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Lazio signs on with tax services firm

Former Rep. Rick Lazio has landed a job with a tax services company that helps businesses secure tax incentives for research and development, hiring and other activities.

Lazio, a Republican from Brightwaters, will serve as director of  alliantgroup. In 2010, he ran successfully for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, losing the primary to Buffalo developer Carl Paladino who then was defeated by Democrat Andrew M. Cuomo.

 After leaving Congress, Lazio worked as a managing director and executive vice president at the JPMorganChase bank.

 Alliantgroup, based in Texas, said Lazio would work from its Manhattan office.

 “Having someone with Rick’s background and passion for bringing back a strong economy will go a long way in helping us reach even more businesses . . . that can benefit from claiming valuable tax credits,” said alliant founder and chief executive Dhaval Jadav.

 Lazio said of his new job, “I’m a firm believer in government incentives like the R&D tax credit that encourage economic growth and competitiveness.”


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