"We do so much more than prepare your tax return; we’re here to help you meet your financial goals. The tax return is just a check to see how we did."
Founding Partner Judy Hamilton says the key to helping clients achieve their financial goals—whether they include minimizing tax liabilities or maximizing profits—is knowing what questions to ask. With her extensive experience and deep expertise, Judy skillfully interviews her clients and quickly gains an understanding of their specific circumstances. Armed with relevant information, Judy then helps her clients make financially advantageous choices when they’re facing complex issues like ownership transitions, stock options and awards and real property exchanges. She specializes in tax planning and compliance for high net worth individuals, small business owners and corporate executives and offers specific expertise in executive compensation, real estate and M&A transactions.
In addition to her robust tax practice, Judy also provides business consulting and advisory services. Under that umbrella, she has helped clients navigate a variety of challenges, from entity set-up to accounting process optimization to succession planning. Helping her clients achieve their financial goals and position themselves for financially sound futures is Judy’s passion, and she particularly enjoys the forward-looking aspect of her work.
Judy founded Hamilton Accountancy Corporation (predecessor to Hamilton Tharp LLP) in 1980 with a desire to work with smaller companies and individuals after spending several years serving large real estate developers, manufacturers, hospitals and airlines as an auditor and consultant for Arthur Young & Co. She started her firm with one client and through consistent, high-quality, personalized service, grew it to the diverse, 1,000+ client base she oversees today.
Judy earned an MBA and a BA in accounting with distinction from San Diego State University, where she later taught courses in taxation. She is a licensed CPA in California and member of the AICPA. She also holds a Series 65 license and is a Registered Investment Advisor.
Actively involved in serving her local community, Judy has served on various boards and currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Center for the Arts and the Budget and Finance Committee of the City of Solana Beach. She was the first recipient of the San Diego “Women who Mean Business” award in accounting.
Judy loves sports. In fact, she has played basketball and soccer for most of her life. She holds season tickets for San Diego State football and basketball games, and when it comes time to read the newspaper in her household, Judy always grabs the sports page first. With a personal passion for athletics and knowledge of the multi-state taxation issues professional team players face, Judy founded the Sports & Entertainment division of Hamilton Tharp in 1981. She has since enjoyed providing financial, accounting and tax services to professional athletes, agents and coaches in baseball, football, basketball and volleyball.
"Every penny you can save today buys you another day in the Minors so that you’ll have enough [runway] to reach your goal of making it to the Majors."
Allen Tharp is dedicated to helping small business owners, high-net-worth individuals, partnerships, corporations and nonprofits optimize their financial positions and plan for long-term financial success. As director of Hamilton Tharp’s Sports & Entertainment division, he provides tax planning, tax compliance and financial planning services for professional athletes and actors as well as agents and sports-related businesses. Through his focus on the unique needs of his clients, Allen has developed specific expertise in multi-state taxation and residency issues, entity selection and pension plan set-up. He serves professional baseball, basketball and football players who must file tax returns wherever they play, which often spans 10-20 different states.
A licensed CPA and Registered Investment Advisor with a Series 65 license, Allen often works with financial advisors to ensure they are making the most tax-efficient choices for their clients. He also coaches individuals whose circumstances have recently changed. Being promoted from an employee to a firm partner or making the transition from employee to small business owner, for example, can have significant and complex tax implications. Allen makes sure his clients are prepared to make sound financial decisions to secure and optimize their income and earnings.
As a big believer in being proactive and planning ahead, Allen encourages smart, forward-looking strategies that help his clients get ahead—and stay ahead—financially.
Born in Louisiana, Allen moved to San Diego after serving as an airman in the U.S. Navy. There, he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of San Diego. Prior to joining Hamilton Tharp in 1997, he spent four years as an auditor for the financial services division of a Chicago CPA firm, where he worked with clients whose stock traded on the Chicago Board of Options Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade.
Allen is a member of the AICPA and the California Society of CPAs. He is a Little League Baseball volunteer and father to three teenagers. Outside the office, he enjoys golf and spending time with his wife and children.
