Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP (RKL), Certified Public Accountants and Consultants has announced that Jason Skrinak has joined the firm as the leader of its expanded State and Local Taxes (SALT) Practice.
Under Skrinak’s leadership, RKL’s state and local taxes practice will offer clients a wide range of planning and compliance services, such as sales and use tax consulting and process improvement studies; reverse sales and use tax audits; multi-state nexus analysis and planning; and for-hire motor carrier restructuring.
Skrinak brings nearly 20 years of public accounting experience to RKL and has significant experience representing taxpayers before Pennsylvania’s Board of Appeals and the Board of Finance and Revenue. He has also testified before the PA Senate Finance Committee on topics including state tax reform.
Prior to joining RKL, Skrinak was a Principal and State and Local Tax Practice Leader at McKonly & Asbury. He started his career in 1996 with Coopers & Lybrand (later PwC).
Tax Ops has hired Judy Vorndran to lead the state and local tax practice (SALT), developing efficient SALT management functions and advising businesses in all aspects of state and local tax compliance. She joined in September 2015.
US law firm Quarles & Brady announced last week that Dawn Gabel has re-joined the firm’s Phoenix office as a partner in its Tax Law Practice Group. She was formerly with the Firm from 1989 to 2002, leaving as a partner to join Steptoe & Johnson, where she has worked for the past 13 years.
Gabel focuses her practice on sales and use tax advice and litigation, property tax advice and litigation, and multistate income tax advice and litigation. She represents clients across a broad range of industries, including energy, construction, retail, manufacturing, low-income housing, remote vending, and development of golf courses and resorts.
Gabel has been recognized by her peers inThe Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 US andSouthwest Super Lawyers.
She received her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Arizona College of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University.
Andersen Tax has recruited Glenn Walsh as Managing Director in the Los Angeles office.
Glenn joins the Commercial Practice in Southern California specializing in State and Local Tax. He has over 20 years of tax experience, specifically advising clients on the state and local tax issues and planning considerations related to mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to Andersen Tax, Glenn was with EY where he was the State and Local/Transaction Tax lead for the West Area. Before EY, he worked at KPMG in Washington but he began his career at Arthur Andersen in San Francisco.
“Glenn brings a depth of State & Local Tax experience to our firm and will further build out the State & Local Tax practice in Los Angeles and Orange County,” said Los Angeles Office Managing Director, Bill Amon. “His technical areas of focus complement the practice.”
“Glenn is an important addition to our commercial practice and provides us with more depth and leadership in our state and local practice,” said CEO, Mark Vorsatz. “Glenn’s expertise will be instrumental in the continuing growth of our State & Local Tax footprint in Southern California.”
PwC US has announced that Meredith Mahoney will be admitted as a tax partner in the Seattle office.
Meredith has been in the accounting and tax industry for over fifteen years. Before rejoining PwC in 2010, Meredith explored many different opportunities in the tax consulting industry including working for a middle market accounting firm, a small boutique firm, a consolidated multistate corporation and running her own private practice.
Meredith consults on various state tax matters including: multistate strategies, reorganizing or restructuring, income tax provisions, revenue sourcing, due diligence and acquisition planning, sales and use tax matters and other state tax compliance matters. She concentrates on the technology, retail, and manufacturing industries. Meredith completed her undergraduate accounting studies and Masters of Taxation at the University of Texas at Austin and The University of Colorado at Boulder. Meredith is a CPA in the states of Colorado andWashington.
Stewart focuses on providing multistate indirect tax services, including sales tax, use tax, gross receipts tax, fuels/excise tax, business/occupations tax, and statutory tax credits and negotiated tax incentives. “Shane’s extensive experience in SALT services will help Weaver to continue growing our practice throughout Texas and the United States,” said Mike Goral, partner-in-charge of state and local tax services.
Stewart brings years of experience in state and local tax matters involving evaluating sales and transaction tax compliance functions for clients operating in Texas, as well as in multiple jurisdictions. He has extensive knowledge in various industries including manufacturing, oil and gas, telecommunications, commercial airlines, government contractors, construction, retail, financial services and technology.
Most recently, Stewart worked at Ryan as a manager of sales and use tax. He led a team responsible for the recovery of overpaid taxes, developed transaction tax savings opportunities, and helped build relationships to drive firm growth.
“Shane’s depth of knowledge and experience in this area make him a good fit for Weaver,” said, Tommy Lawler, Weaver’s managing partner and CEO. “We know that our clients will significantly benefit from having him on our team.”
