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Brian Howsare, JD

Manager

Indirect Tax/Grant Thornton LLP


Experience:

 

Brian is a state and local tax attorney specializing in indirect taxation, including sales and use tax, gross receipts tax, and VAT.  Brian has extensive experience in sales and use tax audit controversy, crafting numerous successful petitions and protests for administrative hearings and lower level appeals.  Brian’s experience also includes reverse audits, refund claims, taxability studies, and implementing use tax automation systems.  Brian’s leadership within Grant Thornton includes reverse audit and technology solutions initiatives.

 

Industry experience:

 

Brian serves organizations across many different industries, including technology (such as providers of application services, IaaS, PaaS, hosting services, data processing services, and information services), manufacturing, telecom, media, and hospitality.  Brian has served organizations throughout the U.S., U.K., Puerto Rico, and the European Union. 

Brian is a regular speaker on state and local taxation at the University of South Florida and co-chairs the National Tax Moot Court Competition hosted annually by the Tax Section of the Florida Bar.  Brian has also authored multiple articles on indirect tax developments and jurisprudence.

 

Professional qualifications and memberships:

•           The Florida Bar Tax Section – Section Administration Division Assistant Director

 

Publications:

•           The New Normal for Sales and Use Tax in the United States – Pittsburgh Tax Review

•           The Future of Being Present: Will the U.S. Supreme Court Hear Current Kill-Quill Challenges? – Bloomberg BNA

•           If You Give a Mass. a Cookie, It Will Ask You to Collect Sales Tax – Bloomberg   BNA

•           What All FBA Sellers Should Consider About Voluntary Disclosures – Bloomberg BNA

 

Education:

•           Stetson University College of Law, Juris Doctor

•           University of Florida Warrington College of Business, Master of Business Management

•           University of Florida, Bachelor of Science