Briggs & Veselka Co., Houston’s largest independent accounting firm, announces the addition of John Cooney as head of the firm’s State & Local Tax (SALT) practice. Cooney brings more than 25 years’ experience in working with a wide range of companies developing solutions to complex state and local tax problems. Cooney joins the firm from a Big Four firm, where he was a SALT partner for 19 years, and earlier served as the local market leader for the SALT practice and the Indirect Tax National Practice Leader.

Cooney’s specialization is assisting clients with identifying and obtaining large sales and use tax refunds, audit reductions, and tax credits in addition to building processes and procedures that reduce the overall SALT burden. His philosophy is to teach a client why they overpaid tax as opposed to getting them the same refunds over and over again.

“I’m very happy to be joining Briggs & Veselka. I spoke to many firms as part of my transition from Big 4, and it was obvious that B&V shares my commitment to client service. The professionals I met at B&V are people of integrity working in a team environment, and they are obsessed with delivering high quality, value-added services to their clients. I am convinced our SALT team will save B&V clients a lot of money and heartache in the area of state and local taxes,” said Cooney.

“As our clients grow in their level of sophistication and in their footprint, we saw the need to expand our tax services to address new opportunities,” said Briggs & Veselka Managing Shareholder John Flatowicz. “Adding someone of John’s caliber and experience will be an asset not only to the tax practice, but to the firm overall, as he will bring a different perspective that will benefit the firm and our clients,” he added.

Cooney, a native of Houston, earned his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and began his career at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts before joining a Big Four firm.