ACCOUNTING AND TAX ADVISORY
John is a San Francisco CPA with a passion for helping clients grow their small business and navigate the tax waters. The firm specializes in boot-strappers, pre-series A, and stock option compensated employees. John prides himself in providing services that go beyond just a tax return. For more details, see the Hierarchy of Client Needs on our Value Added Page.
John has (too many) years of financial services experience, seven of which with CPA firms specializing in small business, equity comp, tax, accounting, and even audit. Prior clients with those firms include multi-national manufacturing entities, high-high net (financial) worth individuals, and trust work. With Gillingham CPA, John has pivoted to focus on early stage startups and owners needing in-depth tax advisory and practical consulting.
A true advisor goes beyond an annual tax return. We aim to navigate you through business and sometimes life decisions.
We believe in a collaborative, dare we say, educational approach that utilizes your decision making and technology. Allow us to show you what it means to Know Your Numbers.
We see not only a tax return, but a larger picture of living, breathing humans, some of which have stock options. It is humbling to be asked to advise on major life decisions.
In an increasingly automated world, it’s important for us to constantly assess and adjust our work flow to maximize the value we can provide. In addition to providing answers, perspective, and solutions – we also there for you when it’s time to make tough decisions. We answer all emails and address all questions.
With Gillingham CPA, you’ll have an experienced advisor that uses your real financial data to assist in communicating to your real-life or robotic team of advisors.
What Our Clients Say
I found Gillingham via the Accounting Play Podcast of all places and I could not be more satisfied that I did. They took the time to show me the Quickbooks Online ropes and optimize my tax situation. They have been instrumental with my side-hustle ambitions, as well as my day job which has some stock option complication.
John is someone who builds trust very quickly, which is vital as you’re entrusting your sensitive financials with him.He’s also a really chill, cool dude, which is refreshing to see in the accounting profession.He helped me with my personal and business taxes swiftly and efficiently this first year (2017). Everybody, especially e commerce entrepreneurs, should work with John.
I know Gillingham CPA does a lot of stock option related work for his San Francisco clients (one recommended me to him) but I am actually more on the small business side of things with a rental. I am impressed by how John carefully explains the process and starts planning before the end of the year! I appreciate his collaborative approach, so you trust the work provided and know you are getting the best rates.I’m not rich, (yet) but I know with the help from Gillingham I am doing everything I can to get there.Initially, I wanted someone local (LA) but quickly realized it is fine to get this all handled remotely. Highly recommended.
We look forward to working with you. Please email me directly at John at GillinghamCPA dot com, but best to fill-out contact form below