Tony Saranchak has over 30 years of experience in audits, risk analysis, internal control evaluation, project planning and management, evaluating compliance, and preparing companies for internal and external audits. He held positions at the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) Regulatory Audit as an Assistant Field Director, KPMG as a Trade and Customs Practice Manager, Nine West Holdings, and as a Customs Internal Audit Manager.
With a background in accounting – he is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner – Mr. Saranchak regularly advises on customs valuation, related party transactions, transfer pricing, first sale for export, and documentation systems and analysis.
While at CBP Regulatory Audit, he provided technical assistance to CBP on undercover investigations involving exports and terrorism-related cases. In addition, Mr. Saranchak was with the Internal Revenue Service Inspector General and assisted the U.S. Government Accountability Office on the first Financial Statement Audit conducted of the IRS.
Mr. Saranchak has provided his audit and accounting expertise to the IRS and CBP on a range of law enforcement actions including civil and criminal investigations, audits of prior disclosures, auditing internal management of undercover operations, and as internal expert witness. He has presented clearly and convincingly in court, first when providing technical assistance to CBP and the Transportation Security Administration in a court case on airline user fees, then when developing and writing a First Sale for Export Ruling Request for a large American department store chain.
Mr. Saranchak has participated in a variety of national CBP projects: updating national audit planning, redesigning audit methodology, drafting, and providing CBP’s input to other agencies on a draft code of regulations for new Foreign Trade Agreements (“FTAs”), among others. The FTA projects included developing the FTA Comparison Chart published by CBP which is commonly used by customs attorneys and consultants as training material. Mr. Saranchak also participated in developing an internal technical guide used by auditors to review the FTA trade areas during Customs audits.
While at CBP and KPMG, Mr. Saranchak gained valuable experience in the First Sale for Export program. The Ruling he prepared for a large American department store chain involved a thorough understanding of Incoterms, contract documents, related party transactions, supply chain, corporate legal structure, reviewing financial statements, and segmented financial data, and using appropriate judgement to evaluate and analyze the totality of circumstances.
Mr. Saranchak graduated from the University of Scranton in 1988 with a B.S. in Accounting and a Minor in Information Systems. He also earned a Master Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University in 2002.
He is a Certified Public Account and a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Speaking and Teaching
Mr. Saranchak has prepared training material for and has instructed at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center to train CBP auditors and international trade specialists. He has been a speaker at the Philadelphia regional conference for the Institute of Internal Auditors and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.