Benjamin R. Podraza, CPA
Benjamin Podraza is a second generation Certified Public Accountant with more than 17 years experience in public practice. Ben has a B.S. in Accounting and M.S. in Taxation from Arizona State University, where he graduated at the top of his class. He has a wealth of knowledge about accounting, tax consulting, financial management, investments, technology, and business operations and has authored several articles on taxes and accounting. Ben prides himself on his professionalism and because he is also an entrepreneur he often acts as a sounding board for clients’ new business ventures and investment strategies.
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 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.