Lauren is National Leader of Sales & Use Tax at Cherry Bekaert. She oversees the entire Sales & Use Tax team. She has more than 25 years of experience working with companies to manage their sales and use tax processes. Lauren specializes in helping manufacturers navigate the complicated world of state sales and use tax laws and regulations. She is skilled at finding, analyzing and correcting a manufacturer's overpaid sales or use taxes. She has trained thousands of employees to understand and manage sales and use tax procedures. Prior to joining Cherry Bekaert, Lauren was owner and president of Windward Tax. Lauren is a certified member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (CMI). She regularly speaks at sales tax seminars and manufacturing conferences, and she has published sales tax articles in national publications including INC. magazine.
As a Senior Manager in Cherry Bekaert’s State & Local Tax Practice, Melissa specializes in assisting clients in securing refunds, maximizing savings, and improving processes related to Sales & Use Tax.
Melissa is based in the Firm’s Alpharetta office and focuses on a variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, and retail. She has expertise in assisting clients with Sales & Use Tax planning and compliance through reverse audits, audit defense, nexus studies, letter ruling requests, tax research, taxability matrices, technical memorandums, and compliance.
Taylor serves as a sales tax manager for Cherry Bekaert. She has more than 10 years of experience working on sales and use tax issues. She is an expert at analyzing sales and use tax law to efficiently manage sales and use tax overpayment reviews. She also focuses on exemption certificate management, audit defense, nexus reviews, drafting letter rulings, development of tax matrices, performing tax due diligence, negotiating voluntary disclosure agreements and reviewing sales and use tax processes. Taylor is a certified member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (CMI).
As the lead on our Amazon FBA and eCommerce team, Tiffany works directly with clients to make sure state sales tax registrations for Amazon FBA sellers are completed in a timely and efficient manner. Tiffany assists these eCommerce clients through the entire registration process and she provides consultations to help guide clients with understanding their sales tax obligations.
Arlene is the Strategic Solutions Manager for Specialty Tax at Cherry Bekaert. She works primarily with manufacturers to provide the best sales & use tax services that save tax dollars and reduce tax exposure. Once a manufacturer becomes a client of Cherry Bekaert, Arlene works closely with the sales & use tax team to ensure the needs of the client are addressed and goals are met. Arlene has more than 20 years of experience building relationships with company leaders from a variety of industries.
Julie is a member of the Sales Tax Compliance Team, helping clients comply with state and local sales tax laws. Julie also is responsible for managing all the paperwork filed on behalf of our clients. She works as a liaison between the vendors, the Department of Revenue, our sales & use tax consultants, and our clients. Having Julie dedicated to the continuous effort of refund collection ensures that our clients obtain their refunds in a timely manner and are kept informed all along the way.
Trish is the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Sales & Use Tax team at Cherry Bekaert. She is responsible for all administrative aspects of the team and she manages the daily operations of the Cherry Bekaert Alpharetta, GA office.