About Us

DSTax is a consulting firm that specializes in sales and use taxes. Founded in 2011, the group is led by principals Scott Billadeau and Chris Pounds. Their combined experience spans multiple industries and Fortune 50 corporations.

Additional team members bring valuable skills to DSTax clients. With past history working in a managerial capacity in sales and use tax divisions of major corporations.

The scope of the firm is limited to issues surrounding sales and use tax to enable Billadeau, Pounds and their team of experts to focus exclusively on the unique needs surrounding the transaction tax system. With experience ranging from transaction tax system vendors to customization and implementation connectors they have the expertise to help your company navigate complex tax situations.

The goal of DSTax is to create a personalized experience that helps clients develop a clear picture of how an efficient tax system contributes to long-term business success.

Scott Billadeau

A Principal since 2011, Scott brings valuable experience to the team. In his prior work as the Midwest Regional Sales and Use Tax Leader for a national accounting firm he gained valuable real-world experience that he now brings to DSTax clients. His current focus is on tax solutions project management for Fortune 500 companies.

Sales and Use Tax Automation Experience

Scott has extensive knowledge implementing sales and use tax automation solutions like Vertex and Sabrix (Thomson Reuters OneSource) for many ERP and legacy accounts payable systems.

His wide array of technical expertise includes proficiency in:

  • Analyzing systems design, overseeing development of new instances, and testing finished products. Monitoring systems to ensure appropriate source feeds and data elements are functioning properly and providing the most accurate taxability decisions.
  • Conducting training and change management communications and authoring steady-state support procedures for efficient and effective post-implementation processes.
  • Pioneering a comprehensive approach to research and maintenance of existing systems inclusive of ongoing changes in tax rules while maintaining efficiency expectations and accuracy of taxability decisions.

Sales and Use Tax Controversy and Consulting Experience

With over a decade of experience guiding clients through the complicated process of tax controversy and changing laws, Scott excels in leadership for his clients in the following areas:

  • Coordinating refund analyses, resulting in material tax savings.
  • Managing state Managed Compliance Agreement engagements and audit mitigation.
  • Assisting companies in tax restructuring strategies.
  • Negotiating voluntary disclosure agreements for client who were previously noncompliant.
  • Preparing tax decision matrices to assist clients in making proper taxability determinations for sales and purchases.

Representative Clients

Daimler, Chrysler, United Technologies Corporation, Ameriprise, Molex, Inc., Nestle, USAPNC, Archer Daniels Midland, Co., ARRIS, Inc., InfoPrint/IBM

Education

Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Butler University
Indianapolis, IN

Professional Affiliations

IPT – Institute for Professionals in Taxation

Chris Pounds

Chris’ primary role at DSTax is focusing on tax solutions project management for Fortune 500 clients.

Sales and Use Tax Automation Experience

As the head of the automation team, Chris bring his expertise in the following to each of our clients:

  • Working hand-in-hand with clients operational and finance teams to gain in-depth understanding of the unique needs of each client.
  • Creating functional designs that service existing needs of clients and explore opportunities for enhanced efficiency.
  • Enhancing functional design by working directly with client personnel to ensure that every instance performs to the highest standards of accountability.

Sales and Use Tax Controversy and Consulting Experience

Working for over ten years in the grind of the complicated sales and tax use system, Chris has built expertise facilitating the following solutions:

  • Coordinating refund analyses, resulting in material tax savings.
  • Assisting clients with representation and defense during audits by multiple jurisdictions.
  • Negotiating voluntary disclosure agreements to satisfactorily resolve compliance discrepancies.
  • Completing detailed tax decision matrices to assist clients with complicated taxability decisions for sales and purchases.

Sales and Use Tax Compliance Experience

With extensive experience detailing sales and use tax returns in all US taxing jurisdictions in a wide range of industries, Chris’s experience on the front lines of tax compliance gives him an empathy appreciated by DSTax clients.

Representative Clients

United Technologies, ARRIS, Inc. Ameriprise, Archer Daniels Midland Co, CarMax, PNC, World’s Finest Chocolate, LG USA, Molex, Zenith Electronics, Chrysler

Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
University of Illinois
Champaign, IL

Professional Affiliations

IPT – Institute for Professionals in Taxation