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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Webcast

Joint Federal Taxation and State Taxation Interest Groups Meeting and Technical Session (E2010218)

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT

Registration: 2:00 PM EDT



2.0 CPE Credits in TX


The Fed Tax Interest Group and The State Tax Interest Group annually host a joint meeting so that the two groups can discuss issues of similar interest. At this year's meeting, we welcome back John Ficara from the NJ Division of Taxation. John will be giving an update on NJ including the budget, COVID-19, tax reform and Wayfair.




Neil Becourtney

Neil B. Becourtney, CPA

Tax Partner

CohnReznick LLP

Neil Becourtney, CPA, is a partner at CohnReznick. With expertise in representing clients facing tax examinations by the Internal Revenue Service, as well as state taxing authorities, he heads up the firm’s Tax Controversies Group. A regularly writer on tax subjects, Mr. Becourtney regularly monitors federal and state tax developments and frequently presents tax seminars. An active member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs (NJSCPA) for many years, Mr. Becourtney is a past chairperson of the NJSCPA New Jersey Taxation committee and is currently a member of its Editorial Advisory Board. Mr. Becourtney graduated from SUNY Albany in 1982 with a bachelor’s of science in accounting and earned a master’s of science degree in taxation from Pace University in 1986.

John Ficara

John Ficara, CPA

Acting Director

New Jersey Division of Taxation

John Ficara has been functioning as the Director of the New Jersey Division of Taxation since January 4, 2016. The Director oversees a staff of more than 1,400 who are responsible for the administration, enforcement and collection of 42 individual and business tax types in the State of New Jersey. John was previously Director of Tax and Tax Counsel for Columbus McKinnon Corporation, a Buffalo based global manufacturer of material handling equipment. He also was Corporate Tax Counsel for BASF, a German based global chemical manufacturing company, with US operations based in Florham Park, New Jersey. He has over four decades of experience as a tax professional, including seven years with Ernst & Young, and he has been an Adjunct Professor of Tax in the Fairleigh Dickinson University Graduate Tax program. A licensed Certified Public Accountant and Attorney, John earned his Law Degree from the Fordham University School of Law, and his Master’s in Tax law Degree from the NYU Graduate Law School.


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