After several years of Ashland reaching out to this cosmetics company, their VP of Tax decided to put Ashland’s expertise to the test. They had been struggling with a Louisiana franchise tax issue for some time and had used the services of a Big Four firm to try and resolve the issues—without success. When approached by Ashland again, the VP of Tax agreed to a conference call with Kurt Van Brocklin, one of our experts, who was the former Director of Audit for the Louisiana Department of Revenue. After only two follow-up calls with Kurt, the Louisiana penalty issue was fully resolved and the cosmetics company was very pleased. Because of this, they were able to see that Ashland had a level of talent in the state tax area that even the Big Four did not possess.
They came in after the Big Four. We actually use PWC, KPMG and EY and we've also had other firms take a look at our filings. I was just surprised at the things that Ashland found.