Joe Calianno

Joe Calianno

Tax Partner and International Technical Tax Practice Leader, National Tax Office


BDO Washington D.C. Office



Executive Summary

Joe Calianno is a Tax Partner and serves as the firm's International Technical Tax Practice Leader in BDO’s Washington D.C. office. He practices in all areas of international taxation and assists offices around the firm and the firm’s clients with complex international issues. He regularly advises on issues relating to cross-border restructuring and financing, subpart F, foreign tax credit planning, tax treaties and global tax rate reduction.

Prior to joining BDO, Joe was a partner with Grant Thornton’s National Tax Office where he served as the firm’s International Technical Tax Practice Leader and previously worked as Special Counsel to the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (International) in the office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). As Special Counsel, he served as a technical advisor and was involved in reviewing international tax regulations, revenue rulings, notices, Technical Advice Memoranda (TAMs), and Private Letter Rulings (PLRs), as well as providing technical advice to IRS field offices. He also spent several years in private practice advising clients in several areas of tax law, including international, corporate and partnership taxation.

Joe is also a guest lecturer at New York University Law School in the Graduate Tax Program (International Business Transactions class) and has been an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown Law School in the Graduate Tax Program.

Joe is a frequent presenter on international and corporate tax issues. He has spoken at several national and regional tax conferences, including the American Bar Association (ABA), AICPA, Atlas, BNA, D.C. Bar, Dallas Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, GW/IRS, Houston International Tax Forum, IFA, MACPA, NYU Advanced International Tax Institute, Practising Law Institute, Tax Executives Institute (TEI), St. Louis International Tax Group, USD School of Law/Procopio International Tax Institute, and the Wall Street and World Trade Council tax conferences.

He also has published numerous articles in national journals on international and corporate tax issues, including articles in such CCH publications as Global Tax Briefing, Journal of Passthrough Entities, Journal of International Tax, and Taxation of Global Transactions; such RIA publications as Business Entities, Journal of International Taxation, Journal of Corporate Taxation, Journal of Taxation, and Practising Law Institute; and a number of other publications, including International Tax Review, Tax Notes, Tax Notes International, Tax Management International Journal, Tax Management Memorandum and The Tax Adviser. His articles have been cited in several major treatises, and he frequently is quoted in the tax press on legislative and regulatory developments.

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Tax Section    
            Former Chair and Vice Chair, Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers (FAUST) Committee
            Former Chair, International Aspects of Subchapter C Sub-Committee, FAUST
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
            Cross-Border M&A Task Force, Chair
            International Tax Technical Resource Panel, Former Chair
            International Tax Technical Resource Panel, Former Vice-Chairman
Tax Advisor, Board of Advisors
Tax Executive Committee, Member
Atlas/BNA Bloomberg CITE, Board of Advisors
RIA’s Journal of International Taxation, Board of Advisors
RIA’s Journal of Corporate Tax, Board of Advisors


M.B.A., New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business
LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law
J.D., Villanova University School of Law, cum laude
            Villanova Law Review, member
B.S., Accounting, University of Scranton