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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 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:

  • Mike Reissig, Deputy Comptroller and Chief Clerk, Karey Barton, Associate Deputy Comptroller for Tax, and Nancy Prosser, Special Counsel to the Deputy Comptroller of the office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, will join us to discuss recent tax developments in their state, most notably issues related to the application of the Texas Franchise Tax and implications for Texas of the recent enactment by Congress of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act
  • A review of recent unclaimed property developments and emerging issues to watch in 2016
  • Tax policy matters, including an overview of notable 2016 governors’ budget proposals that affect state taxes, consideration of an assortment of 2016 statewide ballot initiatives targeting state business taxes and the status of federal legislation that could impact state taxation
  • Major judicial, legislative and administrative developments affecting state and local taxation

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


Mike Reissig

Texas Deputy Comptroller and Chief Clerk, Austin, TX

Mike Reissig is the Deputy Comptroller of Public Accounts. Mike is also the current President of the Federation of Tax Administrators’ Board of Trustees.

Prior to becoming Deputy Comptroller, Mike held the following positions at the Comptroller’s office: Associate Deputy Comptroller for Tax and Fiscal Policy, Director of Tax Administration, Director of Fiscal Management and Chief Revenue Estimator.

During the 1991 and 1993 sessions, Mike also worked at the Texas Legislature out of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Mike’s academic background includes a bachelor’s degree with honors from Texas Lutheran College, a master’s degree in business administration from Southwest Texas State University and a degree in accounting.

Karey Barton

Texas Associate Deputy Comptroller, Austin, TX

Karey Barton is Associate Deputy Comptroller for Tax, with responsibilities for the Tax Policy, Taxpayer Assistance, Enforcement, Audit, and Criminal Investigation functions of the Texas Comptroller's office. Additionally, his responsibilities include the revenue processing functions of the Comptroller's office. Karey has extensive experience in the state and local taxation arena both from the public and private sector perspectives.

Prior to his return to the public sector in January 2015, he was a private sector practitioner providing state and local tax consulting services to clients in all industries for almost 15 years. His experience included assisting clients with their Sales Tax and Income/Franchise Tax responsibilities with specific focus on the Texas Franchise Tax (a.k.a. Texas Margin Tax). Karey also specialized in legislative analysis and review and provided legislative, regulatory, and policy analysis services on tax related issues to clients in all industries.

Karey has been a frequent speaker on state and local tax issues at Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT), the Council on State Taxation (COST), and the Texas Society of CPAs seminars.

Nancy Prosser

Special Counsel to the Texas Deputy Comptroller, Austin, TX

Nancy Prosser became Special Counsel to the Deputy Comptroller on January 1, 2015 when Comptroller Glenn Hegar and Deputy Comptroller Mike Reissig assumed office. In her current role she helps manage and provides advice on various agency programs and projects. She is a member of the Federation of Tax Administrators’ Legislative Committee and also serves as alternate for Comptroller Hegar on the Multistate Tax Commission.

Her prior position at the agency was Assistant Director of Tax Administration, where she helped manage the Audit, Enforcement, Taxpayer Services and Tax Policy Divisions and supervised the Independent Audit Reviewer program. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Multistate Tax Commission for Comptroller Susan Combs and monitored federal and multistate tax issues for the agency.

Nancy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, summa cum laude, from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Southwest Texas State University, and a Law Degree from the University of Texas School of Law. She is licensed as an attorney in the State of Texas.

Joe Huddleston

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

Joe Huddleston is an Executive Director for Ernst & Young LLP’s Indirect Tax in the National Tax office in Washington, DC having joined EY in August of 2015. Prior to joining EY, Joe served for 10 years as Executive Director of the Multistate Tax Commission. In 2011 he was named by Tax Analysts as one of the top 10 individuals who influence state tax policy and practice, and in 2012 received the 11th annual award for Outstanding Achievement in State and Local Taxation from New York University.

He also was vice president of tax solutions for Liquid Engines Inc., a tax software firm focused on advanced state income tax planning models and methodologies for multi-state and multi-national companies.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he received his J.D. from the Nashville School of Law and was awarded his Doctor of Laws by the University of South Carolina in 2009. Huddleston is a member of both the Tennessee and American Bar Associations and their respective tax sections.

Steve Wlodychak

Indirect, State and Local Tax, 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.

Robert Bazata

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

Bob Bazata serves as the National Leader of Ernst & Young LLP’s Unclaimed Property and Escheat Services (UPES) Team. Bob has over 20 years of abandoned and unclaimed property experience, which includes state and third-party audit defense, assisting companies with voluntary compliance, statistical estimation of unclaimed property identification, policy and procedures reviews, restructuring and annual compliance. Bob’s unclaimed property experience has been developed through extensive involvement in significant engagements for small, medium and large multinational organizations. This experience has led to a deep understanding of unclaimed property and its impact on organizational business processes, compliance, financial statements and systems. He also has large project management experience, as many of his projects involve over 100 legal entities. He has also been involved in multi-disciplinary reviews that have included members of the firm’s Attest, Advisory and Tax disciplines. This experience has allowed Bob to guide clients through issue identification, exposure calculation, remediation, reporting, and policy enhancements.

Bob holds a B.S. in Accounting from Fairfield University and an M.S. in Taxation from Pace University School of Business. He is a member of the Connecticut and New York Societies of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).


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.