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Hot Topics in State and Local Tax 2020

Speaker(s): Alysse McLoughlin, Donald R. Roveto, Grace E. Kyne, Jennie H. DeVincenzo, Keith D. Eisenstein, Louis B. Schatz, Scott A. Malone, Suneeta Davi, William Korman
Recorded on: Mar. 10, 2020
PLI Program #: 277223

Alysse McLoughlin is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm's New York office. She focuses her practice on state and local tax matters, with particular skill working with financial services companies.

Alysse is a leader in publishing and speaking on the impact of US tax reform on the states, including the impact of the international tax reform provisions. 

Ms. McLoughlin was the head of state tax at Barclays, where she was responsible for all state taxes, including income, franchise, sales and use, and excise tax issues. Her responsibilities included establishment of state tax return filing positions and reserves, participation in the financial statement process, and the handling of all state tax audits. She has also held positions as state tax counsel at Lehman Brothers and attorney in the chief counsel division of the Internal Revenue Service.

Ms. McLoughlin received her LL.M. from New York University School of Law and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. She earned her B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Alysse is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.

Bill is a Managing Director located in EY’s New York City office.


Relevant Experience

Bill has 42 years of tax experience, including 34 years as a multi-state tax specialist with Big Four accounting firms. Previously, he had nine years of experience working for several New York-based investment banks. Bill has extensive experience establishing multi-state tax plans for high-growth companies throughout the region.  He has served clients in numerous industries including real estate, manufacturing, banking and media and entertainment.  He serves as the New Jersey Tax Desk for EY.


Education and Professional Activities

Bill received his BBA degree from Baruch College and his MS degree from Pace University. He also attained his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and received an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Bill’s professional affiliations include The American Bar Association, The New York State and New Jersey State Bar Associations, The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The New Jersey and New York State Societies of Certified Public Accountants and the Wall Street Tax Association. Bill is an Assistant Professor in the graduate tax program at the City University of New York.

Don Roveto is a Partner in Deloitte’s Multistate Tax practice in New York. He has over 20 years of experience assisting corporate clients with multistate tax issues, focusing on corporate transactions, tax controversy matters, corporate restructuring, tax accounting, bankruptcy issues, strategic income tax refund reviews, tax compliance, and the implementation of state tax planning.  Mr. Roveto has advised a broad client base, including clients in the retail, manufacturing, technology, media, energy, real estate, financial services, and private equity industries. 

Prior to joining Deloitte, Mr. Roveto co-led the Northeast tax practice for a global professional services firm, where he most recently played a lead role in managing the tax aspects of the Lehman Brothers Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.  Prior to that role, Mr. Roveto worked for Deloitte and Arthur Andersen, where he focused on multi-state tax issues.

Mr. Roveto earned a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, and a master's degree in accountancy from Wake Forest University. Mr. Roveto is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Grace is a Boston-based Senior Manager in EY's Indirect Tax practice. As a sales and use tax professional with 9 years of experience serving clients, Grace excels at translating nuances of developing law into polished, innovative, and reliable tools that exceed the expectations of clients.


  • Grace specializes in complex sales and use tax issues related to retail, software, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications industries.
  • Serving a variety of global retailers, Grace has assisted clients improve their processes at all phases of the sales and use tax lifecycle including POS tax collection; mapping and validating proper tax treatment of product categories; sales and use tax and meals tax calculation and compliance; audit defense and controversy; as well as planning and structuring considerations.
  • Grace has extensive experience with industries particularly vulnerable to qui tam and class action litigation. By identifying and proactively remediating potential trouble spots, clients are able to mitigate risk and manage ongoing accuracy and efficiency in their sales and use tax compliance processes.
  • Grace works closely with clients undergoing large-scale reorganizations, mergers, or acquisitions to evaluate the transactions for possible sales and use tax consequences; review the target company and/or any new entities created for nexus and sourcing implications; and review any subsequent intercompany agreements for any new or ongoing sales and use tax obligations.
  • As part of many of Grace’s client serving engagements, she plans and executes remediation processes including, voluntary disclosures, managed audits, and audit defense, in addition to identifying and pursuing refund opportunities.

Education and certifications

  • Juris Doctor from New England School of Law
  • Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Fine Arts from Northeastern University
  • Member of the Massachusetts State Bar
  • Member of the Connecticut State Bar




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Jennie is a senior manager within Ernst & Young LLP’s Employment Tax Services in Iselin, New Jersey. Jennie concentrates on payroll and employment tax compliance and unemployment insurance tax implications of transitions related to mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, internal reorganizations and other transactions.

