Overview

Jess is a member of HCVT’s State and Local Tax Practice, bringing over 30 years of experience to the firm. He has advised multi-billion-dollar corporations regarding their audits, assessments, and multi-state tax issues. Jess specializes in California income and tax credits, worldwide combined reporting, multistate taxation, as well as city business licenses. Before joining HCVT, Jess ran his own business as a State & Local tax consultant and advisor to individuals, corporations, CPAs, and attorneys. Jess has also worked at the Franchise Tax Board (FTB), as well as Deloitte where he was a member of their National Controversy Team. At Deloitte, he managed all phases of a states audit, including the preplanning to settlement negotiations with the FTB. Jess also assisted in launching and developing Crowe Horwath LLP’s State and Local Tax practice. 

Jess graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor’s in accounting. He is an Enrolled Agent with the IRS and a member of the Orange County Society of Enrolled Agents. Jess is also a lifetime member of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting, has been a recipient of ALPFA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and a member of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Southern California Advisory Board.

Professional Experience

Jess B Penilla State & Local Tax Consultant
Crowe Horwath LLP
Deloitte Tax LLP
Franchise Tax Board

Professional and Community Involvement

Lifetime member of Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting (ALPFA)
Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Southern California Advisory Board
Orange County Society of Enrolled Agents

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Recipient of ALPFA’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2005

Practice Area & Specialization

Credentials and Certifications

  • Enrolled Agent, IRS

Education

BS, Accounting, California State University Fullerton

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