Sylvia F. Dion, CPA is the Founder & Managing Member of PrietoDion Consulting Partners LLC, a tax consulting firm specializing in providing State & Local Tax (SALT) consulting and compliance services to companies throughout the United States and in Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Asia.
Prior to launching PrietoDion Consulting Partners, LLC, Sylvia's 25 plus years of professional tax experience include holding SALT Senior Management and Leadership positions with Ernst & Young (EY) and Grant Thornton, including serving as the New England Area Director of Employment Tax Services for EY. In addition to her public accounting experience, Sylvia has also worked in corporate tax departments of several high-tech, software and manufacturing companies. Currently, Sylvia specializes in providing tax consulting and compliance services to U.S. businesses as well as to businesses in many parts of the world.
In addition to providing tax consulting services and solutions, Sylvia is a speaker, writer and avid tax blogger. Her articles on SALT issues and developments have been published in the Journal of Accountancy, Journal of State Taxation, Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives, Journal of Practical US/Domestic Tax Strategies, Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Multistate Tax Report, Bloomberg BNA Weekly State Tax Report, Tax-Analysts State Tax Notes, and Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) Tax Report. Sylvia is also the author of the "Minding Massachusetts" column published quarterly in Tax Analysts - State Tax Notes. She also frequently presents to executive and industry groups and on practitioner webcasts and has been quoted in several news reports and articles, including in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the Boston Globe, Forbes.com, NPR and other media.
Sylvia is also regarded as an authority on State "Amazon Laws" and Federal "Internet Sales Tax" legislation and has written about every federal proposal that have been introduced by the U.S. Congress since 2010. Sylvia has also become recognized as a respected source on the sales tax implications of "deal-of-the-day" (e.g., Groupon) transactions and has authored journal articles and several blog articles on states treatment of Groupon and other deal-of-the-day promotions. Her reporting in this area has received favorable mention by Forbes.com.
As a Massachusetts based practitioner, Sylvia is also regarded as a subject matter expert and top advisor on Massachusetts tax issues. Her writing and blogging efforts have also focused on Massachusetts tax developments, including authoring articles and blogs on significant Massachusetts tax developments, such as the enactment and repeal of the Massachusetts' "tech-tax", Massachusetts' adoption of economic nexus for sales tax, and enactment of the Massachusetts recreational Marijuana law.
Sylvia is also a contributor to premier sales tax resource website, SalesTaxSupport.com, where she blogs on eCommerce/Internet Sales Tax, Massachusetts Sales Tax, and U.S. Sales Tax for Foreign Sellers. Sylvia is also a tax contributor for AllBusinessExperts, the "Experts" blog of AllBusiness.com's SMB business resource website, and the creator and curator of a SALT focused on-line newsletter, The State & Local Tax Daily.
She holds a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) - Accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Masters in Professional Accounting (MPA) - Taxation Specialization, from the University of Texas at Austin. Sylvia is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Sylvia has been happily married for 25 years, is the mother of a 20 year-old son and 15 year old twins, is a passionate foodie and cook, is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French.
You can connect with Sylvia in the following ways:
Through LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/sylviadioncpa, via Twitter: @SylviaDionCPA, via Skype: @firstname.lastname@example.org or via email: email@example.com