Jen Shah, CPA

Director of Tax Services
Director of Tax Services


Jen began her public accounting career at a Big 4 accounting firm, where she specialized in individual international tax matters. Jen joined Dean Dorton in 2003 and advises business and individual clients on tax and general business consulting matters. She has worked with a variety of clients in many different industries, but spends much of her time working with high net worth individuals and related entities including businesses, trusts, and foundations.

Industry Expertise

Jen currently leads the firm’s equine practice. In addition to working extensively with participants in the equine industry, she advises clients on general international tax matters. She has worked with many clients in diverse industries, with an additional concentration on advising software companies with tax matters.

Speaking Engagements

  • OwnerView National Thoroughbred Owner Conference – Business Considerations for Horse Owners – Panelist, 2016 and 2017
  • Bloomberg BNA – U.S. Income Tax Considerations for U.S. Horse Owners – Webinar, 2017
  • Thoroughbred Owners of California Tax Planning Seminar, 2017 and 2018
  • Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing & Gaming Law Conference – U.S. Income Tax Implications of International Investment in Horses, 2015
  • Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association (CBA) Symposium – Selected Tax Matters for Horse Breeding and Sales Operations, 2015
  • Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar – Tax & Accounting Basics for Business Equine Operations (multiple sessions)
  • University of Kentucky National Conference on Equine Law – Selected Federal Tax Updates, 2013
  • KyCPA’s Horsing Around Equine CPE Program – Accounting Best Practices for Operating Equine Activities as a Business, 2013
  • University of Kentucky Equine Law Class Guest Speaker – U.S. Tax Implications for Horse Owners and What Attorneys Need to Know About Them (multiple sessions)
  • Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) – Basic Business Versus Hobby Considerations for Equine Activities, 2012

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants
Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Treasurer
Horse Country, Inc., Finance Committee Member
Equine Financial Group, Member
Bluegrass Care Navigators, Executive Committee Member and Treasurer

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 1998, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky