Benjamin R. Podraza
Benjamin Podraza is the principal of Podraza CPA. He is a second generation financial professional with more than 20 years experience in public practice. He has a B.S. in Accounting and M.S. in Taxation from Arizona State University, where he graduated at the top of his class. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Mr. Podraza has also earned the designation of Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He currently sits on the Tax Steering, Tax Legislative and IT Steering Committees at the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, has been designed a CPA Ambassador by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and frequently publishes articles on topics such as practice management, accounting and tax legislative trends and financial management.
In addition to being the Principal of Podraza CPA, Mr. Podraza is the founder and Managing Member of Podraza Wealth Management, which offers integrated financial planning services to middle and high net worth individuals. He brings a wealth of knowledge about investment, tax and insurance planning, financial management, technology and business operations that allows him to provide unparalleled insight into nearly every aspect of his client’s financial lives.
While he has prepared thousands of tax returns throughout his career, Ben has also advised on tax structures for complex transactions and ventures, secured tax-exempt status for non-profit organizations, provided representation on hundreds of inquiries from government agencies, and successfully negotiated installment agreements, offers-in-compromise and claims for innocent spouse relief.
Having worked in a CFO/controller capacity for several companies, Ben can assist in the development of accounting policies, internal control systems, performance based compensation programs, financial proposals and business plans. In today’s challenging economic times, Ben has been able to help clients secure financing through several different lending sources, such as commercial lenders, factoring arrangements, leasing options and private equity investment.
Over the years, Ben has had the opportunity to work with companies in numerous industries including manufacturers and distributors, real estate investors and developers, construction contractors, auto dealerships, software developers, restaurants, internet and brick and mortar retailers, health, legal and marketing service providers. His experience working with the senior management of closely held corporations and high net worth individuals allows him to provide invaluable insight into proven strategies for financial success.
Outside the Office
Ben enjoys running, biking, swimming, hiking and snowboarding. He is a bit of a health fanatic and will always entertain a conversation about nutrition, health regimens and other holistic ambitions. Late at night Ben likes to unwind by reading books and playing the guitar.
Benjamin Podraza, CPA/PFS, MST, CGMA is a second generation financial professional that brings a wealth of knowledge about investment, tax, insurance planning, financial management, technology and business operations to provide unparalleled insight into nearly every aspect of his client's financial lives.