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Domestic tax quarterly webcast series: a focus on state tax matters

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Many multistate and multinational corporations find it challenging to keep up with the frequent changes in the state and local tax legislative and regulatory environments.

To help address this challenge, Ernst & Young LLP presents its Quarterly webcast series: a focus on state tax matters. The state tax edition of this quarterly series provides you with information on major tax law changes in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as current state and local tax topics of interest.

The following topics will be discussed on the upcoming webcast:

  • An overview of current state and local tax policy proposals with a focus on new 2014 legislative proposals and emerging trends
  • A discussion with special guest speaker, Karl Frieden, Vice President and General Counsel, Council On State Taxation (COST)
  • An update covering recent legislative, administrative and judicial developments at the state level

This is an interactive webcast and we encourage you to ask questions.




Karl Frieden

Vice President and General Counsel, Council on State Taxation (COST), Washington, D.C.

Karl Frieden is the Vice President and General Counsel of the Council On State Taxation (COST). COST has a membership of nearly 600 multistate companies and is dedicated to preserving and promoting equitable and nondiscriminatory state taxation of multi-jurisdictional entities.

Prior to joining COST, Karl was a state and local tax partner with Ernst & Young LLP and before that a tax partner with Arthur Andersen. Earlier in his career, he was the Deputy General Counsel of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. Karl has had extensive experience with most types of state and local taxes including income tax, sales tax, property tax, payroll tax and credits and incentives. He has also significant experience with global indirect taxes including VAT and withholding taxes.

Karl received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Steve Wlodychak

State and Local Tax Leader, Center for Tax Policy, Ernst & Young LLP, Washington, D.C.

Steve Wlodychak is a principal with Ernst & Young LLP’s Indirect (State and Local) Tax Practice. Based in Washington, DC, he is also the state and local tax leader of its Center for Tax Policy coordinating the firm’s point of view on emerging state and local tax legislative, judicial, and administrative issues.

He also leads the state and local transactions practice of Ernst & Young LLP. He serves both private equity and strategic investors in a variety of industries to address state and local transactional tax issues involving business combinations, reorganizations, restructurings and divestitures. He has addressed state and local tax considerations in all 50 states and on well over 800 different transactions.

Steve received a B.S.F.S. degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a J.D. from Seton Hall University’s School of Law and an LL.M. (Taxation) from New York University’s School of Law. He is a member of the ABA, the New York Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar, and the New Jersey Bar.

Rebecca Bertothy

State and Local Tax Knowledge Leader, Ernst & Young LLP, Washington, D.C.

Rebecca Bertothy is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s State and Local Tax practice. Based in Washington D.C., Rebecca’s primary area of responsibility is state and local tax knowledge management. Rebecca provides technical analysis on judicial, legislative and administrative state and local tax developments in the fifty states and the District of Columbia to clients and Ernst & Young tax professionals. She also develops technical communications and content, including State and Local Tax Alerts, speech outlines, legislative development matrices and tracking tools.


Jeffrey Saviano

Director of Indirect and State and Local Tax, Ernst & Young LLP, New York, NY

Jeffrey Saviano is the global Ernst & Young organization’s Americas Director of Indirect, State and Local Tax. Jeff leads the indirect, state and local tax practices in the Americas, which includes North, South and Central America and Israel. Based in New York City and Boston, Jeff is a principal of Ernst & Young LLP.

Jeff directs a practice that helps companies manage their state and local taxes in the United States and their non-income-based taxes in Canada and South and Central America. He also advises clients on state tax policy matters affecting corporate taxpayers.

Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Iona College, a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. He has published articles on state tax policy and practice. Jeff is a member of the Board of Directors of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Boston Municipal Research Bureau. He is a former professor of state and local taxation at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.