The Tax Best Practices Roundtable is a two-day forum offered exclusively to tax practitioners of ELFA member companies. The roundtable focuses on federal and state compliance and planning issues, recent developments, and sharing of internal best practices.
The Implications of Federal Tax Reform on the Equipment Finance Industry
Personal Property Tax
Sales and Use Tax
Automation of Tax Compliance and Accounting for Equipment Leasing
Who should attend?
Tax practitioners and other professionals that hold a position in tax, planning, research, business unit support or any other position responsible for corporate tax functions. This roundtable is open to ELFA members only.
The Tax Best Practices Roundtable is sponsored by Vertex.
Randa Barsoum is a tax partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers located in New York. Randa has over 19 years of experience advising clients in both financial and non-financial industries. Throughout her career Randa has advised clients with U.S. based and non-U.S. based financial service companies in the areas of tax planning, income tax accounting, like-kind exchange (LKE), Tax Depreciation Services (TDS), global information reporting and FATCA.
Randa is one of the founding members of PwC’s LKE Services practice and for the last 15 years has focused on LKE Services for banking, captive finance, and real estate clients. During her career, Randa has led many of PwC’s largest LKE implementations. Randa has also led implementations of TDS for several equipment leasing clients.
Randa is a member of the Equipment Leasing Finance Association (ELFA). She has a Master of Science in Accounting degree from Binghamton State University of New York and is a CPA in the states of New York and California. She is also a member of the AICPA.
Channel Manager, Sr.
Doug Cohen is currently a Senior Channel Manager for Vertex, Inc. He is a member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), participating on both the Operations & Technology Committee and Tax Best Practices Committee. Doug has contributed to articles in World Leasing News, Equipment Leasing & Finance and American Institute of CPA's Corporate Taxation Insider newsletter. Doug received an M.B.A. from Temple University and B.S. degree from Drexel University.
STS-SALT Managing Director
Director, Sales and Property Tax
Peter Larsen is the Akerman Taxation Practice Group Chair. A significant portion of his practice involves state and local taxation compliance and controversy. He has experience representing banks, finance companies, national retailers, internet companies, and other national corporations in state and local tax matters, audit defense, and litigation.
He also handles structuring and tax aspects of complex transactions for private equity and public company clients, including acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, and public offerings. Peter Larsen has provided tax counseling to investment funds both at the fund formation stage and in portfolio company transactions.
John Marshall is Senior Vice President & Director of Tax for U.S. Bank Equipment Finance, and oversees USBEF's sales & use tax and personal property tax departments, as well as its Section 1031 Like-Kind exchange program. He is an MBA and a licensed CPA, and is located at U.S. Bank's Operations Center in Marshall, Minnesota.
John has been active in professional accounting, finance, tax and audit roles for the past 30 years. Over his career he has worked in various positions with U.S. Bank, Cargill, The Schwan Food Company and a venture-capital owned manufacturing firm. He first became involved in the equipment finance business in 1999, when he was named Chief Financial Officer of Lyon Financial Services, the small-ticket leasing subsidiary of Schwan's that was later acquired by U.S. Bank; he rejoined U.S. Bank in 2009.
John and his wife Diane live in Marshall with their two still-at-home children, and are involved in church, youth sports and other community activities.
Director, Global Enterprise Tax Solutions
Vice President - Manager Accounting and Tax
BBVA Compass Equipment Finance
Wayne Ownby is a Vice President for BBVA Compass Bank and leads the Accounting & Tax department for BBVA Compass Bank's Equipment Finance division. Wayne is a licensed CPA, and is located at Equipment Finance division offices in Westlake, Ohio. He has been active in professional accounting, finance, and tax roles for the past 33 years and in the leasing industry for the last 18 years. He has served on the ELFA Tax Best Practices Roundtable Planning Committee for a number of years.
Over his career he has worked for BBVA Compass, Citizens Bank, ICX Corporation, and Premier Farnell.
Wayne Holds a BA in Accounting from John Carroll University
Wayne Holds a BA in Accounting from John Carroll University
VP - Sales & Use Tax
U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
VP, State Government Relations
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
Scott Riehl serves as Vice President of State Government Relations for the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), the premier trade association representing 575+ member organizations in the $1 trillion equipment finance sector.
