Vito A. Cosmo Jr. ’84
Vito Cosmo is a state and local tax managing director at Grant Thornton in Philadelphia. With more than 30 years of accounting and tax experience, Cosmo has spent the majority of his career in public accounting, but has also served as director of state and local taxes for Exelon Corporation and its subsidiaries; as well as partner-in-charge of the state and local tax consulting group of the Philadelphia Office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Cosmo has experience in all aspects of multistate tax consulting, including planning, research, compliance and protest proceedings for large and midsized companies.
In particular, he has extensive planning and protest experience with Pennsylvania Capital Stock/Franchise Tax, Pennsylvania Corporate Net Income Tax, Philadelphia Business Privilege and Net Profits taxes, as well as Delaware and New Jersey business and corporate taxes. He has published articles in the Pennsylvania CPA Journal, holds the distinction of certified public accountant, and is a member of the AICPA.
Cosmo has also spent time as an adjunct professor in the graduate tax program at Philadelphia University, where he taught state and local taxes and taxation history and policy, and at Delaware Valley College, where he taught corporate taxation.
Diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s in 2012, Cosmo has spent a significant amount of his professional and personal life raising awareness about the disease. He traces the signs of his disease back to 2002, when he lost his sense of smell and began having tremors in his right hand shortly after. He continues to maintain a full work schedule, but the disease has compelled him to be agile in how he fulfills his performance goals and responsibilities as well as how he spends his free time. He is an active champion for workplace disability inclusion in his roles as a national executive sponsor of Grant Thornton’s Diverse Abilities and Allies Business Resource Group (BRG), and board member and treasurer of the Parkinson Council of Philadelphia. Cosmo dedicates his time to facilitating greater organizational awareness of the abilities and contributions of people with disabilities with colleagues, clients and external partners. He regularly shares his journey as he mentors colleagues who must navigate and learn to bring their whole selves to work, disability included. In 2015, Cosmo and his wife, Rosanne, were featured in an 18-part series about living with Parkinson’s on healthco360.com, an online health and wellness community. In 2016, he and Grant Thornton were selected by the Parkinson Council of Philadelphia as the honorees at its annual Golf Classic fundraiser for their commitment to employees with disabilities.