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  • Tax

Sharon Kay




Executive summary

Sharon Kay is the National Managing Principal of Grant Thornton's Washington National Tax Office. Sharon has over 25 years of tax experience and primarily advises clients on federal income tax issues such as accounting method changes, income and expense recognition, inventories, tangible and intangible asset capitalization and recovery, and certain business credits. Previously, Sharon was a taxation specialist in the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel in the United States Department of the Treasury in Washington, D. C. Although she focused on accounting methods, inventories and certain business tax credits, Kay worked on a wide variety of federal income tax issues while at the Department of the Treasury.


During her almost six years with the Treasury, she was involved in over 100 published guidance projects, including, for example, regulations regarding the capitalization of tangible assets and repairs; regulations regarding the capitalization of intangible assets; regulations on the R%26D tax credit; various guidance on income and expense recognition, guidance on inventory capitalization, regulations regarding corporate estimated tax payments, and a variety of industry safe harbors. Additionally, Sharon has many years of Big Four experience at two of the Big 4 professional services firms and has a diverse range of experience working with both public and private clients in a variety of industries.



Professional qualifications and memberships

  • CPA — Missouri, District of Columbia

Community involvement

  • Girl Scout troop leader



  • MS, Business, Tax, University of Kansas
  • BS, Business, Accounting and Business Administration, University of Kansas

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