Phil Baptiste

Phil Baptiste, CPA, MT Partner, Tax

One of Phil’s unique talents is how he handles the complex mix of tax and financial planning for high-net-worth individuals and their businesses. He uses a straightforward approach to analyze the interplay between family and business issues and then provides concrete, practical solutions that make sense for everyone involved.

Location: Cleveland Email: Phone: 216.774.1169

Credentials & Education

  • Certified Public Accountant (Ohio)
  • Master of Taxation, The University of Akron
  • B.A., The University of Akron

Phil’s special interests include estate, gift and generation-skipping tax and maximizing the benefit of qualified retirement plans. He also deals with complex business structures and entities, while always keeping an eye on overlapping tax regimes to minimize total taxes paid. Phil has advised on family transfers of businesses that have saved his clients millions in estate taxes. He is also particularly knowledgeable in helping clients take advantage of research and development (R&D) and other tax credits. He frequently works with clients in the healthcare, services, manufacturing, and wholesale and distribution industries.

  • Leads the firm’s Retirement Plan Tax Group
  • Former Partner-in-Charge of the Tax Department, COO of Cohen & Company and Cohen & Company Board Member
  • Lorain Community College Foundation Board (Chairman)
  • Ohio Society of CPA
  • American Institute of CPAs
Phil and his wife reside in Elyria, Ohio. Phil enjoys golfing and following the local sports teams.