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Ashley Thompson
Managing Director, BKD
Ashley is BKD’s firm-wide leader of the nationally recognized Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credit Services team. He has 17 years of experience helping clients claim federal and state R&D tax credits. He oversees R&D tax credit studies for clients in the manufacturing, software development, technology, food processing and tool and die industries.
He helps clients who do not claim credits identify, document and calculate available credits and implement strategies to efficiently capture qualified research expenses on a go-forward basis. He also helps clients who do claim credits improve processes to better substantiate expenses and maintain documentation consistent with IRS expectations.
Ashley has significant experience defending R&D tax credit claims for both public and private companies before the IRS, including representation at the appellate level. He has worked with companies ranging in size from small closely-held businesses to large multinational conglomerates.
He is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences, including presentations for other CPA and law firms. He has authored articles for BKD’s e-newsletters and the National Association of Manufacturers.
Ashley is a graduate of Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, with a B.A. degree in economics.