Kerry Defler, CPA


With over 19 years of experience, Kerry is the lead tax partner in the Manufacturing & Distribution group of Aprio. He creates value for the corporations, partnerships and individuals he serves by understanding clients’ business operations and devising strategies to achieve long-term success. This includes not only saving tax dollars, but also helping clients through an exit or business transition. He has consulted on a significant number of M&A transactions during his career and represents clients that are both family-owned and private equity-backed.

In addition to extensive tax compliance and planning experience, Kerry has substantial experience in the areas of multi-state taxation and advising both in-bound and out-bound international companies. This includes consulting on nexus issues, sales and use tax matters, and property taxes. Kerry works closely with Aprio’s sophisticated international group to take advantage of IC-DISC export benefits and address complex transfer pricing matters for his international clients.

Kerry ensures Aprio clients pay the least amount of tax possible by taking advantage of all credits and incentives that are available. This includes research and development credits as well as credits for creating jobs, investing in equipment, importing/exporting goods and retraining employees in technological advances.

Kerry’s manufacturing & distribution clients include those producing automobile parts, chemicals, food, lighting, plastics and textiles, just to name a few. He also works with metal fabricators and a variety of service companies supporting the industry. Kerry has a Six Sigma Green Belt, and his experience includes advising on complex tax issues including the domestic production activities deduction, IRC Section 263A, and LIFO.

In addition, Kerry represents a variety of technology and software companies. His experience includes revenue recognition for tax purposes and advising on equity incentives such as stock grants, options and restricted stock.

Kerry received his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky, and his Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University. His professional and civic involvement includes:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants