Jack Harper is Vice President, Corporate Tax at Discover Financial Services (Discover Card) in Riverwoods, Illinois. He heads the Company’s Tax Department. He is formerly a Senior Director with Walmart Stores Inc., where he was responsible for Tax Planning for the Company’s U.S. Operations and for the Company’s Global Tax Controversy function aimed at mitigating world-wide tax audit risks and exposures. He was previously Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo/Wachovia Corporation where he managed the federal and state income tax examinations and administrative tax appeals for Wachovia Bank, NA. He began his career in Raleigh, North Carolina with the accounting firm that is now Ernst and Young, advising federal tax clients in the insurance and financial services industries. He performed his public service work at the North Carolina Department of Revenue as Assistant Secretary for Tax Administration and Director of the Corporate, Excise and Insurance Tax Division. There, he was the Chief Administrative Tax Policy Official for the State of North Carolina. Through those capacities, he served on several committees of the Multi-State Tax Commission including its Executive Committee. Upon returning to public accounting from the Department of Revenue, he led PriceWaterhouseCoopers’s North and South Carolina state tax controversy practice.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina; Masters of Science in Taxation from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado; and Juris Doctorate, with honors, from the School of Law at North Carolina Central University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Licensed Attorney. He is a past Chairman of the Tax Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He currently serves on the Advisory Boards of New York University’s State and Local Tax Institute and Vanderbilt University’s Hartman State and Local Tax Forum. He was named to North Carolina’s 2008 Legal Elite, one of North Carolina’s best lawyers as identified by fellow attorneys in the State. He annually speaks at numerous state tax seminars and conferences throughout the county, and has presented papers on various tax topics.