Each year that passes we say the world is a much smaller place, and it’s never been more true with the proximity we get from communication technology, the need to protect our mutual interests against global terrorism, and unprecedented recognition and worldwide collaboration to address climate issues and our shared environmental concerns. History has taught us that technology is not a panacea, but that by constantly seeking innovation and greater efficiencies we will improve our condition and quality of life, and strengthen our fiscal base by creating these marvels of the present and future. Congress in 2015 has recognized the seriousness of these challenges and by betting on ingenuity and the future we are going back to our roots, and revisiting the purpose of the original Research Tax Credit enacted in the landmark ERTA of 1981, crafted as one important part of a package of reforms intended to be “a tax reduction program to help upgrade the nation’s industrial base, stimulate productivity and innovation throughout the economy."
Provide a basic framework of existing federal R&D tax credit rules and practice
Describe recent administrative and 2015 legislative reform and the impact to middle market companies
Outline best practices and the audit defense landscape
Identify prospective issues going forward
John began his career in the tax department of a Big 8 accounting firm. He has worked in specialty tax credits and incentives since 2006, serving many diverse companies in a variety of industries. In addition, he has practiced as a corporate attorney handling tax transactions and controversies; and worked as a technology commercialization consultant to Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, and The National Renewable Energy Lab. John holds a BS in accountancy from Bentley University, Juris Doctor from Villanova Law School, and Master of Laws in Taxation from Boston University School of Law.