I was drawn to the organization's culture. I am currently in my 11th year and thrilled to be part of the team.
What is your favorite part of working at GHJ?
The amazing culture, the friendly people and the Firms focus on the nonprofit community.
What do you enjoy most about working with clients? How do you help clients #BeMore?
The array of nonprofit clients that GHJ has are each unique with amazing missions. I enjoy being a resource for them so that they can meet their missions and continue to provide their program services.
How does GHJ help you #BeMore?
GHJ implantation of working from home has greatly helped with balancing my work and life responsibilities. I am able to be there for my two sons while still meeting my job expectations.
What issues in our community do you most care about, and how does it motivate you?
I serve on the Board of Executive Service Corp Southern California. ESC provides high-quality, affordable coaching and consulting services throughout Southern California. Nonprofits are usually strapped for funds, and it is hard for them to invest in their management team. ESC is able to provide much needed coaching at a very reasonable rate.
What/who influenced you to join the firm, and how?
I attended an event that GHJ hosted for students at Cal State University Northridge and met several individuals from the Firm. I was drawn to the organization's culture. I am currently in my 11th year and thrilled to be part of the team.
What is your proudest professional moment, and why?
My recent promotion to Managing Director of Nonprofit Tax Services has been my proudest moment. GHJ has allowed me to grow in my professional career and follow my passion in the nonprofit community. The Firm provided me with the guidance and support that has led me to where I am at today.
What is your favorite quote that best describes your professional philosophy?
"Each day I come in with a positive attitude, trying to get better."
If I weren’t an accountant/consultant, I’d be a __________________. Why?
Elementary Teacher. I always enjoyed teaching others ever since I was a child. I was drawn to the structured setting and the environment.
Lizbeth Nevarez, CPA, has more than 10 years of public accounting experience providing tax and consulting services and leads the Firm’s Nonprofit Tax Practice.
Lizbeth is a frequent speaker at the Firm’s nonprofit workshops. She has completed the Riordan Leadership Institute’s Board service program through the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce. The program's mission is to develop and cultivate business professionals for lifelong service in the nonprofit community. She has also taught courses on Form 900 basics and Private Foundations through Cal CPA.
Lizbeth currently serves on the Board of Hillsides, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing family services, foster care, mental health services, and a variety of other family preservation programs. She is also on the Board of Executive Service Corps (ESC), a leading nonprofit provider of high-impact, affordable management development services to other nonprofits in Southern California.
In 2018, Lizbeth was recognized as “Most Influential Minority CPA” by the Los Angeles Business Journal for her contributions to the community and accounting industry.
Lizbeth joined the Firm in 2008, after graduating California State University, Northridge where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Favorite place in the world:
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Favorite music/band/singer: Favorite
One word that best describes me:
When I’m not working, you’ll catch me doing this:
Spending time with my two sons.
I recently helped host Green Hasson Janks’ 2018 Nonprofit Conference: The Future of Nonprofit Innovation and Technology. As a board member of two nonprofit organizations, Hillsides and Executive Service Corps Los Angeles, the conference had very useful information that can be shared with my boards. Partnering with the Board The conference kicked off with our keynote speaker Justin Trout. Justin is the co-founder and COO of Health-Ade Kombucha. His session, “How to build a brand, a culture […]
Originally printed in February 2018 issue of Los Angeles Business Journal The 2017 Tax Reform Act that was passed on December 22, 2017 has significant changes that impact tax exempt organizations. As trusted advisors serving more than 100 nonprofit clients, Green Hasson Janks has highlighted select provisions of the Act. Here is a summary of the changes: PROVISION: DISALLOWED FRINGE BENEFITS SUBJECT TO UNRELATED BUSINESS TAXABLE INCOME PRE-REFORM LAW Prior to 2018 tax exempt organizations […]
The proposed tax legislation will certainly have a significant impact on individuals and business entities. Some of the changes may also have some unintended consequences for exempt organizations, primarily 501(c)(3) organizations. Below are some highlights that were covered at the Western Conference on Tax Exempt Organizations that both public charities and private foundations should keep an eye on. Itemized Deductions for Individuals Proposed Bill The standard deduction will be increasing […]
Many tax-exempt organizations invest frequently in foreign alternative investments (e.g., hedge, private equity, real estate and venture capital funds). When investing into such funds, these tax-exempt organizations’ primary tax concern is generally to mitigate their risk of Unrelated Business Taxable Income (“UBTI”). Funds commonly avoid this UBTI issue for their tax-exempt organization investors by structuring funds so that the tax-exempt organizations invest through a non-U.S. entity that is […]
It can be challenging for exempt organizations to keep track of all the requirements needed in order to maintain their tax exempt status. There are a vast number of topics that exempt organizations should be aware of such as annual filing requirements, unrelated business income, car donation reporting etc. Over my 9 years of experience in nonprofit tax practice, I have been posed with some of the same recurring questions from tax exempt organizations. The questions include: What are the required […]
There are several nonprofit organizations in the United States with missions aimed at assisting refugees. These nonprofits provide direct assistance, such as food and clothing, to individuals who are currently living in a foreign country, or help refugees that have recently arrived in the U.S. find housing and settle in the country. On February 2, 2017, President Donald Trump issued a revised executive order to protect the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the U.S. This order directly […]
It is a rare feat when two nonprofit organizations are able to come together and join resources to increase the collective impact they have in the community. It is just as rare to have enough donor contributions that allow them to do so. The amount of time, work, and of course, due diligence, that goes into making something this amazing happen is astronomical. I was able to go through this experience as the Treasurer of Bienvenidos Children's Center (Bienvenidos). Bienvenidos provides foster […]
At our recent 2015 Nonprofit Conference we decided to do things a little differently and scheduled two concurrent breakout sessions. I had the pleasure of attending the Messaging and Storytelling for Impact Giving workshop and introducing the presenter, Terrence McNally, a strategic communications consultant and a workshop leader for The Goodman Center, a nonprofit learning center “where do-gooders learn to do better.” Terrence graduated from Harvard and decided to go into the entertainment […]