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Blake E. Christian

Tax Partner

HCVT, LLP
Long Beach/ Park City, California, USA

Public Accounting Firm - Regional

Professional Summary

I have over 35 years of public and private corporate, partnership, individual, estate and trust experience.

With over 500 employees and professionals in seven Southern California offices, HCVT is the largest CPA firm headquartered in the Southern California. HCVT has been named one of the "Best Managed CPA Firms" in the U.S. by Inside Public Accounting for the last 12 years, and has been ranked as one of the top 3 fastest growing CPA firms in the country.

In addition to having expertise in tax planning and compliance, I have extensive experience with state and federal Location Based Incentive Tax Credit consulting, mergers and acquistions, compensation structuring, and strategic planning.

I was a Co-Founder of National Tax Credit Group, LLC www.ntcgtax.com, a software company that geo-coded all major satate and federal tax incentive zones throughout the U.S. The software was licensed to CCH and marketed under: Tax Zone Locator and was used by hundreds of companies, CPA firms (including all the Big 4 and most national firms) and governmental agencies nationally.

Specialties: Holistic Tax Planning for Businesses and their equity holders, Problem Solving, CPA Firm Best Practices, Profit Improvement, Economic Development, State Enterprise Zone, Federal Empowerment/ Renewal Community/ Gulf Opportunity and Indian Tribal Lands Tax Credits. Hiring Credits are available in virtually every state and range from $500 to over $13,000 per qualifying employee per year.

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Languages

  • English

Industry Experience

    • Public Accounting Firm

Website

HCVT LLP

Interests/Hobbies

  • Roadbiking
  • Snowboarding
  • Cars

Social Media



Experience

HCVT, LLP
Long Beach/ Park City, California, USA 90802/ 84060
Tax Partner
Public Accounting Firm - Regional
2003 - Present
Full Service tax consulting and compliance for large privately held businesses and some public companies as well as high net worth individuals.


Prior positions:

Co-Founder:



National Tax Credits Group, LLC (Concurrent Position w/ HCVT)
January 2005 – December 2011 (7 years)
Co-Founder/ LLC Member - Tax Credit Incentives software company which has developed the only national database of state and federal incentive zones, which can result in hiring tax credits from $500 to $12,500 per qualified employee, as well as other tax benefits, including equipment credits and other tax breaks.

Less than 10% of eligible businesses claim these benefits, which can often result in refunds and current year savings in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.



Tax Partner

KPMG, LLP
June 1980 – September 1992 (12 years 4 months)
Tax Partner in the Los Angeles and Long Beach Offices



Tax Director


Maxicare Health Plans
August 1986 – June 1989 (2 years 11 months)
Tax Director of 100 entity, national HMO.

Education

MBT, Accounting/ Tax 1985
University of Southern California
Long Beach, California, United States
Blake serves, and has served, in leadership positions on numerous community boards including, 2008 Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman, 2011-2012 President of Long Beach Rotary, former Vice-Chairman of the (post-bankruptcy) Orange County Treasury Advisory Committee (12 years), Long Beach Assistance League, Long Beach Symphony Corporate Circle, member of the City of Long Beach "Red Team" (Boeing C-17 project) and the city's Checkered Flag Team (automotive industry economic development). Blake is also the Long Beach Business Catalyst for Plant LB (www.plantlb.org), a Long Beach church planting organization. Blake is a member of the Tax Division of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, Cal Chamber Tax Committee and the Tax Section of the State Bar of California. Blake was honored as “2010 – 2011 Rotary Businessman of the Year” for District 5320 (over 2,200 members), received one of five state-wide “2007 Small Business Advocate of the Year” awards from the California Chamber of Commerce.

Professional Certifications

CPA
Active
1982

Associations and Societies

  • Long Beach Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Long Beach, Rotary Club of Park City, (President, Chairman, Board Member of various NFPs)


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