Mission

To deliver sustainable tax savings and process improvements to our clients using our significant international tax expertise in conjunction with the most advanced, versatile, and powerful global tax software tool in the industry.

Leadership Team


Mark Gasbarra

Mark Gasbarra

National Managing Director

With over 30 years of industry experience, Mark has helped many of the country’s most successful enterprises implement all aspects of international taxation. A hallmark of Mark’s career has been leveraging technology to improve tax department performance. Prior to founding Forte International Tax, Mark held leadership positions at PwC, Ernst & Young, and CliftonLarsonAllen. Mark leads the firm on its mission of achieving global tax minimization through process efficiency.


Lester Fuwa

Lester Fuwa

Managing Director

Lester has over 30 years of public accounting and industry experience in automating international tax planning, compliance, and audit processes. Lester led the development of international tax software and quantitative modeling at PwC from 1985 to 1994 and at Ernst & Young from 1996 to 2009. On the corporate side, he managed tax automation and process improvements internally at GE. He currently leads the VantagePoint software development team and also assists clients in analyzing the tax impact of acquisitions, dispositions, and restructuring.

 

FIRM

Forte International Tax, LLC is an international tax services firm focused on global tax analysis and reporting. The firm leverages its international tax expertise through its proprietary software platform, VantagePoint™, to deliver significant tax savings and process improvements. Clients range from Fortune 100 to closely-held companies and their advisors. Founded in 2004, the firm is headquartered in Evanston, IL and has been ranked in Inc. Magazine’s “500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.”

SOFTWARE

Utilized internally and licensed by multinational enterprises and global tax advisory firms, VantagePoint is unique in its ability to support sophisticated international tax planning and compliance reporting through a single integrated database. Developed by nationally recognized tax leaders, VantagePoint is aligned with the three major tax processes: Planning, Optimization and Compliance.

PEOPLE

Forte’s multi-disciplined international and technology professionals have been developing international tax software for over 30 years, including at the Big 4 accounting firms. The team was instrumental in helping many of the country’s largest and most sophisticated multinational corporations through the Tax Reform Act of 1986 with the International Tax Management system (“ITMS”). ITMS was ultimately acquired by Thomson Reuters, becoming the forerunner of OneSource International. The team migrated to Ernst and Young in the mid-90’s and was responsible for developing FSC/ETI software and leading that firm’s global tax analysis group (“GTAG”).

HISTORY

Forte was launched in response to the American Jobs Creation Act in 2004 focusing on the first Section 965 Repatriation Holiday, ETI Transition, and DPAD. Forte began developing VantagePoint in 2008 as a fully integrated global tax platform to meet the anticipated needs of international tax reform.