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Stacy L. Gilbert is an audit and tax partner with over 30 years of expertise providing tax, accounting, business, and forensic valuation services. She has a strong focus in the restaurant and hospitality industries, serving as a co-leader of the firm’s Restaurant and Hospitality Practice and specializing in business consulting services.

Experience

Stacy has specialized knowledge in numerous industries, advising clients in businesses such as restaurant and hospitality, franchising, retail, technology, and foods manufacturing and distribution, as well as women entrepreneurs and business leaders. She consults on a variety of tax matters including tax compliance and tax planning, income, payroll and sales tax, and foreign reporting, and provides business advisory services with respect to structuring, internal control, and profitability enhancement. She also has experience with mergers and acquisitions, providing necessary knowledge and advice to start-up companies.

Stacy has a deep expertise in representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and various state taxing authorities. She specializes in helping clients navigate through complex financial challenges to minimize penalties and create a favorable outcome.

Stacy is one of the founding members of the firm's Women's Initiatives Committee and the first woman to be voted to the firm's Executive Committee. She is recognized in Total Food Service Magazine as a "2019 Top Women in Metro New York Foodservice and Hospitality" the recipient of the 2018 NJBIZ "Best 50 Women in Business" award, and the 2016 NJSCPA "Women of Note" award. She is also in the Board of Directors for the Newark Regional Business Partnership (NRBP), and a member of the Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ), a not-for-profit organization for the advancement of women.

Education & Licenses
Education

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Herbert H. Lehman College

Licenses

Certified Public Accountant in the States of New York and New Jersey

Honors & Awards
Presentations & Publications

She is a published author and contributes to a variety of mainstream media and restaurant and hospitality publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Crain’s New York, NJBIZ, FSR magazine, Restaurant Resource Management and Restaurant Hospitality. She has been invited to speak at functions presented by the New York City Hospitality Alliance, and has also been engaged to lecture on small and entrepreneurial business fundamentals, effective small business auditing, depreciation, and the review of financial statements and tax returns, among other topics, at various industry forums.

Affiliations

Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Member, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA)

Member, New Jersey Society of Public Accountants (NJSCPA)

Member, American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFEI)

Board of Directors, Newark Regional Business Partnership (NRBP)

Member, Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ)

Member, Citrin Cooperman Executive Committee 

Member, Citrin Cooperman Women's Initiatives (WI) Committee

Community Involvement

Throughout her career and personal life, Stacy has participated in some form of community outreach, using her personal time, professional knowledge, and leadership abilities to support local, regional, and global community programs, and provide outreach to individuals who can benefit from advocacy.

Outside The Office

Stacy spends a significant amount of her time with her extended family.