Chris Grasher

Tax Partner

Chris Grasher
Fort Worth
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B.B.A. in Accounting, Texas Christian University

Chris Grasher joined Whitley Penn in 2014 after a 38 year career with Ernst & Young LLP. He brings extensive knowledge in the areas of fixed asset capitalization practices, tax technology tools, state, local and international tax planning, and assisting high net worth individuals with estate and life insurance planning. Throughout his career, Chris has gained Global experience in Western and Central Europe, the Americas and Pacific Rim including China.

At Ernst & Young he served as Coordinating Partner and Tax Account Leader of Multinational Accounts where he was responsible for managing a client base of Fortune 1000 companies and tax provision work papers of audit clients for Fortune 500 SEC registrants. Grasher also served Ernst & Young LLP as Managing Partner of the Charlotte office and Director of Tax for the Carolinas area, where he managed 150 tax professionals in four geographical locations.


Whitley Penn, Fort Worth Office, (2014-Present)

  • Tax Partner

Areas of practice include:

  • 38 years of experience with state, local and international tax planning
  • Tax account leader to clients ranging from global 50 to entrepreneurs in energy, manufacturing and service business with responsibility for all aspects of tax service delivery
  • Project related to assessment of tax technology tools and processes to optimize calculations needed to support tax provision process
  • Fixed asset capitalization practices including expensing of repairs and maintenance versus capitalization
  • Qualification of research related to costs to expense versus capitalize under IRS code section 174
  • Accounting method optimization for inventory and expense accruals
  • State and local tax planning related to nexus and apportionment
  • International tax planning to apportion expenses and costs for tax benefit in most favorable jurisdiction
  • Research and planning for optimal entity structure for tax efficiency during operations and optimal exit strategy
Professional Certifications
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Professional Organizations
  • Dallas United Way – Financial Committee
  • Dallas National Golf Club – Financial Committee
  • Charlotte City Club – President (2006)
  • United Family Services – President of Board (2002-2003)


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