TaxOps Minimization

Mark Dunning

Mark leads an experienced TaxOps Minimization team in implementing tax-saving projects. He has developed in-depth technical knowledge of the research credit across all industries, including automotive, engineering, medical, manufacturing and software. Mark has been responsible for the coordination, management and execution of some of the largest research credit studies performed by Ernst & Young. His work with small and mid-size companies has given him an understanding of the unique R&D issues they face as well. He consults regularly with clients on income tax accounting issues regarding the research credit.

Mark is an accomplished negotiator with the Internal Revenue Service and has built a positive rapport with field agents and tax authorities across the country. He managed four of the 23 Pre-Filing Agreement (PFA) projects granted and closed by the IRS in the research credit area. He has also consulted and closed on several IRS and state audit and appeals cases, including the successful completion of two IRS research credit record-keeping agreement projects.
Mark began his professional career with E&Y in tax compliance and provision preparation, before moving  on to exclusively work with research credits and multi-disciplinary tax reduction projects, including domestic production deductions (section 199), uniform capitalization calculations, cost segregation and other federal and state credits. He left E&Y as an executive director to join TaxOps Minimization in 2010.

Mark is a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy in Taxation. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a frequent CPE class facilitator on far-ranging business topics involving tax credits, deductions and deferrals.






  • Research and Development Studies
  • Net Operating Loss and Tax Credit Planning
  • IRS Controversy Assistance
  • Uniform Capitalization Studies
  • Cost Segregation
  • Tax Due Diligence


  • Brigham Young University, B.S. Master of Accountancy in Taxation and B.S., Accounting


  • CPA
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants


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