Biography

Star has been practicing public accounting since 2001 and provides research and development (R&D) tax services to middle-market companies. She has provided consulting in the areas of federal and state R&D tax credits, R&D expense deductions, and IRS and state exams of R&D tax credits. She has significant experience working with S corporations and partnerships claiming the credit and understands the unique opportunities and challenges facing these types of entities.

Star has performed studies in many different industries including manufacturing, aerospace, software development, electronic data storage, electronic services, systems integration, medical device technology, pharmaceutical, electronic device manufacturing, environmental monitoring, boat building, automated machinery, construction, professional services, and others. She frequently gives presentations and writes articles about R&D tax services and the tax-savings opportunities related to eligible expenditures.

Star is a member of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Board Council, which provides an organized public forum for IRS officials and representatives to discuss key tax administration issues.

Selected Publications

  • "Deeper in the Green: R&D Tax Credits for More Profitable Manufacturing" (Moss Adams Insight, July 2014)
  • "Geosyntec v. United States: New R&D Tax Credit Clarity for Contractors" (Moss Adams Insight, February 2014)
  • "R&D Tax Credit Studies: Three Things to Look For in a Provider" (Moss Adams Insight, November 2013)
  • "Contractors, You Too Can Get R&D Tax Credits" (Daily Journal of Commerce, June 2013)

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • R&D Tax Credits for More Profitable Manufacturing
    (Moss Adams webcast, August 2014)
  • Tax Incentives for the Aerospace Industry
    (Moss Adams webcast, September 2013)
  • Federal and State R&D Credit Updates
    (Tax Executives Institute, 2013)
  • Federal, State, Local Tax Incentives for the Food Industry
    (Provender Alliance, 2012)

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Member, Aerospace Futures Alliance
  • Board Member, Everett Community College Foundation
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, IRS Advisory Council
  • Member, Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants

Education

  • BS, accounting, Central Washington University