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About Us

PMBA is a trusted provider of specialty tax services. With over 25 years of experience, PMBA delivers exceptional and innovative services including – but not limited to – Federal and State Tax Advisory Services, Software Implementation, and Asset Recovery. PMBA’s well-rounded team of “Big 4” alumni and tax professionals are dedicated to bringing seamless solutions so businesses can rest assured that their most complex tax challenges are in good hands.

Our Vision and Mission

PMBA aims to be recognized as the most dedicated and trusted firm in specialty tax consulting.

We spare no effort to provide our clients with the necessary expertise and tools to inform, improve, and implement the best solutions in Federal, State, and Local tax. To facilitate this mission, we approach each project with a philosophy of client centricity and collaboration.

Every day we strive to serve our clients better and provide them with more value. With the completion of each engagement, our team immediately explores additional tax-saving or profit-focused opportunities to offer our clients. If PMBA cannot provide the necessary solution to address our clients’ needs, then we turn to our network of Best-in-Class service providers to ensure each project’s success.

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Our Team

Chris Vignone MBA, Christopher Vignone MBA, Chistopher Vignone, Chris Vignone

Chris Vignone

CEO & Managing Director, Business Advisory

An acclaimed State & Local Tax specialist and thought leader, Chris is well known for his success in identifying multi-million dollar tax-saving opportunities for Fortune 1000 companies and implementing operational changes for long-term business efficiency. With more than 25 years of experience, he carries a wealth of knowledge in SALT and income audit defense and refund claims, VDAs for state & local taxes and unclaimed property, state & local credits and incentives, and tax technology consulting. Chris’s industry specialties include retail, telecommunications, bankruptcy, and turnarounds. He is a frequent lecturer at business and academic forums and an active member of industry trade associations such as AICPA and TEI. Chris holds a B.B.A. and M.B.A. from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business with a concentration in public accounting.

Service Specialty: Sales & Use Tax, Credits & Incentives, and Tax Controversy.

E: cvignone@pmbusinessadvisors.com
P: 646-593-0458

Peter J. Scalise, Peter Scalise

Peter J. Scalise

Managing Director, Federal Tax Credits & Incentives Practice Leader

Peter is a highly distinguished BIG 4 Alumnus Tax Practice Leader and has approximately 25 years of progressive tax leadership experience developing, managing and leading multi-million dollar tax advisory practices on a regional, national, and global level. He is a highly acclaimed thought leader in accounting and taxation with deep subject matter expertise in connection to designing, implementing and defending sustainable methodologies for specialty tax incentives.

Service Specialty: R&D Tax Incentives; Orphan Drug Tax Incentives; Comprehensive Fixed Asset Analysis incorporating Construction Tax Planning, Cost Segregation Analysis and TPR Compliance; IC-DISC Structuring Services; Energy Tax Benchmarking & Energy Tax Incentives; Accounting Methods and Periods Planning; and Television, Movie, & Broadway Production Tax Incentives.

E: pscalise@pmbusinessadvisors.com
P: 212-835-2211

Christopher S. Utschig P.E, Christopher Utschig, P.E, Christopher S. Utschig, Christopher Utschig, Chris Utschig

Christopher S. Utschig, P.E

Managing Director, Cost Segregation

Christopher S. Utschig is a licensed professional engineer with a proven track record spanning more than 30 years in the design and construction of both residential and commercial projects throughout the United States. He was responsible for projects with construction budgets ranging from $2M to over $50 million. Christopher has established a professional reputation for excellence in strategic planning, construction feasibility studies, cost estimating and profitability assessments, value engineering, and design-build strategies.  He delivers a flexible and transparent approach and creative and critical problem-solving skills resulting in the highest value for his clients.  Before joining PMBA, Christopher was the senior partner at Stevens Engineering PLLC and continues to retain a Board seat at the firm.  Before joining Stevens Engineering, Christopher served as Regional Vice President at Toll Brothers Inc.  He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Northeastern University and maintains his professional license in multiple states.

E: csu@pmbusinessadvisors.com

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Kamal R Shah, CPA

Managing Director, Indirect Tax

Kamal has been in the tax industry since 2005 and has assisted many companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies with complex tax matters. Over the past 15 years, Kamal has successfully identified and recovered more than $75M in overpaid indirect taxes for his clients. He has also developed many strong relationships with governmental agencies and auditors throughout the United States and assists taxpayers in various indirect tax areas, including but not limited to sales and use tax, gross receipts tax, and excise tax. Kamal works with clients from jurisdictions across the country in reverse tax audits, audit defense and appeal, tax systems automation, negotiation of voluntary compliance agreements, transaction analysis, and compliance services.

Service Specialities: Sales and Use Tax, Gross Receipts Tax, Excise Tax, Reverse Tax Audits, Audit Defense and Appeal

E: kshah@pmba.com

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Jaclyn Harris

Director of Tax Compliance

Jaclyn has over 12 years of experience in providing tax compliance services for various Fortune 500 companies. Before working at PMBA, Jaclyn worked at a Global Tax Consulting firm for 11 years as the Director of Operations for the Los Angeles location. She managed the entire payment processing center for the compliance practice. Jaclyn specializes in creating processes, organizing information, and assisting her clients in getting the most out of their experience. She is an expert in the retailer industry, with clients who have over 5,000 store locations. Jaclyn also has experience with Canadian compliance, gross receipts tax, tire fee returns, and food tax returns.

Service Specialties: Sales and Use Tax, Gross Receipts Tax, Sales Tax Payment Processing, Canada, Excise Tax

E: jharris@pmba.com

Eric

Eric Carrasco

Manager of Indirect Tax

As an Indirect Tax Manager at PMBA, Eric has helped his clients in determining their sales and use tax requirements, nexus analysis and setting up compliance, as well as providing sales and use tax audit defense. For the past seven years at PMBA, he has worked with numerous digital space industries ranging from video game companies and entertainment providers to billion-dollar digital advertising and software enterprises. Eric operates as one of only a handful of official Avalara software Implementors in North America and assists his clients in implementing the right sales tax solution for their specific needs.

Service Specialities: Certified Avalara Implementor, Creating Use Tax Processes, Sales and Use Tax Recovery, and Indirect Tax Due Process for Acquisitions and Mergers

E: ecarrasco@pmba.com

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