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has announce the addition of a robust state and local tax practice group to its nationwide tax practice: Partner Roburt J. Waldow, who joins the firm from Jones Day, and Special Counsel Greg Turner, most recently VP & Senior Tax Counsel at the Council On State Taxation (COST). Waldow will be based in the firm’s Orange County office and Turner will be based in Sacramento.
“We are pleased to welcome Roburt (pictured) and Greg to the firm. Their broad range of state and local tax expertise will allow us to service the totality of state and local tax issues our clients face. We will be able to leverage Roburt’s depth of experience in complex state tax controversy, tax planning, and transactional matters, and Greg’s extensive experience working with state legislatures and state tax agencies to resolve complex tax matters in a manner best suited to our clients’ particular needs,” said Guy N. Halgren, chairman of Sheppard Mullin.
“Roburt and Greg add depth and strength to our firm-wide tax practice. Roburt’s banking industry knowledge and expertise dovetails well with our robust finance and banking practice. Greg brings twenty years of State Capitol experience working to address state legislative and regulatory issues facing business taxpayers. Both Roburt and Greg are well known within the SALT community and among a very small group of practitioners regularly engaged with legislative and administrative representatives to address state tax issues facing corporate taxpayers,” added Keith R. Gercken, chair of Sheppard Mullin’s Tax practice group.
“I am thrilled to join Sheppard Mullin, a dynamic firm deeply rooted in California but with a global reach. We think the firm is the perfect platform for growing what we intend to be one of the nation’s leading multi-state and local tax practices,” Waldow stated.
“I couldn’t agree more,” added Turner. “Sheppard Mullin recognized that the state and local tax arena is itself quite dynamic. Client needs may range from traditional transactional, planning, and administrative controversy to litigation or legislative and regulatory engagement. Sheppard Mullin is now uniquely positioned in the SALT community to address the totality of those issues.”
Waldow’s practice involves a broad array of SALT related services, regularly representing clients in controversy matters, from audit through litigation, and advising clients on transactional and planning matters.olved both administrative and judicial controversy as well as administrative, legislative and ballot measure advocacy. In addition to working on state tax controversy and planning matters, as a registered lobbyist, his role will include assisting clients in connection with proposed legislation, regulations, and ballot measures relating to state tax and local tax.
Turner is a sought after speaker on state and local tax issues, particularly in relation to the scope of state and local tax authority. From regular presentations at COST conferences across the country and leading COST’s robust regional meetings in the west, he also is a regular speaker at conferences sponsored by the California State Bar, Tax Executives Institute (TEI), the Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA), the Western States Association of Tax Administrators (WSATA) and San Jose State University’s “High Tech Tax Institute.”
McDermott announced this week that Alysse McLoughlin has joined the Firm as a partner in its State and Local Tax group, resident in the New York office. In addition, the Firm welcomes Richard Call, formerly with Morrison Foerster, as Counsel in the same group in New York.
Ms. McLoughlin has broad experience advising clients on state and local tax issues, and particular skill working with financial services companies. Mr. Call focuses on state and local tax litigation before administrative and judicial bodies, at all levels and in multiple states, with respect to income, franchise, gross receipts, and sales and use taxes. Ms. McLoughlin, who practiced at McDermott from 1996 to 2006, returns to the Firm from Barclays, where she served as the company’s Head of State Tax for six years. In this role, she was responsible for all state taxes at Barclays, including income, franchise, sales and use, and excise tax issues. Her responsibilities included establishment of state tax return filing positions and reserves, participation in the financial statement process, and the handling of all state tax audits.
After her time with McDermott, Ms. McLoughlin worked at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as an attorney in the Chief Counsel division. After the IRS, she served as state tax counsel at Lehman Brothers in New York. Ms. McLoughlin joined Barclays Capital after Lehman filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September 2008.
Mr. Call has focused on state and local tax at large firms for several years. He is a frequent publisher on state and local tax issues and has spoken on state and local tax issues in multiple forums.
“We’re delighted that Alysse and Richard have both decided to join the Firm at this time, as we continue to strengthen our world-class team of state and local tax practitioners,” said Jane May (pictured), partner and head of McDermott’s State and Local Tax Practice Group. “Alysse’s in-depth experience both as a practitioner and head of the state tax department of a prominent financial institution will enable us to enhance the sophisticated service we provide to our clients. Rich’s experience will be particularly valuable to our clients as they consider business restructurings and the impact of new state legislation on their current business operations.”
Ms. McLoughlin is admitted to the New York State Bar. A graduate of Fordham University School of Law, she received her LL. M. from New York University School of Law and her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Binghamton. Mr. Call is admitted to the New York State Bar. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law. He received his LL. M. and B.A. from Brigham Young University.