State and Local Tax Services

Here at Rea & Associates, we never underestimate the impact state and local tax (SALT) law can - and does - have on your business's bottom line. That's why we've established a team of SALT experts to stay up-to-date on the laws and regulations all business owners need to be aware of - especially if you conduct any portion of your business online. From Ohio to Florida, New York to Idaho and everywhere in between, failing to adhere to the laws in your state and beyond can be incredibly costly.
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State & Local Tax | Nexus Study | Ohio CPA FirmWe are proud to be able to offer our clients with a robust selection of state and local tax services, including:

Allocation & apportionment reviews

One of the most challenging areas of income and related types of taxes is how you source your income. Some kinds of income are allocated and some are apportioned. Do you know the difference. Find out how an allocation and apportionment review can protect your business.

Sales & use tax compliance and reviews

Did you know that sales and use taxes are handled differently in different states? The nuances can be enough to make you dizzy. Our team of sales and use tax professionals can go through your business operations, exemptions, purchases, etc., with a fine-tooth comb to make sure you are only paying what is expected of your business.

Credits & incentives services

Your business is a job creator. You're hiring people, adding fixed assets and generally helping to improve your local economy. Businesses like yours drive the economy and keep America moving forward – and the tax code and policy rewards your investment with credits & incentives. Read on to find out how we can help you claim your share.

Nexus studies

If you conduct any portion of your business out of state, you probably have a number of state taxing jurisdictions eyeing your company for nexus. A nexus study will show you your liabilities and can help you avoid future tax issues. Keep reading to learn how a nexus study can ease your mind and strengthen your bottom line.

Voluntary disclosure services

There's no way around it, if your business owes back taxes, you will have to pay up sooner or later. But, did you know that you can limit your liability through a voluntary disclosure agreement? Read on to find out how this process works.

Due diligence reviews

Are you looking to purchase another business or even maybe sell your own? Before signing anything, it’s imperative to do your homework. Failure to do so will likely cost you. Read on to find out how.

Audit defense services

Thousands of businesses are audited every year for various tax considerations, including sales, use or commercial activity taxes. When it comes to your business, it's not a matter of if, it's when. Find out how our audit defense services can provide you with peace of mind while saving you money.

Loan staffing

Does your internal tax department need a boost? We can help with that. Keep reading to find out how.

Business registrations and use tax accrual training

Administrative and accounting departments are responsible for handling a multitude of business-related tasks. Read on to find out how we can help your staff with their state and local tax responsibilities.

Joe Popp, JD, LLM

As the director of SALT services at Rea & Associates, Joe is committed to staying on top of all state and local tax related matters while providing extensive internal and external educational programs in an effort to provide maximum client satisfaction. A highly sought-after thought leader in the areas of SALT and the Affordable Care Act, he is a regular spaerk and writer for a number organizations and publications, including The Ohio Society of CPAs. Joe serves as an adjunct professor at the Columbus College of Art and Design, teaching business concepts, tax and copyright law. A recipient of the John J. Adams Memorial Award, he was also recognized as a Public Service Fellow with Dean's Special Recognition for his pro bono legal work at the Moritz College of Law. Learn more about Joe.

Scott Zielaskiewicz

Looking for exceptional client service and technical prowess that's second-to-none? Then look no further. Scott is a hard-working, detail oriented professional who is known for stopping at nothing to help his clients overcome their SALT-related challenges. After earning his bachelor's degree from the University of Indianapolis, Scott entered the accounting industry in 2009 where he went on to develop his specialty in state and local tax. From providing underpayment reviews, composing training guides, serving as a point of contact for SALT-related questions to conducting codes and regulations research and nexus studies, Scott is always looking for ways to promote long-term business growth and sustainability. Learn more about Scott.

Luke Lucas | State & Local Tax | Ohio CPA FirmLuke Lucas, CPA

Armed with extensive state and local income and franchise taxation experience, Luke Lucas is responsible for assisting clients struggling with large and complex multi-state taxation obligations. Since beginning his career in public accounting, Luke has achieved proven success in his area of expertise - potentially saving clients hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties while minimizing tax liabilities amid state filing requirements. Luke earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Akron. Learn more about Luke.

Kathy LaMonica | State & Local Tax | Ohio CPA FirmKathy LaMonica

Kathy has been helping companies with their state and local tax issues for more than 15 years. As a professional, hard-working, detail-oriented sales use tax guru, Kathy serves clients from the firm's Cleveland office. She specializes in all areas of corporate sales and use tax compliance, consulting and implementation of tax technology solutions. Kathy has extensive experience with sales and use tax compliance, nexus reviews, reverse audit and use tax process improvement analysis, state tax audit defense, exemption certificate management and tax calculation software implementation. While she has worked with clients in many diverse industries, she focuses primarily on large multi-state/multi-entity manufacturing corporations. She is recognized as a Vertex Certified Professional (O & Q Series) and is currently pursuing a similar certification with Avalara. Kathy earned her Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary's College.  Learn more about Kathy.

