Mark Dunning

Mark Dunning – Partner, TaxOps Minimization

Mark Dunning is the managing partner of TaxOps Minimization, where he leads an experienced team in implementing tax-saving projects. He has developed deep 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 EY. His work with small and mid-size companies has made him well-versed with the R&D issues they face. He also consults regularly with clients on income tax accounting issues regarding the research credit.

Mark is an accomplished negotiator with the Internal Revenue Service and state tax authorities, and has built a positive rapport with field agents across the country. He managed four of the 23 Pre-Filing Agreement 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 EY (formerly Ernst & Young) in tax compliance and provision preparation, before moving on to work exclusively with research credits and multi-disciplinary tax reduction projects, including uniform capitalization calculations and other federal and state credits. He left his position as an executive director at EY to lead TaxOps Minimization.

Mark is a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he received a Masters of Accountancy in Taxation and Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He frequently writes and speaks about far-ranging business tax topics involving tax credits, deductions and deferrals.

TaxOps Minimization at a Glance


  • 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, Masters of Accountancy in Taxation and B.S. Accounting


  • CPA (Colorado License #0016966)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

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