BRIAN W. MATTHEWS CPA, CM&AA

Brian joined Schneider Downs in January 2007 and has more than 15 years of public accounting experience. Brian has extensive experience providing consulting services including buy side and sell side diligence and financial modeling. Brian will be responsible for the coordination, management and overall delivery of services.

Prior to joining the Business Advisory Group, Brian provided audit and assurance services to a variety of industries, including construction, manufacturing, transportation and radio broadcasting, in addition to clients in the not-for-profit sector and with publicly traded and private equity owned entities.

Education

B.S.—Business Administration, Robert Morris University
M.S.—Accounting, Robert Morris University

Professional and Community Involvement

Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants

Past Member—Schneider Downs Manufacturing Services Industry Group

Subject Matter Expert—Topic 842 Lease Accounting

Member—Schneider Downs Private Equity Industry Group

Member—Association of Corporate Group

Board Member and Past Treasurer—North Hills Affordable Housing, Inc. (HEARTH)

Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA)

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Do you have a hobby/personal passion?  
Hockey and golf

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?  
Treat people as you would want to be treated.

Who is your role model?  
My parents.

What was your childhood dream?  
Professional athlete, but having been a multiple sport athlete, the dream changed each season.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self?
After failing the Taxes I mid-term…it’ll all be okay.

People would be surprised to know that I…  
Have a 3rd degree black belt in Tea Kwon Do.  I started at 5 years old and stuck with it all the way through high school.

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?  
I’m really helping our clients and communities be better.  My career is so much more than the stereotypical accountant.

What was your first job?  
Lot attendant and mechanic’s assistant at my dad’s garage.

Do you have a “motto”? (spoken or unspoken)  
Go for it.

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do? 
Relax and just enjoy the down time with my family; there’s not a lot of it!  By relax, I’m probably playing hockey or some other sport with my kids.

Do you have advice for young professionals?  
Find a career, not a job.

Our Thoughts On

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Big Problem: Emerging Technology Client Unaware Of Sales Tax Requirements Upon Exit


Big Thinking: Perform Multi-jurisdictional Tax Exposure Analysis To Ensure Compliance

Shareholder TREVOR WARREN joined Schneider Downs in 2001 and has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting. He mainly focuses on audit, review and compilation engagements, and he services a diversified number of industries, from automotive to nonprofit. He also leads the firm’s Emerging Technology Services Group.
When one of the firm’s emerging technology clients was making plans to sell their business, Trevor and his team noticed that they were unaware of sales tax filing requirements. Knowing from experience how complex such requirements can be for emerging technology companies who sell products across multiple taxing jurisdictions, Trevor and his team understood that this missing piece would pose issues during due diligence and could negatively impact the client’s sale. To help ensure that the sale went smoothly, Trevor and his team suggested that the Schneider Downs state and local tax group perform a sales tax nexus study on the company. The group performed an analysis on both the client’s material revenue streams and the sales tax reporting requirements in the jurisdictions where they had customers. Then, Trevor and his team used that information to estimate the client’s total tax exposure, pinpoint the jurisdictions with significant exposure and help draft Voluntary Disclosure Agreements in those the jurisdictions. “We know that these requirements can be hard on early-stage companies when they have limited staff and revenue generation is a primary focus,” said Trevor. “By doing this analysis and going through the voluntary disclosure agreement process, we were able to get the company compliant with their sales tax filing requirements at a significantly reduced cost.” In addition, this process eliminated tax issues and exposure for the company upon exit. Schneider Downs provides Big Thinking and Personal Focus in delivering a variety of services for large and small businesses, both publicly and privately held, as well as nonprofit organizations, government entities and more. Through our commitment to thought leadership and knowledge management, we deliver the solutions our clients need with a personal commitment to service.

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