Mr. Riehl joined ELFA in June 2016. He directs and executes all aspects of the association’s state government relations strategy, monitoring and engaging legislation and regulation impacting the industry in all 50 states.
Mr. Riehl brings 24 years of direct issue advocacy, legal and legislative staff experience to ELFA. For 13 years he represented the consumer products industry, including serving as Vice President of State Government Affairs and Associate Counsel at the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Prior to GMA, Mr. Riehl served as a Vice President at Stateside Associates, a full-service state legislative tracking company, where he provided direct political consultation for numerous Fortune 500 companies and D.C.-based trade associations. Previously, Mr. Riehl was a state affairs specialist for the National Rifle Association of America. Immediately prior to joining ELFA, he led the Riehl Group LLC, a political and strategic issue management and consulting firm based in Virginia.
In the legal and state legislative arenas, Mr. Riehl worked in the Washington, D.C., office of Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather and Geraldson, where he specialized in the firm’s government and defense contracts practice. Previously, he was on the staff of the Michigan Attorney General. Mr. Riehl began his government relations career in the Michigan Senate, where he served as Counsel and Chief Legislative Aide for two Michigan state senators.
Mr. Riehl has a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Vermont and a J.D. from Thomas Cooley School of Law.
Director of Tax
Siemens Financial Services, Inc.
Joe Sebik is a Director of Tax Reporting in Siemens Corporation, covering Siemens Financial Services, Siemens’ US captive financing subsidiary. Joe supports the tax aspects of Siemens Financial Services’ leasing and structured financing transactions, including alternative energy financings.
Joe has over 30-years of experience in the leasing industry including experience in accounting, financial reporting, transaction structuring and taxation. He has been a member of the ELFA’s Accounting Committee for over 20-years where he has actively assisted the Accounting Committee in many ways, including regularly presenting at the ELFA Accounting Conferences and writing numerous articles for the Equipment Leasing Today magazine. Joe is also the Chairman of the Federal Tax Committee of the ELFA and has introduced two recurring tax-oriented training sessions into the Accounting Conference.
Joe has written six reference portfolios on lease accounting and lessor economics for Bloomberg/BNA, as well as co-authoring 2 portfolios on accounting for Variable Interest Entities and assisting on other accounting-related portfolios. Joe has regularly written about the leasing industry and has previously provided comment letters to the FASB on lease-related topics.
Prior to joining Siemens Corporation, Joe worked for Citicorp Global Equipment Finance, JPMorgan’s Tax Oriented Investments group, Chase Equipment Leasing, IBM Credit Corporation and Price Waterhouse.
Joe holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Queens College of the City University of NY and is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York State.
Ed is a Tax Partner with a primary focus on fixed asset and leasing portfolios. Ed assists companies with large scale projects in these areas including fixed asset and lease portfolio tax income and reporting process and remediation, book and tax basis reconciliation, cost segregation, repairs and maintenance analysis, leasing and depreciation software implementation assistance and the development of related internal controls and procedures. In connection with these projects, Ed assists his clients with ASC 740 implications and IRS exam strategy and support. Ed works primarily with companies in the financial services, utility, energy, manufacturing and retail industries.
Ed serves as PwC's national ASC 842 tax leasing champion.
Ed received his Bachelors in Accounting from Temple University and is licensed as a CPA in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Partner - Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory
Jill is a Partner in the Capital Markets & Accounting Advisory Services business within PwC’s Deals Practice.
She has more than 18 years of experience in providing services to both US domestic and multinational clients. Jill has extensive experience with complex accounting issues and SEC matters. Jill started in the assurance practice and spent two years in PwC’s National Office within SEC Services, including being responsible for advising technology clients and engagement teams on a national basis regarding technical accounting, reporting and auditing matters related to SEC registrant filings.
Jill also serves as a global engagement partner of a multinational client for which she is the audit signing partner.
Her industry experience includes: technology, industrial products, and retail & consumer. Jill is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Minnesota and is a member of the AICPA.
SVP, Indirect Tax
Key Equipment Finance
Attendees are responsible for accommodations.
The meeting will take place at the offices of PwC, located at 45 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402
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