Janet Bernier

Janet Bernier

Principal; Income and Franchise Tax Northeast Region Leader


BDO New York - Park Avenue Office



Executive Summary

Janet Bernier is the leader for BDO's northeast region Income and Franchise Tax practice. She brings more than 25 years of public accounting experience, as well as tax litigation experience to her clients. As a tax consultant, she has developed a niche for successfully working with Fortune 500 clients involved in a variety of state and local tax matters. Janet’s clients include multistate manufacturing and distribution corporations, telecommunication companies, financial service organizations, medical devices, and professional service firms. 
Janet’s client services include tax compliance, state tax controversy resolution, corporate income/franchise tax planning, corporate restructuring, sales and use taxers as well as due diligence and transactional reviews. Her in-depth background includes assisting companies and local governments with creating and sustaining jobs through tax credits and business incentives plus private-public relationship building through financing opportunities. Her relationships with both tax authorities and economic development agencies have resulted in unprecedented and ground-breaking tax and financial benefits for clients. 
In addition to working closely with clients, Janet frequently shares her expertise with members of professional and industry organizations through speaking engagements on topics related to state and local tax planning, as well as economic development incentives. She has authored numerous articles and has taught continuing legal education (CLE) and continuing professional education (CPE) courses.

Professional Affiliations

New York State Bar
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Federal District Court


J.D., St. John’s University School of Law
B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook