Janet Bernier

Principal

JD

BDO New York - Park Avenue Office

212-515-5405

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Executive Summary

Janet is the leader for northeast region’s State and Local Tax Practice.  She brings over 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. 
 
Janet directs the firm’s Northeast State and Local Tax Group.  In addition to working closely with clients, she 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 CLE and CPE courses.
 
Prior to joining BDO, Janet served as the Tax Partner-In-Charge of the New York office for a middle-market firm leading its Tax Specialty Services group, as well as overseeing the tax compliance function.  Earlier in her career, she was a State and Local Tax Partner with a Big Four practice.

Professional Affiliations

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

Education

Juris Doctorate, St. John’s University School of Law

B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook