Joe is a tax partner and serves as the firm’s International Technical Tax Practice Leader 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 tax issues. He regularly advises on issues relating to cross-border restructuring and financing, subpart F and foreign tax credit planning, inbound planning including tax treaties, and global tax rate reduction.

Prior to joining BDO, Joe was a partner with Grant Thornton’s National Tax Office and served as the firm’s International Technical Tax Practice Leader.  He 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 to the Associate and Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (International) 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 at a large law firm and a Big 4 global accounting firm advising clients in several areas of tax law, including international, corporate and partnership taxation.


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


American Bar Association, Tax Section    

            Past Chair, Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers (FAUST) Committee

   Past Vice Chair, FAUST Committee

            Past Chair, International Aspects of Subchapter C Sub-Committee, FAUST

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

     Member of AICPA’s Tax Executive Committee  

            Past Chair, AICPA’s International Tax Technical Resource Panel

            Past Vice-Chair, AICPA’s International Tax Technical Resource Panel


Mr. Calianno is a frequent speaker on international and corporate tax issues, including a regular speaker on Tax Reform. He has published numerous articles on international tax issues in several national journals and has been cited in several major treatises.  He is frequently quoted in the tax press (e.g., Bloomberg’s Daily Tax Report, Tax Notes, and Tax Notes International) on legislative and regulatory developments, including developments relating to the TCJA.

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