DANIEL P. PHILLIPS CPA

Dan has more than 25 years of experience in all areas of domestic and international tax planning for both privately held and publicly owned businesses.

Dan provides services to firm clients that include the development and communication of tax strategies to management and international tax planning and compliance, incorporating structuring for outbound and inbound transactions. He serves many clients owned by private equity firms and has advised in all types of mergers and acquisitions, including due diligence and acquisition structuring, in a variety of industries.

Dan’s industry expertise includes transportation/logistics, manufacturing, professional services, real estate and construction. He is actively involved with the firm’s Transportation and Logistics Industry Group.

Education

B.S. – Accounting, Penn State University

Professional and Community Involvement

Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public
Accountants

Member—Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association

Member—Schneider Downs Transportation and Logistics Industry Group

Member—March of Dimes Western PA Market Board

Member—Leadership Pittsburgh XXV

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Do you have a hobby or personal passion?
I love hockey.

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
When dealing with others, place yourself in their shoes to gain perspective

What was your childhood dream?
To be an inventor

People would be surprised to know that I…….

have been skydiving

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?
The planning and problem solving that we do every day.

What was your first job?
Hills Department Store – putting price tags on clothes

Do you have a “motto?”
Always be positive. Always be optimistic.

Do you have advice for young professionals?
When it comes to your career – focus on the long term and the big picture.

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Big Problem: New Accounting Methods For Significant Refunds.


Big Thinking: Seven Figure Tax Savings.

A part of Schneider Downs since 1988, JAY MEGLICH provides auditing and consulting services to a variety of businesses and tax-exempt organizations.
While speaking with a client, the conversation turned to tax reporting for retainages held under contract. Jay suggested the client have a follow up meeting with the tax team to look into this issue in more detail and review the overall method of reporting that was being used for income tax reporting purposes. After changing their accounting methods, we filed amended returns for open tax years and were able to get the client a significant refund on prior year’s returns. Plus, this new favorable reporting method was implemented going forward. “It’s always satisfying to help clients find new and unexpected savings,” Meglich said. “This client was then able to leverage the cash flow into financing that assisted them in expanding their operations and eventually to the purchase of a larger facility to continue their growth.” 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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