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Carol A. Granados, CPA provides a wide range of services to individuals, trusts, estates and businesses. I strive to meet each client's specific needs in planning for the future and achieving their goals in an ever-changing financial and regulatory environment.

My professional services include:

Tax Management Services

I guide my clients through a full range of tax planning and preparation decisions with strategies that minimize taxes, maximize cash flow and keep them on track to their financial goals. My expertise, experience, analysis and thorough research allows me to optimize financial opportunities to be found in existing as well as recently altered tax laws. I am knowledgeable and up to date on the tax laws and can make sense of your receipts, bills and notices from the IRS or Franchise Tax Board.

Income Tax Planning and Tax Return Preparation

There may be tax benefits or detriments associated with any financial transaction. I am available to advise you in the planning phases to insure that all tax implications have been considered. And, after the fact, I will prepare your tax returns with an eye on taking advantage of all tax benefits available to your situation. I am well versed not only California but multi-state taxation and have provided clients with tax savings from tax deductions, exclusions and credits.

Estate and Trust Tax Planning

Effective estate and trust planning can ensure financial security for loved ones. For businesses, it can maintain a smooth succession of ownership. My role is to help you navigate the complex and shifting tax laws to facilitate the transfer of assets and minimize the tax liability of your beneficiaries. Everyone should have a well thought-out plan as to how to disburse one's estate so as to minimize taxes, avoid complications and insure wishes are followed. Having your taxes and estate thoroughly and carefully planned will ensure that your loved ones don't have any complications to deal with in the future.

Financial and Retirement Planning

One of my goals is to help you reach your financial goals and maintain financial independence through a comfortable retirement. I can guide you through tough decision-making processes such as asset allocation, investment performance monitoring, college education funding, retirement plans, insurance, and tax, estate, and business succession planning. Whether you are developing an investment strategy or evaluating current investments, I can ensure that your portfolio will take into account tax implications for an advantageous after-tax return.

IRS and FTB Representation

Professional representation can be vital during an audit, and my experience with tax authorities enables me to guide clients in their dealings with federal and state agencies. If you have been chosen for an audit, my professional representation can put many of your worries at bay. I am ready and willing to answer any and all questions the IRS or California Franchise Tax Board may be asking of you.

Fiduciary Income Tax Returns-Trusts and Estates

I have had extensive experience with the preparation of post-death income tax returns for decedents' estates and trusts. I am very familar with the interplay of income and deduction reporting between the final individual income tax return and the post-death fiduciary income tax return. Whether you are an independent trustee, attorney or family member administering the estate or post-death living trust, I can assist you with post-mortem tax planning to insure all tax benefits are obtained and optimal filing positions are taken on the tax returns.

Prior Year Tax Return Review

I have saved my new clients thousands of dollars by reviewing their prior year federal and state income tax returns prepared by another accountant, identifying errors and preparing amended tax returns. As a new client, I will review your "open" year tax returns (last three years) to look for potential missed deductions or credits as well as proper tax treatment.

Real Estate Tax Planning

Residential rental property, commercial property and personal residential property all have distinctive tax benefits, detriments and tax treatment. I can identify the tax implications of a proposed real estate investment or sale and help you in the planning stages to minimize taxes and maximize the return on your investment. I have assisted clients with "like-kind" exchanges of rental properties to avoid tax on the the sale.

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