Zaino Hall & Farrin is proud to announce that Debora Dardinger McGraw has been appointed by Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman to serve on the Ohio Tax Credit Authority. Debora, who is an attorney and certified public accountant, will continue to serve as a member of Zaino Hall & Farrin LLC. She helped build the law firm’s current legal practice focused on state and local taxes, including audit defense and litigation, refund review, tax planning and government relations.
At ZHF, Debora’s legal practice includes representation of clients as lead counsel on state and local tax matters during audits, appeals, and litigation, including settlement negotiations. Debora has also provided legislative assistance to clients on various tax areas including joint economic development zone and district reform, opposing sales tax on services, addressing the withholding adjustment factor for job creation and retention tax credits, and rescinding the tax on employment services.
The Tax Credit Authority is a five-member independent board consisting of taxation and economic development professionals from throughout the state. It is charged with reviewing and approving applications for tax credit assistance. In addition, the Tax Credit Authority and its compliment of staff provided by the Ohio Department of Development have oversight responsibilities that include annual monitoring and reporting the progress of approved tax credit projects.
Prior to joining ZHF, Debora spent 16 years in public accounting where she worked in the federal income and state and local tax practices, leading the Ohio case and controversy practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Debora held various other positions but most notably she served as the leader of the Columbus office tax management team and primary contact for many Ohio based companies.