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Karen A. Lake, CPA

Karen Lake advises corporate clients on state and local taxes, with an emphasis on income/franchise and sales/use taxes for multi-state entities. Responsible for leading the Firm’s state and local tax consulting services, she conducts reviews and structural planning related to acquisitions, dispositions, audit defense, tax compliance, and the application of technology for state and local tax purposes Ms. Lake’s prior professional experience enables her to bring a 360 degree perspective to companies’ state tax planning. With experience as a senior advisor in Big 4 public accounting firm, a member of corporate tax department, and finally as a state auditor, she understands the full range of tax issues most businesses face, and is able to bring practical, real-world solutions to complex business environments. With more than 19 years of state and local tax experience, Ms. Lake has advised companies in a variety of industries. A Certified Public Accountant, and Certified in Florida Sales and Use Tax, Ms. Lake Chairs the Institute for Professionals in Taxation's Chapter in South Florida and FICPA CPA in Industry Conference Committee. Ms. Lake is on FICPA State Tax Conference Committee and has been deemed to State Tax Recourse by FICPA. As State Tax Resource she reviews and approves presentations on multistate issues for FICPA conferences. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) and is on FICPA / Florida Bar State Tax Conference committee. Ms. Lake holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.