Credits, CPAs and Cannabis: Issues for Georgia Businesses

Andrew Moore, CPA, of Frazier & Deeter speaking to the GABB.

Three CPAs from Frazier & Deeter spoke at the May 28 Georgia Association of Business Brokers meeting about the emerging cannabis industry as well as other tax programs that affect both buyers and sellers of businesses.

Matthew Foster, CPA, Tax Partner at Frazier & Deeter and the firm’s National Practice Leader for the Cannabis Industry, discussed the emerging cannabis industry in Georgia, including tax issues and obstacles to financing. Andrew Moore, CPA, Senior Manager of the Tax Department at Frazier & Deeter, discussed film credits, low income housing credits, opportunity funds, and syndicated conservation easement transactions, all of which can lower the taxes due after the sale of a business.  Jennifer Gruner, CPA, tax partner in Frazier & Deeter’s Real Estate Group, covered opportunity funds.

Linked here is a copy of their presentation. Credits CPAS Cannabis Presentation To GAAB_05252019

Hear an audio of their remarks.

The Georgia Association of Business Brokers meets at conference room hosted by the Georgia Association of Realtors at 6065 Barfield Road, Sandy Springs, GA, 30328. The monthly GABB meeting is free and open to the public and is preceded at 9:45 a.m. by a free light breakfast and networking session.  The meeting will last from about 10:30 to somewhere between 11:30 and noon. Please fill out the form below if you are not a GABB member but wish to attend our meeting.

While Andrew specializes in working with small and middle market companies and their related owners, his background allows him to serve a broad client base from smaller “mom & pop” type establishments to much larger corporate conglomerates. He has extensive experience helping clients recognize and implement tax saving opportunities and prides himself on recognizing opportunities often missed by others. Prior to joining Frazier & Deeter, Andrew led major initiatives that include helping clients implement the IRS Tangible Property Regulations and filing related accounting method changes which resulted in his clients saving millions of dollars in taxes.

At Frazier and Detter, Andrew is an active member on the pass-through team and participates in the overall delivery of tax compliance, consulting and planning services offered by the firm.

Before joining Frazier & Deeter, Andrew spent just over nine years working with clients in the automotive, manufacturing & distribution, trucking, legal, technology and service based industries at various other accounting firms in Atlanta.

Matthew Foster, CPA, of Frazier & Deeter, speaking to the GABB.

Matthew Foster is a Partner in the Atlanta and Las Vegas office tax practices and serves as the firm’s National Practice Leader for the Cannabis Industry. He has over a decade of experience in public accounting, with the majority spent practicing at Frazier & Deeter, LLC.

Matthew’s primary areas of focus are middle market companies that are privately owned or backed by private equity. His tax expertise in this area has allowed him to help his clients with various opportunities, such as corporate structuring for tax strategies, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and ESOPs. His clients operate in a variety of industries including, but not limited to, manufacturing, distribution, technology, real estate and construction.

Jennifer Gruner, CPA, of Frazier & Deeter, speaking to the GABB.

Jennifer Gruner has more than 11 years of public accounting experience, which includes five years with Ernst & Young’s real estate tax compliance department. Jennifer has a wealth of experience with tax compliance for small to large national real estate developers, builders, investors in commercial estate and the individual partners of those firms. In addition, she has signification experience with various types of investors of real estate deals, including foreign and domestic individuals, syndicators, foreign and domestic funds, including tax exempt investors and REITs.

Jennifer has extensive knowledge of limited partnerships, limited liability companies and family partnerships with multi-tier structures operating or investing in various states. She also has experience with complex partnership allocations and waterfalls, technical terminations, sale of assets, depreciation and federal and state withholding for foreign and domestic investors.

The GABB is the state’s largest and oldest association of professionals who specialize in brokering the purchase and sale of businesses and franchises. Broker members help owners determine the asking price of their business, create marketing plans and strategies for selling their business, identify and qualify buyers, and have the knowledge, experience and skills needed to help maintain the confidential nature of the process. The professionals of GABB relentlessly pursue professional development so they can provide superior, ethical services for all customers and clients. Affiliate members include bankers, lawyers, appraisers, insurers and other professionals like Mr. Moore who work closely with brokers to help owners and buyers get to the closing table.

For more information about GABB, please contact GABB President Dean Burnette at 912-247-3209 or, or GABB Executive Director Diane Loupe at or 404-374-3990.

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