State and Local Tax Team

Experienced team. Proven results.

Wipfli's State and Local Tax Team consists of dedicated tax consultants specializing in state and local tax matters. This team brings unmatched experience and unique insider perspective with members who have previously served as auditors/supervisors for state departments of revenue. Dedicated experts offer in-depth knowledge, revenue department insights, and the ability to deliver value-added services to help shore-up state and local tax strategies.

 
Craig Cookle  



Craig Cookle, CPA
Partner

With over 28 years of experience, Craig serves as the leader of Wipfli's State and Local Tax practice. Prior to joining Wipfli in 2005, he was the director of the Wisconsin sales and use tax practice of a national accounting firm. He was also a field auditor with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. This knowledge and experience enables him to provide value add service to his clients in terms of state and local tax savings and efficient resolution of state audits. 

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Austin DeMoss, MBA
Manager

Austin is a member of Wipfli LLP’s state and local tax group and a firmwide resource in assisting with and resolving clients’ multistate tax issues.  As a former auditor for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, his knowledge and experience help him provide the best possible outcome for clients of all sizes.  Austin is committed to providing outstanding customer service and helping his clients to understand the complex world of sales and use tax.

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Linda Feirn  


Linda Feirn
Partner

With over 19 years of public accounting experience, Linda focuses on the areas of tax planning, compliance, and research with a focus on state and local taxes. She assists clients in managing their sales and use tax audits, reviewing their sales and use tax compliance and procedures, and researching and structuring complex sales and use tax transactions. 

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Tara Johnson  


Tara Johnson
Senior Manager

Tara has over 12 years of public accounting experience assisting clients in a variety of industries with federal, state, and local tax compliance. She specializes in providing varying levels of assistance with sales tax audit defense to minimize tax exposure issues raised by auditors and reviewing transactions in reverse audits for the purpose of identifying sales tax overpayment opportunities.

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Jessica Macklin, CPA
Senior Manager

Jessica is a senior manager in Wipfli LLP’s tax department, providing tax planning and preparation services for corporations, partnerships, farmers, and individuals. She specializes in state and local taxation and helps clients navigate the tax laws of the state and local jurisdictions in which they operate. Jessica’s clients appreciate her vast state and local tax knowledge as well as her timeliness and responsiveness to their questions and issues.

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Dan Kidney    


Dan Kidney, CPA, JD

Director

Dan Kidney is a director in Wipfli’s SALT practice and has nearly 20 years of experience dedicated to SALT matters. He has served both Fortune 100 multinational and small businesses and has deep knowledge across a broad range of SALT topics. He especially enjoys explaining those concepts to businesses and their owners to help them solve problems and bring them value.

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Craig Cookle, CPA
Partner

With over 28 years of experience, Craig serves as the leader of Wipfli's State and Local Tax practice. Prior to joining Wipfli in 2005, he was the director of the Wisconsin sales and use tax practice of a national accounting firm. He was also a field auditor with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. This knowledge and experience enables him to provide value add service to his clients in terms of state and local tax savings and efficient resolution of state audits. 

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