SALT) Practice as Counsel in New York.
Mr. Trachtenberg has more than 10 years of experience advising clients and taxpayers on New York State, New York City and multistate tax matters. Prior to serving as the Taxpayer Rights Advocate, Mr. Trachtenberg practiced at a New York law firm, counseling clients on all aspects of state and local taxation. Mr. Trachtenberg has litigated cases before the New York State Division of Tax Appeals, the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal and the New York State Supreme Court. He is also an adjunct professor at Albany Law School, where he teaches a course on state and local tax.
“This is an exciting time for both our SALT practice and the New York office. Jack is the third lateral addition to our SALT group this year,” said Sutherland Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman. “Bringing Jack on board highlights the firm’s continued commitment to providing the highest quality service to our clients for all of their state tax issues across the U.S.”
“We are thrilled to have Jack join us,” said Jerome B. Libin, chair of Sutherland’s Tax Practice Group. “His extensive experience advocating for taxpayers through the administrative and judicial process in New York and other key states further augments our tremendous multistate SALT team. Jack will be of great value to our clients.”
As the first Taxpayer Rights Advocate at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Mr. Trachtenberg established and led the office, which intervenes on behalf of taxpayers facing intractable tax disputes. Under Mr. Trachtenberg’s leadership, the office managed nearly 4,000 cases in just over two years and obtained relief for taxpayers nearly 70% of the time. In this capacity, Mr. Trachtenberg also worked to identify systemic problems that were negatively burdening large segments of the taxpayer community. His efforts resulted in the passage of important reform legislation, as well as key changes to agency processes and procedures.
The addition of Mr. Trachtenberg comes just weeks after the announcement that Carley A. Roberts and Prentiss Willson, nationally recognized leaders in California and multistate tax matters, joined Sutherland SALT in Sacramento.
Sutherland’s SALT practice is one of the premier state and local tax law practices in the country, with 29 lawyers representing more than 25 of the Fortune 100 and numerous other clients that are recognized leaders in their respective sectors.