Tax Alert

Have ideas or feedback for the Kansas Legislature on Kansas tax issues? Here's your opportunity.

January, 23, 2015

Two Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C. (AGH) tax professionals will serve on a Kansas Society of CPAs (KSCPA) committee providing research, feedback and possible testimony on tax issues to the Kansas Legislature. The group's first meeting will take place next Wed., Jan. 28.

If you have comments, insights or suggestions on state tax issues, please contact Shawn Sullivan or Jerry Capps using their information below.

As Governor Sam Brownback and the Kansas legislature work to address the state's budget shortfall with a combination of taxation strategies, Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan expressed interest in working with a group of knowledgeable professionals to evaluate and provide feedback on the various strategies proposed. Responding to that need, the KSCPA has tapped into its 2,700 CPA members to form an advisory group. the group, which comprises seven CPAs from around the state and KSCPA staff, has committed to provide support and research for tax-related issues that arise from legislative inquiries or action.

Governor Brownback's proposal to close the budget shortfall included a combination of slowing and stopping state income tax cuts, and adding so-called "sin taxes" on cigarettes and liquor.

If you have questions about your federal, state, local, sales, utility or property taxes, please contact Shawn or Jerry using the information below.

Shawn Sullivan

Senior Vice President
Tax Services

Shawn serves as one of two primary leaders in the firm’s large tax group. He has extensive public and private experience in the fields of tax and accounting and works frequently with clients in the manufacturing, wholesale/retail distribution, real estate development and management, construction, and contractor industries. In addition to enhancing business performance to minimize tax consequences, he has experience in mergers and acquisitions and international tax and business structuring.

A certified public accountant, Shawn is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA) and chairs the KSCPA Committee on Taxation.



Gerald Capps, JD

Senior Vice President
State and Local Tax

Jerry Capps and his State and Local Tax (SALT) team provide sophisticated state and local tax planning, strategic advice and advocacy to numerous mid-market, Fortune 100 and industry-leading companies. The team has returned many millions of dollars in one-time and recurring tax savings to companies.

In addition to planning and compliance, the SALT practice includes legislation and policy, litigation, and controversy matters involving income, franchise, sales and use and property taxes. His work involves critical questions on nexus, apportionment, the Multistate Tax Compact, and the equal protection, due process, and commerce clauses of the United States Constitution. Capps is also a respected advocate on issues of tax policy. He represents clients in all phases of state and local tax controversy, including audit assistance and administrative hearings, and he provides counsel on state and local income and transactional costs for mergers, acquisitions and corporate reorganizations. He has been engaged as a keynote speaker for organizations including the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, state and local CPA societies, university and professional accounting conferences, and chambers of commerce.

Capps is a member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Bar Association, and the Kansas Bar Association.

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