Brent Watson, CPA
Brent has thirty-two years of practice in sales tax, property tax, and tax incentive programs. Brent has focused his services for clients in educating personnel, improving sales tax processes, and building rapport with taxing authorities to effectively resolve tax issues on behalf of clients in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. He is an Avalara sales tax software implementation partner.
Brent launched the non-income tax group at Tyson Foods in 1990, then led that group for ten years. He has fifteen years of experience as a consultant and has extensive experience in the manufacturing, oil and gas, construction, and multi-state retailing industries.
Brent frequently speaks before many organizations including the Oklahoma and Arkansas Societies of CPAs, COPAS, and Institute for Professionals in Taxation. Additionally, Brent has authored numerous articles for the OSCPA Focus and COPAS Accounts magazines.
Brent is a member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Tulsa Chapter of the Oklahoma Society.
OSCPA Golden Pen Writers Award – 2022
Mike Hayes, CMI
Mike brings more than 10 years of experience in sales and use and severance tax consulting, with a diverse background of audit defense, compliance, acquisitions, refund reviews, and tax planning.
Mike previously led a team as Director of Sales and Use Tax with Merit Advisors, LLC and has in depth experience in oil and gas, manufacturing, construction, e-commerce, and retailing industries. Mike has spoken before OSCPA, COPAS, and numerous in-house training seminars for clients.
Mike is a Certified Member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (CMI) and a member of the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma.
Haven Willis, CMI
Haven has thirty-five years of experience in sales and use tax matters, including thirty-one years with the Illinois Department of Revenue, auditing for sales tax and business income tax. She conducted over 500 complex audits of multi-national corporations and partnerships.
Haven’s skillful application of tax law, accounting, and audit methodology (including statistical sampling techniques), as well as her respectful treatment of auditors, enables her to provide great representation to clients who are under audit.
Since joining SALTA in 2018, Haven has served clients with tax recovery projects, audit coordination, compliance reviews, voluntary disclosures, state tax registrations, tax research, sales tax return preparation, due diligence and tax planning. Haven has recently earned the designation of CMI with the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, signifying her expertise in sales and use taxation.