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John L. Otten


Tax Practice Leader
Greenville, SC

Professional Overview

John focuses on providing tax services to companies with multi-state and international operations in the manufacturing and distribution, service, and technology sectors. He has worked extensively with Private Equity and other investment/financing groups in structuring deals and providing tax optimization strategies to portfolio companies. With more than 25 years of experience, he has worked extensively in the areas of corporate and pass-through entity tax compliance, and has significant experience in the preparation and analysis of income tax provisions and other ASC Topic 740 reporting matters. John assists customers with complex tax reporting and planning in areas such as state and local taxation, economic incentives, consolidated filings, and . In addition, he has experience in representing customers before the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities.

Education, Credentials, and Special Training

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Master of Accountancy with Tax Specialization, University of Georgia
  • B.S., Business Administration, and Accounting, magna cum laude, Presbyterian College

Civic and Community Activities

  • Former Board Member and Treasurer, The Children’s Museum of Greenville
  • United Way, Young Philanthropists
  • Alumnus, Leadership Greenville, Greenville Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Member, Greenville Downtown Symphony Club
  • Alumnus, Leadership Greenville, Greenville Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Treasurer and Executive Committee Member, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County
  • Greenville Best & Brightest Under 35, Class of 2006
  • Participant, Opportunity Greenville, 2001

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants

Thought Leadership 

  • “Selling Firm a Tricky Issue,” Charlotte Business Journal, 2012
  • “The New Health Care Bill:  How It Impacts You and Your Business”, SC Chamber of Commerce Seminar
  • “Business Tax Update,” SC Manufacturers Alliance Manufacturing Matters Seminar, 2009
  • “Manufacturing Niche Roundtable,” Manufacturing Services Association Conference, 2009
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