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


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 poised to help 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 canna businesses, 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.