Neil Bretvick has inhabited the Hellam Varon offices since 1985, and in that time has done just about everything there is to do in a local CPA firm. From dealing with taxes and audits, individuals and closely held businesses, and foreign investment to chairing a committee for the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, there's not much in the financial world he hasn't seen. "I enjoy helping clients achieve their objectives,” he says. “That’s satisfying."
Having specialized in work with businesses, Neil can provide assistance with everything from tax planning, formation, mergers, acquisitions and sales to succession planning and representation of taxpayers before state and federal authorities. He's also the guy to talk to if you want to know the ERA of the Mariners bullpen or where to find a copy of Townes Van Zandt's High, Low and In Between on vinyl.
An aspiring collector of LPs from the early 70's, Neil also likes to pick up a guitar now and then and "make some noise", at least when there isn't an M's game to suffer through. After years of waiting and hoping for a good season, watching failed playoff runs again and again, one must find solace in something. What better than music? Music and standing up for clients during conflicts with the IRS. Besides, after watching the Mariners relief pitching, the Internal Revenue Service really doesn't seem that bad.
Central Washington University, B.S. Accounting, cum laude
Golden Gate University, Master of Science in Taxation
Certified Public Accountant
AICPA Taxation Division
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants
Pacific Tax Institute, chairman
WSCPA Taxation Committee (former chairman)
Summer Search, Board of Directors
Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Attain Housing, Board of Directors
International Community School Grants Committee
Recreational soccer coach
Finn Hill Socceer Club officer
Business and individual taxation
Planning, compliance and consulting for businesses
Business formation, choice of entity and succession planning
Tax savings aspects of purchases and sales of businesses
U.S. tax implications of foreign activities
Taxation of non-resident individuals
Client representation during tax audits and examinations