Brent and Haven have served our company with a wide variety of sales tax issues over the past two years, including audits, recovery of overpaid taxes on purchases, assistance with our Avalara sales tax implementation, hearings and appeals with the Oklahoma Tax Commission, nexus determination, issues with vendors and exemption certificates, etc. We have benefited from their help in receiving greatly reduced audit assessments, receiving refunds of overpaid taxes, successfully launching Avalara, winning a hearing for abated interest, and resolving questions with vendors. We are now confident that we have a high degree of compliance with sales tax laws and have reduced our risk of exposure for sales taxes. Likewise, we are maximizing the benefit of applying the manufacturing exemption to all purchases to which it should apply. SALTA has been responsive, dependable, and an advocate for us.
Kalen Thompson, Accountant
Industrial Oils Unlimited, LLC
I have known Brent professionally for the past two years. Brent and his team were contracted by the business I represent to ensure timely and accurate sales tax reporting, payment and compliance. Brent’s extensive knowledge, experience, and sound administrative skills were the perfect match for the very complex multiple legal entity businesses where I am employed. Brent ensured our needs were swiftly and completely met. Most businesses overlook the very specific tax accounting knowledge required to ensure their tax risk in minimized or they cannot afford a full-time employee with these skills. I am confident Brent can address your needs in this very much needed area of accounting.
Brent was my supervisor for about 5 years while he was Manager of the State and Local Tax Department at Tyson Foods. His knowledge of multistate sales and use tax is unparalleled to anyone I’ve met or worked with since. He is a man of integrity and has consistently provided me with wise counsel in both professional and personal areas. Though his field is predominately tax related, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Brent for any accounting needs.
Brent was able to identify significant over-payments of Texas sales tax on drilling and workover procedures and managed the refund process from start to finish. He went the extra mile to obtain the refund for us. Fair, head down and hard working is how I would describe him. (Brent provided services to Donny at Greystone Petroleum)
100% Recommend SALTA
We have worked with Brent for a couple of years after our organization (founded in Canada) entered into the United States. Brent has provided customized advice for our business as it relates to Sales & Use Tax which in turn provides us with confidence and ensured compliance with state and local taxation authorities. Brent has proven to be very reliable and has taken the time to understand our business, presents information in line with our needs and undertakes follow up dialogue to ensure understanding. I 100% recommend SALTA to any new customer.
Tax and finance concierge par excellence!
When Galata/Artek established a footprint in Oklahoma, I had zero experience/knowledge of the state. I was lucky to have found his firm on the internet. Not only did Brent guide me through the maze of Sales Tax and MSEP; he was able to connect me with many professionals like attorneys, industrial revaluators, property tax consultants etc. This made the integration smoother than expected.
Brent and SALTA are our “go to” for any business issue in the state and he always assists or guides us to the correct sources- hence a business concierge!
Christa Muse, Mathews Management Co.
Brent helped us successfully navigate our first sales tax audit in over 10 years. While I have past experience in Arkansas sales tax audits, Brent was amazing support for some issues that I’d never dealt with. He was able to provide great recommendations regarding case law in order to determine what precedents had already been set in the state so we didn’t waste our time fighting unnecessary issues. He also gave me some great insight into areas of the audit to carefully examine in order to reduce our overall liability. Not only was Brent knowledgeable, but he was also very prompt on response time and easy to work with! Overall, I highly recommend his services.
A Valuable Part of Your Team
I have had the opportunity to work with Brent, Haven and the team at SALTA as they assisted our oil and gas E&P company with sales tax issues, They helped us recover a significant cash refund of overpaid sales taxes. They also advised and trained company personnel regarding taxability issues and resolved issues with vendors. They even assisted with other tax issues that arose including help with a fuel tax issue and the oil well 2.4% service tax. The savings from those services exceeded the overpaid taxes that were recovered. Brent, Haven and the team at SALTA are very knowledgeable, and have been extremely helpful. They are dependable, hardworking, and have a never quit attitude. I recommend SALTA to oil and gas operators as a valuable part of your team.
Brenda Bacon, Controller, Armor Energy, LLC
Tax Incentives for Startup
Brent and his team are extremely knowledgeable in tax related matters. I’ve worked with Brent for the past couple of years and his professionalism and guidance are exceptional. Brent was able to assist our new company with three programs offered by the State of Arkansas for tax incentives. He serves his clients well and I would highly recommend reaching out to him for his services. Jen Morio – Business Operations Manager, Namida Lab, Inc.
Brent is knowledgeable and effective in the practice area of state and local tax consulting. His years of experience serve his clients well. (Brent provided services to Matt at Wil-Tel Communications)
Simply Top Shelf
I have known and worked with Brent several years now. His work ethic is top notch. Additionally, his breadth of knowledge has been impressive. When you engage Brent on a project, he takes his work, his output and his service to you personally. He puts things into context and keeps you abreast of items that impact your business. If he finds something outside the scope of work, he will discuss it and the possible impacts to your business. Brent has been forthright and transparent in my dealings. His fees are more than fair and the value he brings is simply top shelf.
Trey Thee, MBA
Manager – Finance, District Analyst, Bluestone Natural Resources II
I would recommend Brent Watson as a reliable, principled professional with integrity and strong work ethic. Brent utilizes these attributes to provide the best client service result possible.
Brent and I worked together with several manufacturing firms on tax-related and state business incentives. Brent is very knowledgeable in tax-related matters and also on State Incentives such as the Oklahoma Quality Jobs program, Investment/New Jobs tax credits as well as sales tax issues and the manufacturing sales tax exemption. I am pleased to recommend Brent.
In this sales/use tax issue, Brent was thoroughly up to date on the laws and regs. He was able to guide us to the correct solution and even provide additional help on a nonrelated issue. Thanks.
Todd Harrell, CPA
Brent has vast knowledge in State and Local Tax rules. When I worked at Panther Energy, Brent routinely found errors in vendor invoicing on work performed in Texas and work performed by Texas vendors. He would also assist in collecting funds and always more than paid for his service fees. I would work with Brent again and would recommend him to anyone in my network.
Small Business Compliance
Brent is hands down one of the most vital relationships I have had the pleasure of cultivating for the compliance of our small business. When we met, my company was struggling to understand even the most basic nuances of the sales tax world (which subsequently has become even more complex). Brent took the time to understand the complexities of our business, simply laid out our options, and then walked us through the process of becoming compliant. I am happy to say that we are very confident in our understanding of sales tax and our compliance standing in the states where we do business. I recommend Brent every chance I get.