Todd Northrup, CPA

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Meet Todd

Todd has more than 20 years of experience, including 13 years at Big Four firms, working with a wide variety of public and private companies, both entrepreneur-owned and investor-backed, as well as, high net worth individuals. In addition to possessing strong technical expertise covering a full range of corporate and flow through tax matters, Todd has extensive experience with FASB ASC 740 (formerly FAS 109 and FIN 48), tax planning, research and compliance services.

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Professional History


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants


  • University of Southern California
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


  • Singer Lewak
  • Ernst & Young LLP


Q. What is the toughest decision you have ever made?
My oldest daughter got married 6 months ago. Letting her go was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in recent memory.
Q. What law or regulation in the accounting industry would you like to see changed?
Accounting for stock options and income tax accounting is some of the most convoluted and painful calculations that you have to do. They recently changed some guidelines and rules there, effective 2017, so we’ll see.
Q. Without naming names, tell us about your favorite client and why you enjoyed working with them.
My favorite clients are my most challenging engagements. I enjoy a client who can stretch my skills professionally because closing out tough projects are the most satisfying. Problem solving makes for a great opportunity to build a good professional relationship with your client.
Q. What keeps you up at night?
Unresolved issues. I obsess over resolving lingering and loose ends.
Q. Describe your work style.
Communicative. I like to work through problems with people, teach them what I know and get feedback.
Q. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring accountants or consultants, what would that be?
Get to know all of your colleagues and as many people as you can. It will serve you well in the future. Many people do not stay in public accounting and those relationships you build now will serve you well in the future.
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