Briggs & Veselka Taps Cooney to Head SALT Practice

John Cooney

John Cooney

Houston-based Briggs & Veselka Co. (FY16 net revenue of $35.4 million) announces the addition of John Cooney as head of the firm’s State & Local Tax (SALT) practice. Cooney brings more than 25 years of experience in working with a wide range of companies developing solutions to complex state and local tax problems.

Cooney joins the firm from a Big 4 firm, where he was a SALT partner for 19 years.

Cooney’s specialization is in assisting clients with identifying and obtaining large sales and use tax refunds, audit reductions and tax credits in addition to building processes and procedures that reduce the overall SALT burden. His philosophy is to teach a client why they overpaid tax as opposed to getting them the same refunds over and over again.

“The professionals I met at B&V are people of integrity working in a team environment, and they are obsessed with delivering high-quality, value-added services to their clients. I am convinced our SALT team will save B&V clients a lot of money and heartache in the area of state and local taxes,” says Cooney.

“As our clients grow in their level of sophistication and in their footprint, we saw the need to expand our tax services to address new opportunities,” says Briggs & Veselka MP John Flatowicz. “Adding someone of John’s caliber and experience will be an asset not only to the tax practice, but to the firm overall, as he will bring a different perspective that will benefit the firm and our clients,” he added.