for Immediate Release
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
“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.”
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.
Kraus earned his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College and his law degree
from Boston University School of Law.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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