Choose The Right Government Advisor

Government agencies and municipalities are subject to scrutiny by the public, politicians, grantor agencies, law enforcement agencies, consumer watchdogs and bondholders. A very public profile requires a very competent accounting firm. White Nelson Diehl Evans has been serving the government sector in Southern California since the 1950s. With more than 100 governmental clients, we are one of this sector’s largest regional practices within the state.

We are a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Governmental Audit Quality Center, which requires a commitment to the highest quality standards. We also are independent members of the BDO Alliance, with access to its Government Industry Group, a highly valued resource for developing government accounting solutions. The superior quality of our service to the government sector is demonstrated by the many clients who have won the Certificate of Achievement for Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.

White Nelson has been recognized as one of Southern California’s most reliable and dependable CPA firms doing governmental engagements. Our approach is quite different from other firms’ methodology. We perform extensive substantaive work and examine more detail to ensure that the information reported is correct and complies with all regulations.

Stopping Scandals Before They Start

Agency administrators and elected municipal officials want to serve the public, not be sidelined by the threat of fraud and mismanagement or bankruptcy. Agencies and municipalities are subject to close scrutiny, and media exposure can magnify even relatively minor irregularities. We understand that a lot is on the line when auditing a governmental entity. Careers can be put at risk and budgets might be cut. Elected officials may lose the confidence of their constituents. There are penalties for failing to file accurate Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports on a timely basis.

Detecting and preventing problems is a high priority, one that is admirably served by our senior forensic accountants. We have the expertise to optimize systems for preventing and detecting fraud. We can investigate frauds that have already taken place and provide detailed documentation of improper activity. Our firm can ensure compliance with IRS and state regulations and represent agencies involved in IRS audits. Our goal is help governmental agencies fulfill their expectations of transparency and accountability.

White Nelson Diehl Evans is uniquely equipped to service the Southern California governmental community because of our deep talent pool – we have six partners devoted to government advisory services. Most of our competitors are smaller and have only two or three partners with this expertise. If one of our partners must drop out of governmental engagement, we have enough resources to assign another partner to take over the work without missing a beat. We don’t believe it’s a coincidence that every government client that we audit and provide Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports wins the Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting.

A Full Roster of Government Client Services

We are a full-service CPA firm providing a complete range of services to government entities, including:

  • Audits
  • Business license tax reviews
  • Cable television franchise consulting services
  • Design of accounting procedure manuals
  • Fraud investigations
  • Human resource and payroll services
  • Internal control reviews
  • Litigation support services
  • Performance and operational reviews of municipal golf courses
  • Economic development services
  • Reviews of solid waste haulers and rate negotiations
  • Tax consulting for employee compensation and benefit plans
  • Transient Occupancy Tax and other franchise reviews

White Nelson Diehl Evans is also a leader governmental tax education. We sponsor a set of an annual government tax seminars every December throughout Southern California. The seminars focus on current federal/state tax developments, and is for the benefit of local governmental agencies, including cities, counties, water districts, special districts and government-related joint power authorities. The seminars educate CPAs, lawyers, finance officers and many other groups of government employees. The California State Board of Accountancy recognizes these seminars for governmental continuing education credits. We also publish a Government Tax Manual and distribute copies at our government tax seminars. The 250-page manual addresses current developments in government tax laws, including:

  • How health care bills affect government entities
  • How the IRS is currently handling examinations of government agencies
  • Recent tax legislation affecting government entities
  • Reporting issues related to compensation
  • The taxation of fringe benefits provided to government employees, including insurance plans

White Nelson Diehl Evans ranks as a top Southern California regional CPA firm with a first-rate depth of knowledge about government advisory services.


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Government Overview

At White Nelson Diehl Evans, we know how difficult it is to stay ahead of the complex and dynamic tax laws. From new standards changing revenue recognition rules to the impact of the Affordable Care Act, our goal is to help our clients stay in front of tax issues that impact your bottom line. To help in this effort, we have put together a comprehensive tax-planning guide and it’s available to download for free.

Partner Testimonial

“Serving governmental agencies has been a core practice at WNDE for nearly nine decades. We understand the intense financial and regulatory pressures put upon public entities, and strive to deliver audit, tax and advisory services, that not only meet compliance requirements, but also help our clients meet budgets and deliver necessary services.”

Nitin Patel Audit Partner