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Thought leadership from our State and Local Tax professionals Dec. 29: Jamie Yesnowitz, Principal, SALT -- National Tax Office Leader, was quoted in Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Tax Report article “Challenges to state deduction cap, end-runs likely to fail” written by John Herzfeld and Che Odom. Jamie discusses the merits of the argument by New York officials that the 2017 tax reform limit on SALT deductions should be legally opposed.

Jan. 1: Drew VandenBrul, Managing Director, SALT – Philadelphia office, authored an article titled, “State tax implication of IRS partnership audits” which was published in a Villanova graduate tax program ad in the December issue of the New York State Society of CPAs Journal just prior to him joining Grant Thornton. Drew discussed the significance of the IRS beginning audits of partnerships following the filing of 2018 tax returns.

Jan. 9: Jamie Yesnowitz, Principal, SALT -- National Tax Office Leader, was quoted in Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Tax Report article “High court extends review of digital tax case” written by Ryan Prete. Jamie reacts to a recent Supreme Court decision to delay a decision on whether to consider a hearing on South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., a case that challenges a digital sales tax decision made 25 years earlier.

Jan. 16: Jamie Yesnowitz, Principal, SALT -- National Tax Office Leader, was quoted in Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Tax Report article “U.S. Supreme Court will hear pivotal digital tax case” written by Ryan Prete. Jamie discusses the news that the Supreme Court will grant a review of Wayfair v. South Dakota over a new state law there that could overturn the 1992 Quill Corp. v. North Dakota decision online sales tax.

Jan. 16: Jamie Yesnowitz, Principal, SALT -- National Tax Office Leader, was quoted in the Accounting Today article “Supreme Court to decide South Dakota challenge to Quill” written by Roger Russell. Jamie discusses how the Supreme Court will react to a South Dakota challenge to Quill Corp. v. North Dakota’s decision in 1992 regarding online sales taxes.

Jan. 16: Jamie Yesnowitz, Principal, SALT -- National Tax Office Leader, was quoted in the Law360.com article “E-sales just one impetus in top court’s internet tax review” written by Vidya Kauri. Jamie talks about the recent momentum to reconsider the 1992 Quill Corp. v. North Dakota decision.

Jan. 19: Jamie Yesnowitz, Principal, SALT -- National Tax Office Leader, was quoted in Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Tax Report article “2018 will be year of state aggression with digital taxes” written by Ryan Prete. Jamie discussed the likelihood that efforts among states to fight for new digital sales tax abilities will be supported in by federal government efforts in this realm.

Jan. 22: Jamie Yesnowitz, Principal, SALT -- National Tax Office Leader, was quoted in State Tax Today’s article, “In their own words, experts weigh in on Wayfair” written by staff tax analysts. Jamie discussed how a decision on South Dakota v. Wayfair could provide a clear answer on online sales tax law.

Jan. 25: Lori Stolly, Director, SALT – Cincinnati office, was quoted in a Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Tax Report article titled, “Health, environment advocates bullish on meat taxes” written by Michael J. Bologna. Lori discussed the idea that creating an excise tax on meat, similar to ideas of taxing sweetened beverages, could be a focus of some state lawmakers this year.

Jan. 26: Jamie Yesnowitz, Principal, SALT -- National Tax Office Leader, was quoted in State Tax Today’s article, “Maryland combined reporting bill will hurt jobs, investment” written by Jad Chamseddine and staff tax analysts. Jamie weighed in on a Council on State Taxation report that criticized a Maryland combined reporting bill.

Tax professionals Meet Drew VandenBrul, a State and Local Tax Managing Director in the Philadelphia office. Drew VandenBrul is a managing director of state and local tax in Grant Thornton's Philadelphia office. Drew has 25 years of experience in state and local tax advising on Pennsylvania tax laws and multistate planning. Drew has advised public companies in the real estate, manufacturing, utilities, automotive and healthcare industries, as well as for private equity firms and various middle-market companies..

Drew has demonstrated leadership throughout his career. He was a contributing author for the Pennsylvania Tax Handbook (2000-2010), and served as a co-chair of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and a vice chair of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. Drew also was a member of the Philadelphia Tax Reform Commission and is an active member of the PICPA, the AIPCA and the Tax Executives Institute.

Drew comes to Grant Thornton from his second stint at KPMG, where he was a partner for state and local tax. He was a director at state income and franchise tax planning at Exelon before that and, previous to that, was at KPMG and Arthur Andersen. He has a bachelor of science degree in accounting and finance from Lehigh University and a master's degree in taxation from Villanova University.

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