Prior to joining Downey, Smith & Fier, Jim worked in the compliance and audit sections of the California Board of Equalization. He also worked at Deloitte, where he lead the growth of their state and local tax practice and became the National Partner in Charge of Sales and Use Tax.
Jim has over 27 years of state and local tax experience and works with all types of businesses from Fortune 1000 and middle market clients to smaller companies as well. Jim has saved tens of millions of dollars for his clients through planning, audit assistance and overall tax compliance consulting. Jim's experience covers many industries including: manufacturing, high tech, bio tech, e-commerce, financial services, distribution and healthcare. Jim focuses on sales and use taxes for all states, city business taxes, including the City of Los Angeles, and excise taxes. Jim has developed significant contacts within the audit, appeals and collection divisions within these agencies.
Jim received his Bachelors of Science-Finance from San Diego State University and a Masters of Business-Taxation from the University of Southern California. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.