Craig A. Griffith
(304) 353-8190
Office: Charleston
J.D. West Virginia University
B.S. West Virginia University
Licensure: WV
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Craig Griffith focuses his practice in the areas of taxation, corporate and transactional law and government relations.  Mr. Griffith's experience includes involvement in federal, state, and local tax planning and controversy with a concentration on state and local tax issues, and economic development projects.

Work Experience

2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2010-2013 WV State Tax Commissioner
2007-2010 Deputy WV Tax Commissioner
2002-2007 Spilman Thomas & Battle
2000-2002 Ernst & Young

Speaking Engagements

Editor and chapter author of the “2018 Guidebook to West Virginia Taxes,” a publication of the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants

State Tax Notes columnist of “Wild, Wonderful Taxes,” a quarterly column discussing West Virginia Tax Issues

West Virginia Society of CPAs Annual meeting, 2013, 2016

State Tax Department Legislative Agenda and Budget Discussion, WV Society of CPAs, 2012

Commissioner's Roundtable, Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators, 2012

Recent Accomplishments of the Tax Department, WV Tax Institute, 2007, 2009-2012

Current Developments in WV State Tax, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce 73rd Annual Meeting, 2010

Combined Reporting in WV, Multistate Tax Commission 41st Annual Conference, 2008

Key Experience

Represented taxpayers in federal and state tax controversies, including before the West Virginia Office of Tax Appeals and the Internal Revenue Service, and in complex appeals of property tax valuations
Advised clients on various state and local taxes, including sales and use tax, income tax, and property tax, and incentives, exemptions and credits, including tax increment financing projects to fund public infrastructure improvements for commercial development
Represented county commission in negotiation of payment in lieu of taxes agreement and lease for county-owned power plant

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®
Distinguished West Virginian 2013
West Virginia State Bar
Former Chair, WV Tax Modernization Workgroup
Former Secretary & Board Member, WV Economic Development Authority