Tax Reform and What it Means for Your Business

03/11/2018 at 2:00 pm

The sweeping $1.5 trillion new tax law represents the biggest change to tax code in a generation. Tax reform of this magnitude will have broad implications – both on businesses and the people behind them. But what does the new legislation really mean for your business, and for you?
Join BDO USA, LLP tax experts Cassie Hartogs, Jeff Bilsky, Angela Acosta and Tim Ross as they present the latest updates regarding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the implications to entities and individuals.

Cassie Hartogs, CPA
Tax Office Managing Partner


Cassie has more than 20 years of experience providing diversified strategic tax planning, tax compliance, and examination services. With a focus on serving government contractors, she has managed numerous multi-entity tax engagements for both large and small S-Corporations, C-Corporations and partnerships, as well as individual clients. Cassie’s areas of expertise include; S-Corporation tax planning, including multi-state issues; mergers and acquisitions; overall strategic tax planning and advisory services.


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Certified Public Accountant
Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants


B.S., Accounting, West Virginia University

Tim Ross, CPA
Tax Partner


With more than 25 years of public accounting experience, Tim serves clients in several business segments and industries in both the private and public sectors. He has provided entity and corporate tax services to both publicly traded and closely held companies with operations in multiple international and domestic locations.

Tim’s technical experience includes business entity taxation, tax accounting, commercial transactions and structure, private equity, and domestic and global taxation. He routinely advises clients on a wide variety of high-level tax and business issues, including complex corporate tax planning and structuring, tax accounting, R&D tax credits, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate international tax.


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Association for Corporate Growth – National Capital Chapter, Membership Committee
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tax Committee
Virginia Society of Public Accountants


B.S., Accounting, Indiana University

Angela Acosta, CPA, MBA
Managing Director

Atlantic Region State & Local Tax Practice Leader


Angela has approximately 25 years of experience in all aspects of state and local taxation including: planning and restructuring of multi-state businesses, unitary taxation, audit controversy and appeal, nexus determinations, voluntary disclosure agreements, negotiated incentives, tax credits, ASC 740 and ASC 450 review, litigation support, mergers and acquisition, sales and use tax consulting, outsourced engagements, unclaimed property and many others. She has knowledge in all areas of state and local taxes and has extensive experience in income and franchise taxes.


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Former Vice Chair of the State and Local Taxation Task Force and BTAG Liaison
Prior Board Chair, Accounting Aid Society


M.B.A., Michigan State University
B.A., Accounting, Michigan State University

Jeffrey N. Bilsky, CPA
National Tax Partner


Jeff is the Technical Practice Leader for BDO’s National Tax Office Partnership Taxation group. With more than 22 years of experience, Jeff focuses on advising clients on the use of partnerships in operating businesses, investment fund structures, mergers & acquisitions, and business restructurings.

Examples of services include structuring and modeling partnership “Up-C” initial public offerings, leveraged partnership transactions, domestic and off-shore private equity funds, and complex partnership debt transactions. Jeff has extensive experience addressing complex partnership transactions including capital account maintenance, income/loss allocations, and liability allocations. He leads development of BDO’s capital account maintenance and income allocation tools.


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants
National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts


M.S., Taxation, Texas A&M University
B.S., Accounting, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Event Highlights


Date: March 11

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Non-member: $100


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