Jennie’s experience includes: 

  • Annual analysis of state unemployment tax statutory elections, afforded to all multi-corporate employers in select states (e.g., New York), implementing and modifying elections to realize annual benefits
  • Assistance with the post-merger payroll and employment tax transition and integration management, including federal, state and local withholding and unemployment tax registration/notification of the transaction, as well as advising on state unemployment tax elections
  • Consultation concerning practice and procedures surrounding multistate nonresident income tax withholding, with emphasis on New York noncompliance
  • Assistance to large financial service clients in operational transition related to year-end reporting and compliance; significant transactions will typically produce large volumes of federal and state tax notices, and Jennie assisted a client with responding and resolving related notices to address full compliance pursuant to the transition
  • Assistance in securing clients with medical resident FICA refunds of more than $500 million

Jennie is a CPA in Virginia and has both her Master’s of Accountancy (Tax Specialization) and BS of Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Keith Eisenstein is a Partner in the Indirect Tax practice of Ernst & Young LLP.  He has over 25 years of experience as a practicing state/local tax (“SALT”) consultant serving clients primarily in the Metro New York area.

Keith has expertise in providing services in all areas of state and local tax.  His primary practice area is income/franchise tax, including multi-state planning, audit defense/appeals, and transactional consulting.  Keith also provides similar services with respect to sales/use tax, property tax, employment tax, and credits/incentives.

He has worked with companies in various industries, including pharmaceuticals, technology, manufacturing, retail/consumer products, and services.  He has also provided services to both domestic and multi-national, inbound companies.

Keith is currently the East Region SALT Health Sciences Sector Leader for EY and the Chair of the EY Indirect Tax Technical Review Committee.


Education and Professional Affiliations

Keith received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Bucknell University and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. 

He is a member of the New Jersey and New York State Bars as well as the American Bar Association and New York State Bar Association.

Keith presents regularly at SALT conferences and coordinates EY’s annual East Region State and Local Tax Conference/Workshop.  Keith has also co-authored several articles regarding SALT issues. 

Louis Schatz serves as Chair of Shipman & Goodwin’s Tax and Employee Benefits Practice Group. From 2007 to 2017, Lou served on the firm’s seven-person Management Committee. He is the past Chair of the Tax Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.

Lou practices in the areas of federal and State of Connecticut tax with attention to the representation of closely held businesses organized as limited liability companies, partnerships and S corporations; real estate joint ventures; and the representation of taxpayers involved in federal and Connecticut tax controversies (at the audit, appellate and court levels). He is a frequent lecturer on federal and State of Connecticut tax, partnership and limited liability company issues. For many years he has been providing annual updates on Connecticut tax developments to accountants practicing in New York and New Jersey. His recent lectures include presentations to the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut Society of CPA's, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, the New York State Society of CPA's, the Long Island Tax Practitioner Symposium, the National Business Institute, the University of Connecticut Income Tax School, the New England Tax Institute, and the Foundation for Accounting Education in New York City. Louis is widely published, including his authorship of the latest edition of "Connecticut Limited Liability Act: Forms and Practice Manual," the leading treatise in Connecticut on limited liability companies.

As a member of the firm’s Opportunity Zones team, Lou advises clients on various aspects of the Qualified Opportunity Zones program.

Scott Malone focuses his practice on tax controversy matters, representing investment funds, multinational corporations, trusts, and high net worth individuals in disputes with the IRS and state and local taxing authorities. Scott also provides advice to clients on domestic and cross-border structuring and planning matters, including advice relating to trust restructuring, financial products, and withholding tax and FATCA issues. Scott also advises individuals and businesses on state tax planning matters involving residency, sourcing, apportionment and tax credit issues.



Scott received a B.A. in English from College of the Holy Cross in 2001 and a J.D., magna cum laude, in 2008 from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was a member of the St. John’s Law Review. He received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University in 2013.

Suneeta is a Principal in PwC’s New York Metro State and Local Tax Practice specializing in indirect taxes. Suneeta has significant experience providing outstanding client service around sales and use tax advisory services. These experiences include identifying and quantifying refund opportunities, managing and drafting multistate matrices in a variety of industries, researching complex state sales tax issues, state audit defense assistance, helping clients with voluntary disclosure agreements for sales and use tax liabilities, assisting clients with FAS 5/ASC 450 reviews, and drafting technical memoranda regarding sales and use tax issues.  Suneeta is a frequent speaker at IPT, COST, and TEI. 

Suneeta has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Rutgers University and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Suneeta is a member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation and achieved her Certified Member of the Institute designation in sales tax in 2007.