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University of St. Andrews, MA (Hons)

University of Oxford, M.Sc.

Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

As a member of the State and Local Tax (SALT) Practice, Joseph (Joe) works with clients to navigate New York State’s vast system of tax laws. His primary focus is on New York State and New York City taxes, but he also counsels clients on multistate SALT matters, including sales tax and various business taxes.

Joe works to simplify the ins-and-outs of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for his clients. During his tenure, he has worked extensively with Department of Taxation personnel, which has given him insight into what auditors look for, allowing him to craft nuanced strategies focused on efficiently resolving each client’s audit.

Joe understands that the best way to win a residency audit is to plan ahead. He counsels clients moving out of New York State through the entire audit process from start to finish – including helping to develop a legally-grounded strategy for a move that aims to help clients strengthen their change of domicile position and decrease their audit risk. Joe also assists clients looking to move out of California. When a client is met with an audit notice, Joe focuses on not only easing that burden for his client, but also quickly and proficiently working through the process in order to obtain an economical outcome.

When working with clients to help resolve tax disputes, Joe crafts unique and individualized approaches for each scenario. He understands that not all clients are the same and develops distinctive solutions for each case.

In addition to his work with clients, Joe also is the host of the first ever Hodgson Russ LLP podcast, “State Tax Talks with Joe Tantillo.” As the host, Joe works to un-complicate some of New York State’s most complicated tax laws and requirements for listeners, bringing in SALT experts to provide additional commentary on current issues faced by taxpayers around the United States.

Joe is a regular contributor to the Noonan’s Notes tax blog, and has published several articles on various topics in the world of SALT. Joe also enjoys public speaking on tax topics, and has presented on SALT issues both in person and in Webinars.

Joe is licensed to practice in New York State, California, and Washington, D.C.


  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Award - Tax (2023)
  • Former Associate Notes Editor, Syracuse Law Review
  • Order of Barristers
  • Order of Scribes
  • Order of the Coif
  • Lee S. Michaels L’67 Advocate of the Year, Syracuse University College of Law (2020)
  • Richard Risman Appellate Advocacy Award, Syracuse University College of Law (2021)


Blog Posts

State Tax Talks Podcast

Presentations & Events

Professional Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association
  • California Lawyers Association

Community & Pro Bono

  • Board Member, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center