Sarah Sparks

Sarah works to deliver expert state and local tax expertise as a client service specialist. Always available to assist on SALT-related projects, she provides the hands-on prowess the team depends on to provide top-notch service on each and ever client engagement.  Sarah focuses on nexus studies, risk assessments, state registrations, tax notice resolution, voluntary disclosure agreements and taxability determinations. She also handles tax and legal research and various other client projects such as accounts payable, local taxes, QuickBooks® and accounts receivable. Sarah earned an associate of arts and an associate of applied science in paralegal studies from Columbus State Community College. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in legal studies from the University of Cincinnati. Sarah is a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, National Federation of Paralegal Associations and the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio. Learn more about Sarah.

Joe Clark

Joe is an associate member of our SALT team. He serves clients from the firm's Dublin office and handles various accounting and tax-related tasks for a multitude of clients, including personal property taxes, federal, state, sales & use tax and commercial activities tax (CAT). Joe earned a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Otterbein University. Learn more about Joe.

Deirdra Divittis
Deirdra is an associate member of Rea's state and local tax team. She serves clients from the firm's Dublin office. Deirdra assists clients with their various accounting and bookkeeping needs. She also works with the SALT team on nexus and risk assessment studies, taxability research and more. Deirdra holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and business management from Carlow University. An affiliate member of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs (PICPA), she is a life member of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity and a volunteer at Colony Cats (& Dogs) animal rescue. Learn more about Deirdra.

Lamarcus Crowders

Lamarcus is an associate member of Rea's state and local tax team, serving clients from the Dublin office. He has experience handling tax notices, preparing individual and business tax returns. Lamarcus is also is well versed in assisting clients in preparing for state sales & use tax audits and conducting benefit plan, andyear-end financial audits. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Wittenberg University. Learn more about Lamarcus.

13,000 Reasons To Always Ask Questions - These days, it’s not unusual to travel (sometimes great distances) for your career. It’s also becoming more and more common for professionals to utilize their home offices as their primary work spaces. But whether you’re enduring long commutes each day, telecommuting from home or hopping a plane across country a few times each month, be sure to review your W-2s to determine whether the municipal taxes that are withheld from your paycheck are correct. You may be surprised to learn how easy it can be to overlook this particular line item. This case study will explain why.

Salt Software Simplicity (Podcast)

SALT Software Simplicity | Kathy LaMonica | Ohio CPA FirmFrom word processing to filing taxes, there’s a software solution for everything these days. As society continues to change and legislation alters the way business is done, there are people who are hard at work developing programs to address these changes. Take South Dakota v. Wayfair, for example. Overnight, the way companies calculated and paid taxes in the various states they do business changed. Fortunately, tech solutions were immediately available to make the changes a little more tolerable. Kathy LaMonica, a senior manager and technology consultant on Rea’s state and local tax team, joins Dave Cain on unsuitable to talk about the various tech solutions available and how they can save businesses from costly fines and penalties now that Wayfair is the law of the land.

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State Taxation Overkill (podcast)

State Taxation Overkill | Joe Popp | Ohio CPA Firm

Wayfair is, as our host Dave Cain describes it, “crazy town.” Now that states have implemented some version of Wayfair, they’re looking at creating anti-avoidance rules that prevent businesses from taking advantage of loopholes to avoid taxation in a state (like splitting a business into two so that revenue falls below a certain threshold). But here’s where it starts getting crazy – states are farming out their state tax audits on a contingent fee! We’re in for a wild ride in 2019 as we see how this all shakes out.

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Extreme Nexus: South Dakota vs. Wayfair (podcast)

Well, in case you haven't heard, the Supreme Court weighed in on the monumental South Dakota v. Wayfair case and South Dakota came up victorious. Joe Popp joins us again on unsuitable on Rea Radio to talk about what this ruling means for your business and what you can do today to prepare for the massive changes that are about to take place.

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New Nexus Rules To Result From Monumental South Dakota vs. Wayfair Case

Rea Salt Team In WashingtonThe U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in South Dakota vs Wayfair. It’s been a highly anticipated and, at times, polarizing case and many business owners are rightfully concerned about what this might mean for their business. There is quite a lot to do and consider now that their decision is the law of the land. Keep reading for a couple of thoughts on what this decision means and what you should do now to begin your own response to this historic case.

Supreme Court Issues South Dakota vs. Wayfair Decision

If you've ever heard the phrase "physical presence" in the context of sales tax nexus, well, thanks to the Supreme Court, that concept is basically dead. In the most important ruling in more than 20 years with regard to tax nexus, the court sided with South Dakota. Read on.

What The Wayfair?! How Wayfair vs. South Dakota Will Influence The Way Businesses Approach Sales Tax (podcast)

To get more knowledge about this landmark case, Rea's state and local tax services team visited Washington D.C. in April to hear opening arguments on the South Dakota vs. Wayfair case.

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We are committed to serving businesses across all industries and are committed to building our suite of services designed to address unique challenges across a wide range of industries. Check back often to discover what else our SALT services team can do!

  • Construction - Rea’s dedicated team of state and local tax experts are committed to revealing and addressing issues that may have been overlooked in the past. Identifying current savings opportunities and counseling businesses on existing and future SALT matters and incentives based projects for construction companies. Read on to find out how we can help you.
  • Business Valuations - If you are in the market or buy or are preparing to sell, without a proper assessment of a company's state and local tax liabilities, you never really know what you're getting into.
  • Manufacturing - State and local tax concerns are just part of the day-to-day as a manufacturer and it just got more tricky now that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of South Dakota, effectively making physical presence a think of the past.

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