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Hear an explanation of the composition and procedures of the newly revamped Board of Finance and Revenue, and get introduced to the rules governing practice before the new Board.
Getting Ready for Busy Season: A Guide to New Forms, Filing Issues, and Other Critical Developments Webinar
Employee vs. Independent Contractor: Achieving Success in a Worker Classification Audit Webinar
Hiring and Firing of Employees - What You Can and Cannot Do Webinar
Effective and Efficient Senior-Level Review of Individual Tax Returns Webinar
JASON C SKRINAK
FIRM POSITIONJason is the Leader of RKL’s State and Local Taxes
(SALT) Practice. With nearly 20 years experience in public accounting, he is
highly regarded throughout the region for his deep knowledge and expertise in
SALT consulting. In his role at RKL, Jason is responsible for overseeing the
growth and development of the firm’s SALT practice, helping identify tax-savings
opportunities, ensuring compliance and representing taxpayers in tax
Jason has significant experience representing taxpayers before Pennsylvania’s
Board of Appeals and the Board of Finance and Revenue. In addition, Jason has
testified before the PA Senate Finance Committee on topics including state tax
PROFESSIONAL & BUSINESS HISTORYJason joined the firm in 2015.
Prior to joining RKL, Jason was a Principal and State and Local Tax Practice
Leader for a regional firm. In addition, he brings more than 11 years experience
as a SALT professional with a “Big Four” firm with an office in Harrisburg.
EDUCATIONB.S. Accounting, Villanova University
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & MEMBERSHIPS
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
PERSONALJason resides in Lower Paxton Township with his wife and
two children and enjoys attending sporting events, golfing and spending time
with his family.
Quoted in Feb. 9, 2016, Central Penn Business Journal story, ‘You
have to run with what you have’: Pa. budget uncertainty makes it hard for
businesses to plan ahead for tax obligations
R. Scott Shearer, JD, LLMMemberBoard of Finance and
R. Scott Shearer has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh
University. He received his law degree (J.D.) from Dickinson School of Law
and an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. He is
admitted to practice before the PA Supreme Court, US Supreme Court and various
other federal courts. He began his career as a Deputy Attorney General
with the Tax Litigation Unit of the PA Department of Justice and thereafter was
a partner in various law firms including Shearer Mette Evans & Woodside;
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; and Keefer Wood Allen & Rahal, LLP
with his practice concentrated in PA state tax matters on behalf of businesses
and individuals involving a broad range of state taxes. In May 2015, after
having been nominated by the Governor and subsequently confirmed by the Senate,
he was sworn in as a Member of the Board of Finance and Revenue for an initial
Thomas A. BowenDirector of State & Local
TaxStevens & Lee PC
Thomas A. Bowen has been with Stevens & Lee for nine years and
concentrates his practice in state and local taxes, unclaimed property and
economic development incentives. In the tax area, his focus is on controversies,
planning and policy. He has assisted numerous tax-exempt organizations on
various state and local tax issues, including Pennsylvania real estate and sales
tax exemption consultation and litigation. A Certified Public Accountant and a
lawyer, Mr. Bowen spent seven years with Ernst & Young, LLP, four years as
one of its Mid-Atlantic Area State & Local Tax leaders and three years in
its Oklahoma City Office where his practice included all aspects of oil and gas
taxation. Between his stints with Ernst & Young, he was in-house state &
local tax counsel to AMP Incorporated (now TE Connectivity), a
Pennsylvania-based Fortune 300 company for over 15 years.
John E. Van Allen, Esq.
Areas of Practice: State and Local Tax - Sales and
Use; Property; PURTA; Gross Receipt; Corporate; Franchise and Capital Stock
John’s practice focuses primarily on state and local sales, use, property and
corporate tax litigation on behalf of taxpayers. He has practiced law in
56 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties and has represented small businesses and over a
dozen Fortune 500 corporations.
John has managed projects involving nearly 12,000 property tax appeals
throughout 56 counties. He also represents businesses in reviewing sales
and use tax payments, identifying over-payments and pursuing refunds,
particularly for manufacturers and construction contractors. John is one
of the few Pennsylvania attorneys that conducts sales/use tax due diligence
reviews. He has handled such refund reviews for a number of businesses,
including two of the four largest companies headquartered in central
Pennsylvania. Through the appeals he has handled, taxpayers have directly
saved or been refunded over $100,000,000.00 in state and local taxes.
In addition, John frequently conducts presentations regarding Pennsylvania
state and local tax issues and he has been the featured presenter on such issues
at national tax law conferences in California and Florida.
John began his career at an AmLaw Global 50 law firm, where he practiced in
the area of state and local tax for over six years.
Prior to law school, John played football in college, where he was a
John is also a Trustee for a Harrisburg non-profit organization.
Bar Admissions: Pennsylvania (1998)
Education: The Pennsylvania State University (B.A.,
1993); The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University (J.D.,
Professional Affiliations: Pennsylvania Bar
Association; York County Bar Association
Personal: Resides in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania with his
wife, Jane, and son, John.