Traveling, Spending time with her kids & husband, Walking her dog, Musical theater
"My team is cross-trained to serve the needs of all our clients. That allows us to provide unparalleled responsiveness. With what we do, immediate attention is essential. Our clients rely on us for guidance when strategic opportunities arise and they have to make a fast decision."
Tina helps growth-minded business owners make faster, better-informed decisions. It sounds simple—and to her clients, it appears that way—but that’s just part of the value Tina delivers. In reality, she takes accounting and finance tasks off the shoulders of small- to medium-sized business owners so they can focus on growing their companies, with the assurance that their financial information and processes are in good hands.
Tina gets the challenges that business owners face because she is one herself. Since 2010, she has served as Hamilton Tharp’s managing partner, overseeing all administrative functions and staffing. In 2008, Tina created the firm’s business management division, which provides an invaluable suite of services to growing companies. Built from her own foundation of consulting experience and financial management expertise, Tina’s team now consists of knowledgeable staff who are all equally dedicated to helping clients achieve their financial visions.
As a strategic partner to her clients, Tina helps identify the options they need to move their businesses forward. The areas she consults on vary widely, and they are not all accounting-related. Tina has helped clients with everything from accounting software conversions to multi-state office accounting, coordination and process improvements.
Tina’s unique background transcends public accounting and includes many years of private industry accounting experience – which includes time as a controller for the Latin America division of a large consulting firm in Chicago. There, she traveled internationally, setting up accounting offices, consulting and serving as a part-time CFO for a wide variety of privately held, emerging companies. She combines that knowledge with her experience as both a business owner and consultant to provide creative solutions that unlock hidden potential for growth and operational efficiency.
A San Diego native, Tina enjoys her coastal community, especially early-morning walks with her dogs and spending time with her husband and three children. She volunteers for numerous local nonprofit organizations that support business, children and animals. Tina is a past board member of the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce and a past board member for the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation, for both of which she provides financial advice, leadership and fundraising support.
“Settling an estate or trust can be time consuming and frustrating, but I am here to guide and assist my clients to make the work as easy as possible.”
Joan Wolfe provides tax planning and compliance services to help individuals, estates, trusts and closely held businesses take advantage of tax-saving opportunities specific to their circumstances. Joan also provides IRS and Franchise Tax Board audit representation services, advocating on behalf of clients under audit.
Specializing in estate and trust taxation, Joan strives to ease the burdens of those who have lost a loved one. In addition to the emotional strain, the requirements of estate and trust administration can be time consuming and onerous. Joan provides guidance for clients in those circumstances, helping them to anticipate problems and identify the right solutions. She helps break down the administration by providing the steps needed to convert the overwhelming into smaller, more manageable tasks. “Settling an estate or trust can be time consuming and frustrating, but I am here to guide and assist my clients to make the work as easy as possible”, Joan says.
Joan assists trustees, executors and estate planning attorneys with the many tasks required to administer trusts and estates, including preparing final individual income tax returns for decedents, estate tax returns (Form 706) and fiduciary income tax returns (Form 1041). She also provides fiduciary accounting, tax planning for trust termination and assists attorneys with trust funding. She helps her clients plan for and pursue tax-minimization strategies such as traditional-to-Roth IRA conversions and year-end selections for fiduciary income tax returns.
Born and raised in Washington state, Joan has called San Diego home since 1981. She completed her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from National University in 1984, started working as a staff accountant and became a CPA in 1987. After working in the tax departments of large local accounting firms for almost 10 years, she started her own tax practice, which was merged into Hamilton Accountancy Corporation in 1997.
Joan is actively involved in community, providing estate planning advice to individuals and fundraising assistance to charitable organizations. Her current professional memberships include:
– San Diego Foundation Professional Advisor Council member
– Rady’s Children’s Hospital Foundation Estates and Trusts Executive Committee
– San Diego North County Estate Planning Council
– California Society of Certified Public Accountants member
Joan also served in the following roles:
– Past President of the Estate Planning Council of San Diego
– Past Chair of the La Jolla Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section
She enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with her family in her spare time. She also has an extensive travel buck list which she attempts to whittle down as time allows. Quote: It would take less time to tell you where I would not like to travel to than to tell you which places I would like to visit.
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