Partners

Harvey Tanton, CPA
Managing Executive Director
Mr. Tanton is the firm’s managing executive director and has been practicing as a certified public accountant in New York State since 1972. He founded the Firm over 40 years ago. Mr. Tanton's leadership abilities, coupled with his wealth of experience in accounting, tax, and financial matters, are the backbone of the company...

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His clientele includes high net worth individuals and their companies. His expertise is in tax and generational wealth planning for individuals and their families both in the US and throughout the world.

His prior experience was with a large CPA firm which merged into the Big 4, where he was in charge of Fortune 500 International clients and advised the families who founded them.

Mr. Tanton is a graduate with honors from Northeastern University where he was elected to both Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi honor Fraternities.
ROBERT E. GRUBMAN, CPA
Managing Partner
Managing Partner Robert E. Grubman is a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of experience in public accounting. Rob specializes in tax, consulting and business management for entertainment and lifestyle companies. He represents music artists and producers, clothing designers and retailers, collectible sneaker...

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companies, interior designers, marketing/public relations firms and several iconic modern artists. His clients include many of the highly regarded companies in the digital marketing and social media arena.

His financial guidance places individuals and business owners on a path to greater profitability and efficiency. Rob is in charge of the Entertainment, Lifestyle & Sports Group.

He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and its Entertainment, Arts and Sports Committee and American Institute of CPAs.
DAVID BARRETT, CPA
PARTNER
David M. Barrett is a Certified Public Accountant with 15 years of experience in public accounting and 14 years of experience in the broker dealer/ hedge and venture funds / financial services industry. David heads the financial reporting department of the firm. He is responsible for the tax reporting for many of the firm’s...

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high net worth individuals in the financial sector, trading and investment partnerships and various other entities in multiple business sectors.

David is also responsible for tax and court reporting for the firm’s estate and trust department. David joined Tanton Group CPAs, LLP in 2016.

He is a graduate of Marist College and is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and its Family Office Committee and the American Institute of CPAs.
Deborah Assal, CPA
PARTNER
Deborah Assal is a Certified Public Accountant with over 14 years of experience in public accounting. Deborah provides tax compliance and planning services for her clients and has substantial experience in the financial services industry. Deborah has developed extensive experience with a variety of financial service entities...

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... including, but not limited to, investment partnerships, hedge funds, management companies, general partner entities, private equity partnerships and fund of funds.

Deborah also has substantial experience with information reporting and withholding requirements on US source income, and international outbound compliance.

She is a graduate of The University of Pittsburgh and is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Anil Melwani, CPA
Partner
Anil Melwani is the most recent partner to join the team at Tanton Grubman. Anil founded 212 Tax & Accounting Services in 2008, and has been helping both businesses & individuals with their accounting, tax preparation, and tax planning since then. Anil’s main focus has been on the hospitality, entertainment, and...

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food & beverage industries, along with clients who face various types of international tax issues and many people who work with the United Nations and foreign governments. He also has extensive experience helping taxpayers with tax problems, including late returns, missed filings, and negotiating back taxes and penalties.

Prior to founding 212 Tax Services, Anil served as Vice President of Armel Enterprises, an importer & distributor of home furnishings. His duties included budgeting, forecasting, and inventory control, meeting with major retailers, and traveling to Asia to develop and source new products. Anil’s career in accounting started with Deloitte in the summer of 2000. He eventually became an integral part of the audit engagement team for several clients including Forever 21, India Abroad/Rediff.com, LensCrafters, Merrill Lynch, and the Rockefeller Family Investment Group. Anil’s knowledge of the inner workings of businesses and their tax obligations, coupled with his experience as a professional auditor, has enabled him to be a very highly regarded accountant and business advisor.

Anil grew up in Great Neck, Long Island, and has lived in Manhattan since 2001, after graduating from Babson College with a Concentration in Accounting. He is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and National Association of Tax Professionals, and has been a New York State CPA since 2005.
ERIC WAGSCHAL, CPA
PARTNER
Eric Wagschal is a Certified Public Accountant with over 13 years of experience in public accounting. Eric specializes in tax and advisory for high net worth individuals, corporate and partnership entities, along with M&A advisory services, and has recently led the tax due diligence on acquisitions totaling approximately $500 million...

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Eric spends considerable time on structuring issues for new businesses to optimize tax burdens, with a heavy focus on young entrepreneurs engaged in cross border transactions from both the inbound as well as the outbound perspective. Eric has extensive experience within the financial services industry from both the fund perspective, as well as the portfolio manager/financial services individual perspective.

Eric has been active in helping clients to navigate in the post Wayfair environment from both the planning perspective, as well as current compliance issues.

Eric graduated Magna Cum Laude from City University of New York – Brooklyn College and is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and American Institute of CPAs.
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