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AMIT CHANDEL, CPA, CTS, CTRS

Providing Trusted Tax Preparation & Tax Resolution, Strategic Tax Planning, and Compliance Assistance for Companies in the Cannabis Industry

Biography

AMIT CHANDEL, CPA is the architect of a highly successful financial career with a focus on taxation and compliance. He holds the designations of Certified Tax Planner (CTP), Certified Tax Resolution Specialist (CTRS), and Certified Exit Planner (CExP). His practice, which encompasses all key strategic areas of financial advisory and tax planning, is geared toward helping companies increase their business value, effectively plan for an exit, and legally minimize their annual tax liabilities. As co-founder of CANETHICS, he and partner Crystal Relinski, are helping clients capitalize on the immense potential of the rapidly growing cannabis industry.

From his humble beginnings as a cost accountant, Amit quickly rose through the ranks to corporate controller and became credentialed in business valuation, forensic accounting, tax preparation, and tax planning. In addition to earning an LLM Degree in Taxation, he has accrued specialized knowledge and honed a consultative approach that helps businesses navigate the intricacies of the tax system. An entrepreneur at heart, he founded Focus CPA Group, Inc. in 1993 with the goal of providing year-round service, not just filing a return at tax time. Since then, he has helped companies across a broad spectrum of industries unearth considerable tax savings.

In 2014, with the State of California awaiting full legalization of marijuana, Amit saw a growing need for taxation and compliance assistance for companies preparing for an entry into the cannabis sector. Already serving cannabusinesses, he began a rigorous investigation of the applicable tax laws and federal and state regulatory issues. He met Relinski in November 2017 and the pair entered into a partnership, sharing a vision to grow Canethics into the gold standard financial advisory solutions group for the cannabis industry. For his commitment to teaching, Amit is listed in Forbes Top 100 CPAs and was voted 2017 Tax Planner of the Year by his peers.

CRYSTAL RELINSKI

Providing Trusted Tax Preparation & Tax Resolution, Strategic Tax Planning, and Compliance Assistance for Companies in the Cannabis Industry

Biography

Defined by her core values of integrity, honesty, and family, CRYSTAL RELINSKI holds herself to the highest standards of personal accountability. She is an immersive, hands-on leader with a penchant for business development and strong financial acumen necessary for sound business decision making and driving bottom-line growth. Blending entrepreneurial flair with practical corporate experience, she brings a winning attitude, versatility, and an unshakable work ethic to CANETHICS, a company she co-founded with Amit Chandel, CPA, and is helping clients capitalize on the immense potential of the rapidly growing cannabis industry.

Throughout her career, which has encompassed leadership roles in both nonprofit and for-profit companies, as well as startups, Crystal has eagerly embraced new challenges. Known for her commitment to excellence, she has a knack for taking the initiative, positioning herself to create positive change, and building successful teams that execute on strategy. Her partnership with Chandel, a highly regarded tax advisor, allows her to focus on developing key relationships and building the Canethics brand. The pair seeks to position the firm as a market leader in the cannabis industry in the post legalization of cannabis in the State of California.

Crystal unburdens organizations by establishing their financial infrastructure, developing a framework for compliance, and helping them navigate the complex, ever-changing tax laws. Her mission is energized by her own personal experience and battle with fibromyalgia. In 2013, having exhausted all the traditional medical pathways to alleviate her chronic pain, she traveled from Illinois to Arizona, where she found medical cannabis that restored her vitality and enabled her to recapture her focus and productivity. Crystal has since become a crusader of sorts for the legalization of cannabis while supporting the goals of growth-oriented cannabusiness owners.