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Joseph M. Calianno


Washington, DC, USA


Tax Partner and International Technical Tax Practice Leader, National Tax Office


Joe is a tax partner in BDO’s Washington D.C. office. He practices in all areas of international taxation and helps assist the offices around the firm and the firm’s clients with complex international issues. He regularly advises on issues relating to cross-border restructuring and financing, subpart F, foreign tax credit planning, tax treaties, and global tax rate reduction.

Prior to joining BDO, Joe was a partner with Grant Thornton’s National Tax Office and previously worked as Special Counsel to the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (International) in the office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service. As Special Counsel, he served as a technical advisor and was involved in reviewing international tax regulations, revenue rulings, Notices, TAMs, PLRs, and providing technical advice to IRS field offices. He also spent several years in private practice advising clients in several areas of tax law, including international, corporate and partnership taxation.

Joe is also a guest lecturer at New York University Law School in the Graduate Tax Program (International Business Transactions class) and has been an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown Law School in the Graduate Tax Program.


Mr. Calianno is a frequent speaker on international and corporate tax issues. He has spoken at several national and regional tax conferences, including the ABA, AICPA, Atlas, BNA, DC Bar, Dallas Bar, Federal Bar, GW/IRS, Houston International Tax Forum, IFA, MACPA, NYU Advanced International Tax Institute, Practising Law Institute, TEI, St. Louis International Tax Group, USD School of Law/Procopio International Tax Institute, Wall Street and World Trade Council tax conferences.

He also has published numerous articles in national journals on international and corporate tax issues, including articles in RIA’s Business Entities, CCH’s Global Tax Briefing, CCH’s Journal of Passthrough Entities, CCH’s Journal of International Tax, International Tax Review, RIA’s Journal of International Taxation, RIA’s Journal of Corporate Taxation, RIA’s Journal of Taxation, Practising Law Institute, CCH’s Taxation of Global Transactions, Tax Notes, Tax Notes International, Tax Management International Journal, Tax Management Memorandum and The Tax Adviser. His articles have been cited in several major treatises and he frequently is quoted in the tax press on legislative and regulatory developments.


American Bar Association, Tax Section
Former Chair and Vice Chair, Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers (FAUST) Committee
Former Chair, International Aspects of Subchapter C Sub-Committee, FAUST
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member of AICPA’s Tax Executive Committee
Chair, AICPA Cross-Border M&A Task Force
Former Chair, AICPA International Tax Technical Resource Panel
Former Vice-Chairman, AICPA International Tax Technical Resource Panel
Board of Advisors, AICPA’s Tax Advisor
Atlas/BNA Bloomberg CITE, Board of Advisors
RIA’s Journal of International Taxation, Board of Advisors
RIA’s Journal of Corporate Tax, Board of Advisors


M.B.A., New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business

LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law

J.D., Villanova University School of Law, cum laude
Villanova Law Review, member

B.S., Accounting, University of Scranton

Joseph M. Calianno is associated with the following items:
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters Dipping Our Toes in Foreign Waters: Outbound International Partnership Issues (PowerPoint slides) - The Partnership Tax Practice Series: Planning for Domestic and Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances, Tuesday, August 01, 2017
IRS Takes Sound Approach to Applying CFC Look-Through Rule - The Corporate Tax Practice Series: Strategies for Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings, Thursday, February 15, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Cross-Border Partnership Planning and Developments - International Tax Issues 2018, Friday, February 09, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Cross-Border Partnership Planning and Developments - Cross-Border Partnership Planning and Developments, Friday, February 09, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Cross-Border Partnership Planning and Developments - Cross-Border Partnership Planning and Developments, Friday, February 09, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs International Tax Issues 2018, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, New York, NY

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