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Tony Lam, CPA

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Tony earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University. Tony is a tax partner with Armanino LLP. Tony works closely on closely-held businesses on tax consulting and compliance projects.  He is also in charge of our tax training program.

Prior to joining Armanino in 2005, Tony worked as a tax manager with Deloitte for more than five years, where he managed the tax work for real estate partnerships and high net worth individuals.

Tony became a Certified Public Accountant in 2002. He is currently serving as a Board of Director for the East Bay Chapter of California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Tony’s work experience includes real estate, retail, individual, corporate and flow-through taxation.

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Experience

Professional History

Associations

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

Community

  • CalCPA Board of Directors – East Bay Chapter
  • Knights of Columbus

Education

  • Golden Gate University
  • University of California, Santa Barbara

Experience

  • Deloitte LLP
Q&A
Q. What was it that drew you to Armanino?
The entrepreneurial spirit and the strong commitment to client service drew me to Armanino. This is the kind of firm where following your professional passions are encouraged and building rewarding relationships happens.
Q. What is the toughest decision you have ever made?
Making the change from engineering to accounting. I had gone to school planning to be an engineer, and my parents supported that career path. I decided to switch to accounting because it was more of a natural fit for me, but it’s not easy to start something and realize you need to stop and go another direction.
Q. What law or regulation in the accounting industry would you like to see changed?
Inventory cost capitalization. The rules are cumbersome and it’s a timing issue.
Q. Describe your work style.
Organized and team-oriented
Q. Who is (or was) the most influential person in your life
Definitely my spouse. She’s very supportive and helped me become a more well-rounded person. She is an art teacher who helps me see beauty in the world, and helps me appreciate the balance of life and work.
Q. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring accountants or consultants, what would that be?
Work hard, be positive, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
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