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    Michael J. Cataldo

    Michael J. Cataldo
    Special Counsel

    T: +1.415.983.1954 F: +1.415.983.1200
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    Michael Cataldo is a special counsel in the firm's State and Local Tax practice and is located in the San Francisco office. Mr. Cataldo represents corporate and individual clients in state and local tax controversies across the country during audits, administrative appeals, litigation, and settlement. He also provides state and local tax planning and transactional advice on a broad range of taxes imposed by state and local jurisdictions throughout the United States.

    Mr. Cataldo’s practice focuses primarily on state and local corporate income and franchise tax, sales and use tax, real property transfer tax, personal income tax, and gross receipts tax imposed by jurisdictions throughout the country. He regularly represents and advises clients from a broad range of industries on issues such as nexus, apportionment, business/non-business income, unitary combined reporting, and the taxability and sourcing of transactions for sales and use tax purposes.

    Mr. Cataldo practices before the California Franchise Tax Board and the State Board of Equalization, and regularly represents clients in tax disputes with other states and local jurisdictions. Mr. Cataldo has negotiated voluntary disclosure agreements and secured private letter rulings with California and most other states, as well as local taxing jurisdictions for a variety of taxes, including corporate income and franchise taxes, and sales and use taxes.

    Mr. Cataldo also provides federal and state income and franchise tax advice to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, including educational, civic, charitable and political organizations. He advises tax-exempt clients on formation, compliance, ruling requests, audits, voluntary disclosure, and settlement.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cataldo served as a Tax Manager at a Big Four accounting firm, and as Tax Counsel to the California Franchise Tax Board where he provided technical and policy advice, and represented the Board in various income and franchise tax administrative appeals and litigation.

    Mr. Cataldo has been a regular speaker on various state and local tax issues, including at the Annual California Tax Policy Conference, and before the Council on State Taxation, the Tax Executives Institute, and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation.

    Courts

    Federal District Court, Northern California; 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

    Speaking Engagements

    California and Arizona Update - COST 2016 Spring Audit Session/Income Tax Conference, April 19, 2016.

    Discussion of State Tax Cases, Issues and Policy Matters to Watch - COST 2016 Pacific Southwest Regional State Tax Seminar, February 3, 2016.

    What’s Shaking in California – Featuring Significant California Tax Developments and Potential Changes - COST 2016 Pacific Southwest Regional State Tax Seminar, February 3, 2016.

    And Now, the Rest of the Story… Oh, Those Local Taxes – 2015 Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar and California Tax Policy Conference, November 6, 2015.

    Arizona Update - COST 2015 46th Annual Meeting/Fall Audit Session, October 22, 2015.

    Discussion of State Tax Cases, Issues, and Policy Matters to Watch - Tax Executives Institute San Diego Chapter State & Local Tax Seminar, September 16, 2015.

    The Future of State Taxation - Tax Executives Institute San Diego Chapter State & Local Tax Seminar, September 16, 2015.

    Indirect Tax Update - Tax Executives Institute San Diego Chapter State & Local Tax Seminar, September 16, 2015.

    The Future of State Taxation - Tax Executives Institute Orange County Chapter State & Local Tax Day, May 6, 2015.

    New York State and City Reform - Tax Executives Institute Orange County Chapter State & Local Tax Day, May 6, 2015.

    Discussion of State Tax Cases, Issues, and Policy Matters to Watch - Tax Executives Institute Orange County Chapter State & Local Tax Day, May 6, 2015.

    Arizona Update - COST 2015 Spring Audit Session/Income Tax Conference, April 23, 2015.

    Discussion of State Tax Cases, Issues and Policy Matters to Watch in 2015 - COST Pacific Southwest Regional State Tax Seminar, February 19, 2015.

    Arizona Update - COST 2014 45th Annual Meeting/Fall Audit Session, October 22, 2014.

    Latest Developments in California and Other States’ Research and Development Credits – COST California & Pacific Southwest Regional State Tax Seminar, August 7, 2014.

    Dealing with the State Tax Provision & Required FIN 48 Disclosures – including Nexus Issues, Potential Use of VDA's or the MTC, Seeking Rulings from the States & Best Practices in Getting Opinions from Outside Counsel – COST 2010 Pacific Southwest Regional State Tax Seminar, December 7, 2010.

    California Update - Are We There Yet?  An update on recent California law changes in such areas as nexus, apportionment, credits, net operating losses, disclosure, and penalties, and discussion of current California tax litigation - Institute for Professionals in Taxation Income Tax Symposium, November 10, 2009.

    California Budget Woes & Tax Changes - Updates on Understatement Penalty, Income & Franchise Taxes, & Certain Non-Income Taxes (Transactional & Property Taxes) – COST Pacific Southwest Regional State Tax Seminar, June 12, 2009.

    Admissions
    State of California
    Education
    J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1999
    LL.M., New York University School of Law, 2001
    B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994

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