John Gupta

Principal/State and Local Tax Practice Leader

John Gupta

Trusted personal collaboration between tax advisor and client is required to navigate the complex world of state and local taxation. To serve your client with excellence, knowledge is valuable but it is even more important that you care and are invested in their success.


John has over 25 years of experience working in state and local taxation matters. He specializes in tax policy, planning, controversy and compliance across all areas of state and local taxation including income/franchise/gross receipts taxes, sales/use taxes, credits and incentives. He is a sought-after thought leader and speaker related to state and local taxes.

When you work with John, you can expect him to take the time to understand your business and leverage his many years of experience in state and local tax to find solutions and value in your state tax function. Clients will benefit from John's extensive experience working with state tax authorities and his deep understanding of state tax policy, systems and procedures.

When not serving clients, John can be found spending time with his children and supporting their passions in competitive dance, basketball and hockey. Occasionally, John might be found on the golf course, on the river fly-fishing or enduring the pain of supporting his Cleveland sports teams.



  • Ohio State Bar Association


  • Juris Doctorate - University of Akron, OH
  • Master of Taxation - University of Akron, OH
  • Bachelor of Science, Accountancy & Finance - Miami University, Oxford, OH


Client Work

  • Served with Big Four state and local tax practice for 24 years, most recently serving as Denver SALT practice leader.
  • Broad industry experience working with Fortune 500 companies in telecommunications, technology, media and entertainment, healthcare, consumer products, manufacturing, energy, financial services and real estate.
  • Managed hundreds of state tax cases with state tax authorities across the U.S. and worked with state officials on tax policy matters, legislative and regulatory drafting and development, alternative apportionment settlements and negotiated incentives.
  • Developed and managed state tax efficient restructuring initiatives resulting in significant state income and sales/use tax savings for clients.
  • Frequent lecturer and publisher on state and local tax matters.


Community Involvement

  • John is an active leader in the mentorship movement in the Denver community. Over the past 10 years, he developed and led a mentoring program with the objective of helping underprivileged high school students gain access to a four-year college, and ultimately graduate. The program has proven success in the development of sustained, lifelong mentorship relationships between tax professionals and students.