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Governor Corbett Announces Nominations to Board of Finance and Revenue

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Feb. 24, 2014                       


Governor Corbett Announces Nominations to Board of Finance and Revenue


Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett has announced the nominations of David Kraus and Scott Shearer to the Board of Finance and Revenue.

“David Kraus and Scott Shearer will be great additions to the Board of Finance and Revenue,” Governor Corbett said. “Their vast knowledge and extensive experience in the area of the state tax structure will prove to be very beneficial to the board.”

David Kraus serves as Chief Counsel to the Department of Revenue, advising the Secretary of Revenue and Governor’s office on state tax matters. Previously, Kraus was employed by McNees, Wallace and Nurick as the State Tax Counsel, ReedSmith, LLP as a State Tax Partner and Dechert, LLP as a state tax partner and managing partner of the firm’s Harrisburg office. Kraus also served as counsel to the Board of Finance and Revenue.

Mr. Kraus earned his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College and his law degree from Boston University School of Law.

“I am very confident in Dave’s ability to perform the duties of his new position,” said Corbett. “Dave is familiar with the Board of Finance and Revenue having served as counsel to the board and having represented taxpayers before the board for over two decades.”

Scott Shearer is a partner at Keefer Wood Allen and Rahal, LLP specializing in Pennsylvania State Tax. Previously, Shearer was employed as a partner at Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellot law firm and Mette Evans and Woodside law firm in Harrisburg. Additionally, Shearer was a Deputy Attorney General for the Pennsylvania Department of Justice in the Tax Litigation Unit.

Mr. Shearer received his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University. He earned his law degree from Dickinson School of Law and his LLM Tax degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

“Scott Shearer’s knowledge of state tax issues is exceptional,” Corbett said. “He will provide the Board of Finance and Revenue with an in-depth knowledge of state tax law.”

The Board of Finance and Revenue (BF&R) is a Pennsylvania tax appeal board that hears and decides appeals involving tax matters, including, sales and use tax, corporate tax, personal income tax and other miscellaneous taxes. It is generally the second level of appeal, reviewing decisions of the Department of Revenue’s Board of Appeals. BF&R also selects depositories for commonwealth funds and biannually determines the interest rate for commonwealth deposits.

Media Contact:  Governor’s Press Office, 717-783-1116



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