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Deidra Wilson Hubenak, JD, CPA, PFS, CGMA

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Education
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1998
  • University of Oxford
  • B.A., Duke University, 1988
Bar Admission
  • Texas
Court Admission
  • United States Tax Court

Board Certified - Tax Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Deidra Wilson Hubenak is a licensed attorney and a Certified Public Accountant with more than 20 years of experience providing multinational corporations, closely held businesses and individuals with tax planning. Half of that experience was obtained while working in the international tax section of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and the federal tax section of Ernst & Young, LLP.

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Representative Experience

International Tax Planning

  • International Reorganizations To Optimize Tax Structure
  • Foreign Investment In Real Property Tax Act (FIRTA) Analysis And Planning
  • International Tax Treaties
  • CFC And Subpart F Planning And Analysis
  • Interest Allocation
  • Captive Insurance Companies
  • Offshore Trust Planning
  • Asset Protection
  • Quasi-Reorganizations
  • IC/DISC Formation And Structuring
  • Exit Strategy Planning
  • Transfer Pricing

Domestic Tax & Corporate Issues

  • Federal, State, Income And Employment Tax Planning For Businesses And Their Owners
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Key Employee Retention Planning And Executive Compensation Structuring – Stock Options, Phantom Stock, Golden Parachutes, Golden Handcuffs, SERPs, Stock Appreciation Rights, And Other Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Planning.
  • Correcting Employee Benefit Plans Under The Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (“EPCRS”) and the Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program (“VFC”)
  • Buy-Sell Agreements

Tax Controversy

  • Internal Revenue Service Audits
  • Domestic And International Tax Issues Including Transfer Pricing Audits
  • Defending Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor Audits of Employee Benefit Plans
  • Resolution Of Employment Tax Issues
  • Texas Sales Tax Audits
  • Texas Franchise Tax Audits

Professional Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

Professional Licenses and Certifications:

  • Attorney - State Bar of Texas
  • Certified Public Accountant - Texas
  • Personal Financial Specialist - American Institute of CPAs
  • Certified Global Management Accountant, American Institute of CPAs

Professional Associations:

  • State Bar of Texas
    • Tax Section (2010 - Present)
    • International Tax Committee (2010 - Present)
      • Chairman (2012-2013)
      • Vice Chairman (2011 - 2012)
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Taxation Section (2011 - 2012)
  • American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)
    • International Tax Resource Panel (2011 - 2013)
      • Foreign Bank and Financial Account Reporting (FBAR) and Foreign Asset Disclosures Task Force (includes reporting under the Bank Secrecy Act as well as IRC § 6038D)
      • Withholding Task Force (§§ 1441, 1442, 1461, and 1471-1474, including the various FATCA provisions relating to withholding
      • Inbound Issues Task Force ( includes §§ 864, sourcing issues related to inbound transactions, 871-877, 881-897, 911, 1445, 1446 and 1461)
      • Tax Treaties Task Force (includes issues related to income tax treaties, including § 894 and OECD issues)
    • AICPA Penalties Reform Task Force – International Tax Representative
    • Tax Section (2010 - Present)
  • Texas Society of CPAs
    • Board of Directors - Houston Representative (2012 - Present)
    • Federal Tax Policy Committee (2013 - Present)
    • Relations with the IRS Committee (2011 - Present)
    • Membership Committee (2012 - Present)
  • Houston CPA Society
    • Board of Directors (2013 - 2014)
    • Strategic Planning Committee (2012 - Present)
    • Membership Committee (2012 - Present)
      • Chairman (2012 - 2013)
    • Energy Committee (2010-2012)
  • International Tax Forum of Houston Inc (2010 - Present)
    • Program Director (2013-2015)
  • American Bar Association (2011 - Present)
    • Tax Section (2011 - Present)

Community Involvement, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Duke University Alumni Association, Houston Chapter (2010-2011)
  • The Hockaday School Alumni Association, Board of Directors (2010 - 2011)
  • Houston Urban Debate League, Advisory Council (2010-2011)
  • World Affairs Council of Houston (2010-2011)