John Fitzgibbons, CPA

John Fitzgibbons - Former Texas Comptroller Tax Policy Expert, 8 Years

John Fitzgibbons – Former Texas Comptroller Tax Policy Expert, 8 Years

Former Texas Comptroller Tax Policy Expert: 1991-1998 (8 Years)


B.S. – Accounting, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
CPA Certification (02/01/1972)


  • Tax Policy
  • Administrative Hearings
  • Voluntary Disclosure Agreements
  • Refunds
  • Oil & Gas Industry
  • Franchise Tax
  • Sales and Use Tax


Small exploration and production company  (May 2010 – February 2016)

  • CFO
  • Responsible for all administration, accounting, Railroad Commission reporting, taxes.
  • Assisted with IRS audit.

Alamo Group, Inc.  (2006 – April 2010)

  • Tax Manager
  • Responsible for federal and state income tax, property tax, excise tax, deferred income taxes, and other taxes, permits and licenses.
  • Filing of approximately 40 state income and franchise tax returns.

Central Freight Lines, Inc. (2005-2006)

  • Tax Manager
  • Responsible for federal and state income tax, sales/use tax, motor carrier tax, highway use tax, property tax and other taxes, permits and licenses.
  • Prepared FAS 109- deferred income tax provision and provided tax information for SEC reporting.
    Prepared consolidated federal income tax return and 20 state and local returns.

Self Employed (2003-2004)

  • Assisted local CPA in the preparation of individual, corporate, and partnership tax returns.
    Federal and state tax projects for an international corporation.

Valero Energy Corporation (1998-2002)

  • Sales Tax Manager/Sales Tax Specialist/Excise Tax Manager.
  • Managed tax compliance with 5 employees responsible for filing state and local sale/use tax returns in 13 states with annual payments of $150 million.
  • Administered sales/use tax audits, tax exemptions, licenses/permits, etc. Researched tax assessments and taxability issues. Supervised 9 tax specialists.
  • Valero purchased Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corp. on December 31, 2001.

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (1991-1998)

  • Tax Policy Specialist.
  • Assisted in developing franchise tax and sales tax policy.
  • Drafted administrative rules for legislative, hearing and other changes.
  • Responded to taxpayer, legislative and management taxability inquiries.

Hornbaker Fitzgibbons, CPA (1989-1990)

  • Partner
  • Administrative partner, managed audits, SEC reporting, state and federal taxes, consolidated financial statements, management reports, etc.

Saudi Arabian American Oil Company [ARAMCO] (1978-1988)

  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Additional assignments included internal audit, plant controller, and tax.
  • Assisted in development in expatriate tax policy due to changes in US tax law.
  • Determined that construction project underestimated cost by $25 million.
  • Responded to Controller request for information on special projects – management reporting, GAAP, internal control, company policy, management reporting, etc.

Tax Practice [Part Time in Saudi Arabia] (1978-1988)

  • Prepared 75 individual expatriate tax returns annually.
  • Provided tax and investment consulting.

Grant Thornton, CPAs  (1972-1977)

  • Senior Auditor
  • Planned/supervised audit engagements. Prepared financial statements and tax returns.
  • Evaluated accounting systems: suggested improvements to reporting requirements and internal control.