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Rafael Carsalade, CPA

Rafael Carsalade, CPA

Director, International Tax

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French, English | | 

  • What I Do For Clients
  • Experience
  • Associations
  • Thought Leadership

International corporate and partnership taxation, including in-bound and out-bound structures planning, reporting of foreign activities, investments, payroll compliance, and multi-national planning and coordination. Responsible for U.S. tax assistance to clients headquartered in several countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Mexico, U.K., Venezuela, etc…

Tax and business consultation for domestic medium to large, privately-owned and publicly-held companies including manufacturing and distribution, leasing, importing, construction, software development, and service businesses. Experiences in diverse areas including ASC 740 (FAS 109) deferred tax analysis, representation of clients in I.R.S. examinations, acquisitions and due diligence, and uniform capitalization matters.

International individual taxation, including US international estate and gift planning, taxation of foreign nationals and U.S. expatriates, and income tax planning for high-level foreign executives.

Industries Served:

  • Construction
  • International
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Energy & Oilfield Services
  • Technology
  • Professional Services

CPA, Certified Public Accountant

Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas P.C., Houston, TX, 2003 – Present
Director, 2012 - present
Senior Manager, 2008 – 2012

KeenerAllis & Company, Houston, TX 
Senior Associate, 2001 – 2003
Associate, 1998 - 2001
(merged with PKF Texas, 2003)

Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada
BA - Economics with Honors, 1998
Graduated in Dean’s Honor List – Top 3% of BA graduating class

Current Commitments:

  • Brazil-Texas Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors
  • Mayor’s International Trade and Development Council for North America – Member, Past Chair
  • International Tax Forum of Houston
  • Colombia Texas Chamber of Commerce
  • Houston Council on Foreign Relations
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants


  • “Selected Provisions of the Fifth Protocol to the U.S. – Canada Income Tax Treaty” – The Tax Adviser, November 2008
  • “Triple Taxation under Branch Profits Tax and FIRPTA: How Not to Invest in U.S. Real Property Using Foreign Corporations” – The Tax Adviser, November 2007

Speaking Engagements:

  • "State of Texas NAFTA Office” – Mexico Business Mission to Houston – presented in Spanish
  • PKF International Tax Conference, Toronto, Canada – Transfer Pricing Panel Moderator
  • PKF North America Fly-In, Minneapolis, USA –  “Fifth Protocol of the U.S.-Canada Income Tax Treaty – Major Changes”
  • U.S. and Canada Cross-Border Tax Breakfast, Vancouver, Canada –“Canadian Business Expansion into the US”
  • PKF International Tax Conference, Madrid, Spain – Chair, Transfer Pricing Session
  • PKF NA Manufacturing Niche Conference – International Tax Issues for Manufacturers

Video series PKF Texas – The Entrepreneur’s Playbook®:

  • Considerations for International Tax
  • Creating a Taxable Presence Internationally
  • The Impact of International Tax Treaties When Doing Business Overseas

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