Curtis Best, CPA, is a Partner in the Tax Group at Marks Paneth. He is an international tax specialist with more than 20 years of public accounting experience who has served as a partner and tax manager in global professional services firms. Before joining Marks Paneth, Mr. Best was a partner in international tax and leader of his previous firm’s US Base Erosion and Profit Sharing (BEPS) team. His clients have included multinational companies, closely-held corporations with up to $1 billion in annual revenues, other middle-market business entities and related individuals.
Mr. Best specializes in global tax structures and optimization. His areas of focus include international tax structuring and minimization, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and software planning, permanent establishment planning, foreign tax credit planning, transfer pricing, cash repatriation, export incentives, and inbound and outbound tax planning and compliance. As a result of serving as a CFO/controller and mortgage consultant for a southeastern regional mortgage company, he developed strong expertise in financial reporting, strategic planning, tax and legal oversight, licensing and regulatory oversight in various states, mortgage servicing and foreclosures, investor relations and management of warehouse bank lines.
Mr. Best is licensed to practice as a certified public accountant (CPA) in North Carolina and South Carolina. His license to practice in New York State is pending. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA), the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA) and the International Fiscal Association.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, and his Masters of Taxation at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He is based in Marks Paneth’s midtown Manhattan headquarters and resides in New York City.